Death of Kings, Bernard Cornwell
Posted: Tue October 23rd, 2012, 3:17 pm
As the ninth century wanes, Alfred the Great lies dying, his lifelong goal of a unified England in peril, his kingdom on the brink of chaos. Though his son, Edward, has been named his successor, there are other Saxon claimants to the throneas well as ambitious pagan Vikings to the north. Torn between his vows to Alfred and the desire to reclaim his long-lost ancestral lands in the north, Uhtred, Saxon-born and Viking-raised, remains the king's warrior but has sworn no oath to the crown prince. Now he must make a momentous decision that will forever transform his life and the course of history: to take up armsand Alfred's mantleor lay down his sword and let his liege's dream of a unified kingdom die along with him.
~~~~~~~~~~~~I have to admit that this latest addition to the beloved Saxon series doesn't live up to the usual excitement of the previous books. There's no huge battle. Only the "battle" at the end comes even close to what I'm used to from this series. Alfred, of course, dies and Edward is just as wishy-washy about the Danes as his father. I'm sorry but if I were Uhtred I'd have bailed, commitment or no. lol As I said, there are no major battles (see previous statement about Edward's wishy-washiness) so for me the whole story was a bit lacklustre. And now Cornwell seems to be stretching things out. I'd definitely like to read about Uhtred reclaiming his home, but getting there seems to be a dragging affair. 3/5 stars