Goodreads: Sword Song (The Saxon Stories #4)
Author: Bernard Cornwell
Published: 22nd January 2008 (Harper)
Source: Charity Shop
Rating: 3/5 (Liked it)
Official Summary: “The year is 885, and England is at peace, divided between the Danish Kingdom to the north and the Saxon kingdom of Wessex in the south. Warrior by instinct and Viking by nature, Uhtred, the dispossessed son of Northumbrian lord, has land, a wife and children-and a duty to King Alfred to hold the frontier on the Thames. But a dead man has risen, and new Vikings have invaded the decayed Roman city of London with dreams of conquering Wessex…with Uhtred’s help. Suddenly forced to weigh his oath to the king against the dangerous turning side of shifting allegiances and deadly power struggles, Uhtred-Alfred’s sharpest sword-must now make the choice that will determine England’s future.” – Goodreads
Review: This is the best one in the series so far but then again I am only like 4th in and there are like 200 hundred more right? I don’t know it just felt like Uhtred felt calmer, more confident. He knew his place, he didn’t really like it but he knew what he had to do. He also knew how to keep true to himself as a person. He got people left right and center telling him he should be doing it their way, yet he does not break to their will. He bends and adapts everything to his way.
I did get a little confused when I started, it had skipped a few years. Suddenly he married and with kids. I was like wait what? I thought I had missed a book but I hadn’t.
Alfred’s daughter was a smart move to add, it added so much more to the world already been built and changed the tone a little from the previous books.
The year is 885…. wow… now that’s some serious historical fiction.
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