Sword Song, Paperback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


The fourth in the bestselling Alfred series from number one historical novelist, Bernard Cornwell.

The year is 885, and England is at peace, divided between the Danish kingdom to the north and Alfred's kingdom of Wessex in the south.

But trouble stirs, a dead man has risen and new Vikings have arrived to occupy London.

It is a dangerous time, and it falls to Uhtred, half Saxon, half Dane, a man feared and respected the length and breadth of Britain, to expel the Viking raiders and take control of London for Alfred.

His uncertain loyalties must now decide England's future.

A gripping tale of love, rivalry and violence, Sword Song tells the story of England's making.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages, Illustrations, 1 map
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Historical fiction
  • ISBN: 9780007219735



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I really enjoyed this one. It did sort of follow a Bernard Cornwell pattern but, like it says on the blurb it is really well researched (actually, how do I know that? I'm no historian, it could be really poorly researched and I'd be none the wiser!). The characters are well drawn. Like Cornwell's most famous work (Sharpie!!!) the hero does have his faults but it's really clear who you're supposed to like and who you're supposed to hate. I can't help feeling a bit sorry for Uhtred's missus. I was expecting her to meet an untimely end all the way through this book but she made it, there's just a sort of sense of doom about the way that she's written though that makes me think she won't make it to the end of the series. All in all a really good, easy read and I know a bit more now about the politics of King Alfred's time. I'll definitely be getting the rest of the series.

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