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  • Hardcover
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  • Death of Kings
  • Bernard Cornwell
  • English
  • 23 July 2017
  • 9780007331789

10 thoughts on “Death of Kings

  1. says:

    ”Alfred looked dead already Indeed I might have thought him a corpse if he had not pulled his hand away from Osferth who was in tears The king’s long face was pale as fleece with sunken eyes sunken cheeks and dark shadows His hair had thinned and gone white His gums had pulled back from his remaining teeth his unshaven chin was stained with spittle while the hand on the book was mere skin covered bones on which a great ruby shone the

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    This series gets better with age Over the years Uhtred has fought in countless battles and he has slain a countless number of people He has led warriors and even armies all in the name of Alfred the Great and now Alfred is dying; he is old sick and full of bitter regret On his death bed he tries one time to unify England under the banner of Wessex and as ever Uthred must lead this final unrewarding attempt But is it too late? Indeed despite

  3. says:

    Check out my review for this fantastic book on Grimdark Magazine at Grimdark MagazineDeath of Kings the continuation of Uhtred of Beb

  4. says:

    These books make me wanna go In an England ravaged by Danes as marvelously and meticulously laid out by Bernard Cornwell in his The Last Kingdom series an English lord with Danish roots finds himself often at odds with which side to side with Here in book six Death of Kings the English king who's ruled since the beginning of the series final

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    A few days ago I was sent the following joke'A girl no better than she should be goes to the local council to gain some help She has ten sons and when asked their names she saysNathan Nathan Nathan Nathan etc The official asks her 'Isn't that a bit confusing ?' 'No' she says 'It makes my life so much easier I just go out into the s

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    Man how do i love Uthred he is in an interesting age right now most of the famous warriorsif not all of them| are already dead at this period of time and he has become a legend feared and envied by all and a target for all the young warriors seeking fame gold and glory but Uthred's experience shows itself knowing when to slaughter and when to hold back when to be bold and when to be cautious helps him in this fantastic novel

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    Uhtred is back in the sixth installment of the Saxon series King Alfred later known as Alfred the Great to us is dying and is dead partway through the story leaving the kingdom open to attack from different opponents especially the Danes But they don't attack right away and this puzzles Uhtred so he goes off exploring into Dane territory as well as seeking the input from a witch Of course is happening than Uhtred realiz

  8. says:

    I thought I had run out of steam with Uthred and King Alfred and their wars against the Danes in 9th century England But the BBC America mini series production of “The Last Kingdom” was so tasty and fabulous I got hungry for Cornwell’s writing again So glad I did This one was so satisfying up there with the thrills of the first one of the series Uhtred who was born into Saxon nobility in Northumberland but kidnap

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    Bernard Cornwell is a prolific author and usually reliable to deliver a solid historical novel with clearly sketched battle scenes and heroic deeds of valor yet not all things are created eual and I have come to appreciate some of his stuff than others The Saxon Chronicles are at the top of my preference list together with his Arthurian epic

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    As Alfred is dyingan Uhthred in his middle ages shows no dulling of his vigour and fierceness of a warrior The Danes on Alfred's death embark on another campaign to conuer England And my favourite was reading about Uthred's lover Alfred's warlike daughter AethelfladUthred visits an old sorceress who predicts the death of four kings and of all of Uthred's lovesA brilliant window into 10th century Saxon England Uthred again thril

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Death of Kings

N to renewed warfare Alfred wants his son Edward to succeed him but there are other Saxon claimants to the throne as well as ambitious pagan Vikings to the north Uhtred's loyalty and his vows were to Alfred not to his son and despite his long years of service to Alfred he is still not committed to the Saxon cause His own desire is to reclaim his long lost lands and castle to the north B. These books make me wanna go In an England ravaged by Danes as marvelously and meticulously laid out by Bernard Cornwell in his The Last Kingdom series an English lord with Danish roots finds himself often at odds with which side to side with Here in book six Death of Kings the English king who s ruled since the beginning of the series finally kicks the bucket and now the new kid gets to sit in the big boy chairand the new kid is shitting his britches Lord Uhtred to the rescueLots of little armies move about a well described Medieval English countryside angling for position and on the verge of attack during a trying time for the country This is the Danes big chance to win it all for themselves and our anti hero Uhtred is tasked with discovering their plans In true Cornwell style his main character has as many enemies and ill wishers in his own camp as he has actual enemies so it s a struggle at every turn I gave it four stars yet Death of Kings wasn t necessarily better than others in the series I just liked it better than most I think because it s one of the balanced of Cornwell s books The typical character problems and actual historical stuff blend well together here Nice pacing on the action too This is a solid bridge to the next book CHARGE

