The Burning Land

The Burning Land

A Novel

Book - 2010
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After breaking with King Alfred of Wessex and joining the Danes and the Vikings in hopes of reclaiming Bebbanburg, warlord Uhtred switches sides again after Alfred's daughter pleads with him to take command of the Mercian army.

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The fifth installment of Bernard Cornwell’s bestselling Saxon Tales chronicling the epic saga of the making of England, “like Game of Thrones, but real” (The Observer, London)—the basis for The Last Kingdom, the hit BBC America television series.

At the end of the ninth century, King Alfred of Wessex is in ill health; his heir, an untested youth. His enemy, the Danes, having failed to conquer Wessex, now see their chance for victory. Led by the sword of savage warrior Harald Bloodhair, the Viking hordes attack. But Uhtred, Alfred’s reluctant warlord, proves his worth, outwitting Harald and handing the Vikings one of their greatest defeats.

For Uhtred, the sweetness of victory is soon overshadowed by tragedy. Breaking with Alfred, he joins the Vikings, swearing never again to serve the Saxon king. Instead, he will reclaim his ancestral fortress on the Northumbrian coast. Allied with his old friend Ragnar-and his old foe Haesten-he aims to invade and conquer Wessex itself.  But fate has different plans . . .

In The Burning Land, Bernard Cornwell, “the reigning king of historical fiction” (USA Today), delivers a rousing saga of Anglo-Saxon England-an irresistible new chapter in his thrilling Saxon Tales, the epic story of the birth of England and the legendary king who made it possible.



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After breaking with King Alfred of Wessex and joining the Danes and the Vikings in hopes of reclaiming Bebbanburg, warlord Uhtred switches sides again after Alfred's daughter pleads with him to take command of the Mercian army and protect Britain from being conquered. By the author of the best-selling Agincourt. 200,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Harper, [2010]
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9780060888749
0060888741
Call Number: FIC COR
Characteristics: 336 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm

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jaybird443
Dec 25, 2016

I'm enjoying this whole series and would recommend it. I would classify as "historical fiction" but the non-fiction elements are interesting and work well with the fictional story. The TV series is great too!

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Blabbermouth
Sep 03, 2014

Another enjoyable book. Another great adventure. I'm dreading coming to the end of this series. I will miss the great warrior Uhtred. The book has great heroes, great villains, it's historical, exciting fights & battles. Everything you could ask for in a good read. Well done Mr Cornwell.

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mnadow
Nov 22, 2013

This is one of the better books of the series. Great plot development, and I felt I knew the the characters in depth.
Two great battles are told, with lots of action and intrigue. I have always felt that the book is only as good as its villain and Cornwell has created a good one here, actually a few good ones.

One thing I love about reading Bernard Cornwell books is that I am always learning, and wanting to learn more. I always have Wikipedia opened up to research what I am reading, and this book was no exception.

Thanks for writing it, such a pleasure to read !

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scout95b
Aug 15, 2013

zipread,
Some of the Richard Sharpe series were made into movies and quite good.

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glen1557
Jun 13, 2012

Another great book by Bernard Cornwell. Well written and historically accurate.

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tvo321
May 24, 2011

This story is great i wish there were more similar story like this

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windcyclist
Mar 29, 2011

Outstanding page turner throughout. Character development and empathy is superior, but Bernard Cornwell is a master storyteller so the novel is most captivating.

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zipread
Mar 29, 2010

True to Cornwell's style, this historical novel set in the days of the ancient kings of pre-England, is full of swash-buckling adventure, chivalry, violence, blood and gore, and more than its fair share of violence --- in short, a great book with lots of action. Someone who reads this as their first exposure to Cornwell will surely track down the rest of his books --- and there are a lot of them. Tell me --- has someone made movies of these books?

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