Britain is in a state of uneasy peace. Northumbria’s Viking ruler, Sigtryggr, and Mercia’s Saxon queen, Æthelflaed, have agreed on a truce. And so England’s greatest warrior, Uhtred of Bebbanburg, at last has the chance to take back the land his traitorous uncle stole from him so many years ago–and which his scheming cousin still occupies.
But fate is inexorable, and the enemies Uhtred has made and the oaths he has sworn conspire to distract him from his dream of recapturing his home. New enemies enter into the fight for England’s kingdoms: the redoubtable Constantin of Scotland seizes an opportunity for conquest and leads his armies south. Britain’s precarious peace threatens to turn into a war of annihilation. Yet Uhtred is determined that nothing–neither the new adversaries nor the old foes who combine against him–will keep him from his birthright.
What I thought
And just like that, I’m all out of Uhtred stories, which makes me so very sad. Once again, I am at a loss to say which of these books has been my favorite because I have loved each and every one. I hate to sound so cliche, but after ending this series (or rather, catching up with this series), I feel like I’ve lost some friends. I’m glad I only have to wait until this fall for the next installment. I will be counting down the days, that’s for sure.
This series, including this book, has been so much fun to read and I have loved reading these books along with my husband. There are twists and turns, battle scenes, valor, glory, wit, humor, and theology, among much more. We always had something to talk about. There was rarely a dull moment–it was so hard to put these down.
With this book, in particular, I was glad to see that this will not be the end of Uhtred’s story, like I thought it might be. Usually once a character reaches their goal, it seems like there isn’t a point to continue the story beyond that. But I’m glad to hear that we are not done with Uhtred yet. I cannot reiterate enough times–this is one of THE BEST book series I have EVER read. As long as Bernard Cornwell keeps writing Uhtred’s story, I will keep reading along. I cannot recommend these books highly enough.