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Ut the challenge to him as the king's warrior is that he knows that he will either be the means of making Alfred's dream of a united and Christian England come to pass or be responsible for condemning it to oblivion This novel is a dramatic story of the power of tribal commitment and the terrible difficulties of divided loyalties This is the making of England magnificently brought to li. Bernard Cornwell is a prolific author and usually reliable to deliver a solid historical novel with clearly sketched battle scenes and heroic deeds of valor yet not all things are created eual and I have come to appreciate some of his stuff than others The Saxon Chronicles are at the top of my preference list together with his Arthurian epic The Warlord Saga And Death of Kings may be the best of the Saxon books published yet Alfred the Great is on his death bed his long illness progressing despite fervent prayers from his priests and his dream of uniting all Saxon kingdoms under one rule is about to die with him Around Wessex the Danes are gathering their armies and their longboats like vultures around a sick beast The priests that surround Alfred believe peace can be had in exchange for holy relics and long prayers One man knows that only strong arms and hard steel will defend the dream of one Britain Uhtred of Bebbanburg has been the shield and sword of Alfred for many years yet he has little to show for his victories in battle Impoverished and sidelined by the priests who resent his faith in the Norse Gods and his libertine lifestyle Uhtred knows that Wessex stands ready to be teared apart from without by the Danes and from withing by competing claimants to the succession of Alfred There are seasons of our lives when nothing seems to be happening when no smoke betrays a burned town or homestead and few tears are shed for the newly dead I have learned not to trust those times because if the world is at peace then it means someone is planning wars The political chess game was not so difficult to follow although there are many players involved and my three year break from the series made previous events a little hazy The novel shines in other aspects like the transition of Uhtred from an impulsive berserker and bloodthirsty killing machine into a strong leader of men a tactician and a wily manipulator of information setting traps for his adversaries and turning their own tricks against them To illustrate the Danes know that people in tenth century Britain were a superstitious lot Uhtred included and they set up and pay a witch to prophesize the doom of Alfred s allies and the victory of their own side She was ugliness in human guise the galdridge the aglaecwif Aelfadell After going to the oracle himself and experimenting with shrooms and sex Uhtred decides to set up his own shrine and have a few Christian virgin maids allegedly promise victory to the Saxons and doom to the Vikings It is a complex game than I m trying to paint here view spoiler and it ends badly hide spoiler

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The master of historical fiction presents the iconic story of King Alfred and the making of a nation As the ninth century wanes England appears about to be plunged into chaos once For the Viking raised but Saxon born warrior Uhtred whose life seems to shadow the making of England this presents him with difficult choices King Alfred is dying and his passing threatens the island of Britai. This series gets better with age Over the years Uhtred has fought in countless battles and he has slain a countless number of people He has led warriors and even armies all in the name of Alfred the Great and now Alfred is dying he is old sick and full of bitter regret On his death bed he tries one time to unify England under the banner of Wessex and as ever Uthred must lead this final unrewarding attempt But is it too late Indeed despite this last ditch attempt Alfred s enemies smell blood they can see his weakness and sense the fragility of his reign they are ready to pounce they are ready to cut the throat of Wessex The schemers know that without Alfred the kingdom will ultimately fall So they are waiting for his long prolonged demise It is close on the horizon leaving Uhtred in a difficult situation He is hated by most if not all of Wessex so he must gain Edward s trust He must prize Alfred s son away from the churchmen or the kingdom will most certainly fall and with it Uhtred If not Edward like his farther would take the advice in matters of war which most certainly fall out of the men of the cloth s expertise victory does not come to men who listen to their fears Edward needs to learn that the churchmen belong in the pulpit and not in councils of war The warrior doesn t dictate matters of faith after all so the bishops should not control the armies That should be left to men like Uhtred because only he can lead King s armies to victory only he can save the kingdom of Wessex And maybe just maybe in the process the young Edward may learn a little about warfare in the process from the master himself Maybe he will learn how to lead men on to the battlefield as a King should Has age finally caught up with him Uhtred as ever is characterised superbly he is no longer a young man as the first sign of old age are beginning to harry his steps Younger warriors see him as a means to an end If they could only sleigh him then they would be showered with renown Uhtred has become one of the legends he once looked up to and has become a source of fear and inspiration within the ranks of Saxon and Dane He is still as tough as ever but cautious Experience has taught him when to strike and when to defend he knows how to survive war and the schemers that will always try to drag him down into the mud My banner was behind me and that banner would attract ambitious men They wanted my skull as a drinking cup my name as a trophy They watched me as I watched them and they saw a man covered in mud but a warlord with a wolf crested helmet and arm rings of gold and with close linked mail and a cloak of darkest blue hemmed with golden threads and a sword that was famous throughout BritainI feel like in this novel Uhtred is starting to enter a new phase of his life he is beginning to age It will be interesting to see how far this affects his life in later books He is still the shield of Wessex but the young Edward must learn that he will not always have the towering might of Uhtred at his back one day he will grow too old to draw Serpent s Breath for Wessex and one day Wessex will have to fend for itself Needless to say at this point I love this series Nobody does this uite as well as Cornwell Hopefully by the time the next book is released I ll have caught up with the rest of the books The Saxon Stories 1 The Last Kingdom A fine five stars2 The Pale Horsman A brilliant five stars3 Lords of the North A vengeful four stars4 Sword Song A familiar four stars5 The Burning Land A loyal five stars6 Death of Kings A mighty five stars


About the Author: Bernard Cornwell

Cornwell was born in London in 1944 His father was a Canadian airman and his mother who was English a member of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force He was adopted and brought up in Essex by the Wiggins family who were members of the Peculiar People a strict Protestant sect who banned frivolity of all kinds and even medicine After he left them he changed his name to his birth mother's maiden n