As the ninth century wanes, Alfred the Great lies dying, his lifelong goal of a unified England in peril, his kingdom on the brink of chaos. Though his son, Edward, has been named successor, there are other Saxon claimants to the throne–as well as ambitious pagan Vikings to the north.
Torn between his vows to Alfred and the desire fo reclaim his long-lost ancestral lands in the north, Uhtred, Saxon-born and Viking-raised, remains the king’s warrior but has sworn no oath to the crown prince. Now he must make a momentous decision that will forever transform his life and the course of history: to take up arms–and Alfred’s mantle–or lay down his sword and let his liege’s dream of a unified kingdom die along with him.
What I thought
I feel like, at this point, it’s safe for me to say that it’s a given that I’m going to give each of these books a five-star rating. Yes, I could go into minute detail about all of the things I enjoyed or all of the minor flaws I could list. But let’s be real, that would get redundant pretty quick…not to mention, no book is perfect. Let it suffice to say that these books have come to occupy a very special place in my heart, and I’ve loved each one, flaws and all. I will say I did enjoy this one a little more than the last one, but that seems to happen with each book in this series. Uhtred is getting older, and I am still so fascinated by his character development. He is beginning to realize that he is no spring chicken, and this brings a whole new element to his character. England’s history hits a turning point in this installment, as well. I’m definitely curious to see what will happen in the books to come. I think Edward will learn, slowly but surely. I’ll be onto book #7 just as soon as it shows up in my mailbox!