In a clash of heroes, the kingdom is born.
The year is 878. Uhtred, the dispossessed son of a Northumbrian lord, has helped the Saxons of Wessex defeat the invading Danes. Now, finally free of his allegiance to the victorious, ungrateful King Alfred, he is heading home to rescue his stepsister, a prisoner of Kjartan the Cruel in the formidable Danish stronghold of Dunholm. Uhtred’s best hope is his sword, Serpent-Breath, for his only allies are Hild, a West Saxon nun fleeing her calling, and Guthred, a slave who believes himself king. Rebellion, chaos, fear, and betrayal await them in the north, forcing Uhtred to turn once more, reluctantly, to the liege he formerly served in battle and blood: Alfred the Great.
What I thought
I truly believe, upon finishing this book, that I will never tire of Uhtred’s story. This is the third book in this series, and I loved it just as much as the first two. Yes, the structure of each book remains similar, but to me, I love that it feels familiar. As I pick up each subsequent book in this series, it feels like going home. I LOVE them.
In this installment, we see Uhtred really start to come into his own. He’s becoming wiser and he’s learning to be cunning, but he is still my beloved Uhtred at heart. Some scores get settled that I was dying to see how they turn out. And one of my favorite parts was when Beocca finally had a badass moment.
I’m going to keep this short, because I don’t want to give anything away for anyone who hasn’t read this far in the series. But this is brilliant historical fiction, end of story. Read this series! I’m onto book #4!