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


The fourth novel in Bernard Cornwell's epic and bestselling series on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg.BBC2's major Autumn 2015 TV show THE LAST KINGDOM is based on the first two books in the series.To serve a king or become one?

Uhtred - warrior, pagan, scourge of the Vikings - faces a hard choice.Despite being offered a crown of his own, Uhtred is a man of his word. And he gave it to King Alfred of Wessex, who dreams of an England free from Vikings.

So when the king orders him to take London from the Danes and hand it to his foolish son-in-law Aethelred, Uhtred agrees despite his concerns.For Aethelred's wife is the king's spirited daughter Aethelflaed and her fate is entwined with Uhtred's. And fate will not be denied ...Uhtred of Bebbanburg's mind is as sharp as his sword.

A thorn in the side of the priests and nobles who shape his fate, this Saxon raised by Vikings is torn between the life he loves and those he has sworn to serve.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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  • 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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