Death of Kings

Death of Kings

A Novel

Book - 2011
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The sixth installment of Bernard Cornwell's bestselling series 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.

As the ninth century wanes, England is perched once more on the brink of chaos. King Alfred is dying; with his passing, the island of Britain seems doomed to renewed warfare. Alfred wants his son Edward to succeed him, but there are other Saxon claimants to the throne--as well as ambitious pagan Vikings to the north.

With the promise of battle looming again, Uhtred, the Viking-raised but Saxon-born warrior, whose life seems to shadow the making of England itself, is torn between competing loyalties. Uhtred's loyalty, and his vows, are to Alfred--not to his son--and despite long years of service to the old king, Uhtred is still reluctant to commit to Alfred's cause. His own desire is to reclaim his long lost ancestral lands and castle to the north. As the king's warrior he is duty-bound, but the king's reign is nearing its end, and his death will leave a vacuum of power. Uhtred is forced to make a momentous choice: either take up arms--and Alfred's mantle--to realize his dream of a united and Christian England, or be responsible for condemning it to oblivion.

Death of Kings is a harrowing story of the power of tribal commitment and the dilemma of divided loyalties. This is the making of England magnificently brought to life by "the best historical novelist writing today" (Vince Flynn).

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2011.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780061969652
0061969656
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: xii, 320 p. : map, geneal. table ; 24 cm.

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Blabbermouth
Sep 23, 2014

Uhtred is still fighting the fight. This time he loses a king but still ends up fighting on the side of the Christians & trying to unite England. There is good humour also this time. I love this series looking forward to the next book.

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gregp52
Dec 21, 2013

Definitely the least interesting of the Saxon series for me, a real disappointment considering the very high level of the rest of this series so far, but maybe he's set the bar so high it was impossible to maintain. This one feels like he's just treading water, marking time until the next adventure for Uhtred. No compelling villain, no real threat or plot, everything just felt perfunctory about this one. Here's hoping The Pagan Lord brings him back to top form.

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mnadow
Nov 22, 2013

Sadly, disappointing... I have really enjoyed the series so far, but this book was just not that interesting.

The plot seemed to be all over the place without much tying it together. Cornwell, takes you on a few different paths during the story that just seem to lead nowhere, and take up a lot of time in the book.

I usually enjoy researching as I am reading one of his stories, but with this book that was not the case.

There was no central villain. A central theme of the book, that there was no direction or leader of the opposing combatants and so there was no action, carried through to the story. The book seemed to go nowhere. It was unlike any other Cornwell book that I had read - boring :(

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jazpur
Nov 04, 2013

What an enjoyable surprise to find a Bernard Cornwell written with such wit and wry humour about the turbulent times of Anglo Saxon England; Alfred the Great and Edward, his successor with frequent incursions by the Danes not to mention the early Christian Church.Prophecies.Talismans.
Bloody hand-to-hand battles, of course.Quite brilliant.

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zipread
Apr 14, 2013

Death of Kings --- by Bernard Cornwell. It’s such a pleasant surprise. Just when you thought you’d read everything Cornwell had ever written you find, whoopee, there was one you didn’t know about. There are a number of books that have the same graphic on the front cover. This is not one of the Sharpe series. The setting of this historical novel is ninth century England when there were only Kingdoms like Mercia and Kent. The towns still went by names like Caester and and Sarisberie.Its the names of some of the protagonists I have trouble with: Aethelwulf, Aethelstan, Aethelbert. You get the point? Seems like every other character is some kind of Aeth. In this novel, Lord Uhted, long Alfred the Great’s a bulwark against the Danes comes to the aid of the new King Edward to save from destruction the dream that the now dead King had. If you are new to Cornwell, beware that there’s a lot of blood and guts, more so than is usual for this author. The wenching index, however, is down. Long time Cornwell fans will enjoy this novel. Five stars at least.

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ctaubaso
Dec 16, 2012

Really entertaining and funny. I strongly recommend if you like action and historical books.

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manders150
Jun 25, 2012

Once again Bernard Cornwell doesn't disappoint. I love this series of books about Uhtred. The battle scenes make you feel like you are there experiencing.

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digenio55
Jun 04, 2012

Have read all the previous books in this series which were really good but this one was really boring considering his usual stuff.

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Myles1
Mar 13, 2012

As usual, Cornwell does not disappoint. I am most relieved to see that he has left plenty of room for further books in this series. I am going to be terribly unhappy when the final book does arrive and i realize that there will be no more Uhtred of Babbenburg to come. A terrific yarn.

Daquan13oh Feb 10, 2012

Ii Hope Thiss Good

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