Warriors of the Storm [electronic resource] Bernard Cornwell.
- ISBN: 9780062250964 (electronic bk)
- Physical Description: 1 online resource
|Summary, etc.:|| The ninth installment of Bernard Cornwell's bestselling series chronicling the epic saga of the making of England, "like Game of Thrones, but real" (The Observer, London)—the basis for The Last Kingdom, the hit television series coming to Netflix in Fall 2016.A fragile peace reigns in Wessex, Mercia and East Anglia. King Alfred's son Edward and formidable daughter, Aethelflaed, rule the kingdoms. But all around the restless Northmen, eyeing the rich lands and wealthy churches, are mounting raids.Uhtred of Bebbanburg, the kingdoms' greatest warrior, controls northern Mercia from the strongly fortified city of Chester. But forces are gathering against him. Northmen allied to the Irish, led by the fierce warrior Ragnall Ivarson, are soon joined by the Northumbrians, and their strength could prove overwhelming. Despite the gathering threat, both Edward and Aethelflaed are reluctant to move out of the safety of their fortifications. But with Uhtred's own daughter married to Ivarson's brother, who can be trusted?In the struggle between family and loyalty, between personal ambition and political commitment, there will be no easy path. But a man with a warrior's courage may be able to find it. Such a man is Uhtred, and this may be his finest hour.
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- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2015 December #2
Cornwell (The Empty Throne, 2015) continues his epic rendering of the long and brutal path toward the unification of Britain, in appropriately bloody fashion. As in the previous eight installments of the Saxon Tales, the indomitable Uhtred of Bebbanburg narrates as he moves from one spectacular battle to the next. Though the late King Alfred's son, Edward, rules Wessex and East Anglia, and his daughter, Aethelflaed, holds a tenuous grip on Mercia, with Uhtred's assistance in the north, the Vikings are not content with the status quo. When Uhtred's old enemy, Ragnall the Cruel, cobbles together a formidable coalition of Vikings, Irishmen, and Northumbrians, Uhtred, despite his somewhat divided loyalties, reacts to the threat of invasion in order to preserve the Saxon strongholds. Though this is a Cornwell novel and, therefore, the combat scenes are paramount, the tangled politics and social mores of the day are intricately interwoven into the plot, placing the frenzied action firmly into historical context. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.
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