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 a 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 tide of shifting allegiances and deadly power struggles, Uhtred–Alfred’s sharpest sword–must now make the choice that will determine England’s future.
What I thought
I have truly loved every book in this series, but I think that this one was my favorite so far. Again, I won’t go into too much detail for fear of spoilers, but I have definitely grown attached to this cast of characters. I have enjoyed their journey (and in particular, Uhtred’s journey) all along, but I think that this installment has a plot that I was able to get lost in more than the last book. Not to mention, the writing was some of Cornwell’s best, in my opinion. I can’t count the number of times I found myself pausing & rereading passages just because they were so beautiful. Once again, I loved it, simply put. I’m having such a wonderful time with this series, especially getting to read it with my hubby!