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By Bernard Cornwell

In a conflict of heroes, the dominion is born. on the finish of the 9th century, King Alfred of Wessex is in ailing overall healthiness; his inheritor, an untested early life. His enemy, the Danes, having didn't overcome Wessex, now see their probability for victory. Led by means of the sword of savage warrior Harald Bloodhair, the Viking hordes assault. yet Uhtred, Alfred's reluctant warlord, proves his worthy, outwitting Harald and handing the Vikings considered one of their maximum defeats. For Uhtred, the beauty of victory is quickly overshadowed through tragedy. Breaking with Alfred, he joins the Vikings, swearing by no means back to serve the Saxon king. as a substitute, he'll reclaim his ancestral fort at the Northumbrian coast. Allied along with his previous buddy Ragnar—and his previous foe Haesten—he goals to invade and triumph over Wessex itself. but destiny has assorted plans. The Danes of East Anglia and the Vikings of Northumbria are plotting the conquest of all Britain. while Alfred's daughter pleads with Uhtred for aid, he can't refuse her request. In a determined gamble, he's taking command of a demoralized Mercian military, prime them in an unforgettable conflict on a blood-soaked box beside the Thames. within the Burning Land, Bernard Cornwell, "the reigning king of ancient fiction" (USA Today), promises a rousing saga of Anglo-Saxon England—an impossible to resist new bankruptcy in his exciting Saxon stories, the epic tale of the beginning of britain and the mythical king who made it attainable.

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