The Burning Land

The Burning Land

eBook - 2009
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The fifth 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 King Alfred he is the 'lord of battles'. He has gained riches, loyal men and a beloved wife. But Uhtred is dogged by betrayal and tragedy. The ailing Alfred presses Uhtred to swear loyalty to his son and heir Edward, preventing the warrior lord from taking vengeance on those who stole his home at Bebbanburg. Now Uthred will once again defend the Christian kingdom - in a battle which could smash the growing power of the deadly Danes. In so doing he meets a woman more dangerous than any warlord. A killer, a schemer with a dark power over men's hearts: Skade. 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.
Publisher: London : HarperCollins, 2009
ISBN: 9780007290017
Characteristics: 278 p. : map


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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!

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.

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 !

Aug 15, 2013

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

Jun 13, 2012

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

May 24, 2011

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

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.

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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