The Burning Land

The Burning Land

Book - 2009
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The latest in the bestselling Alfred series from number one historical novelist, Bernard Cornwell.

In the last years of the ninth century, King Alfred of Wessex is in failing health, and his heir is an untested youth. The Danes, who have failed so many times to conquer Wessex, smell opportunity...

First comes Harald Bloodhair, a savage warrior leading a Viking horde, who is encouraged to cruelty by his woman, Skade. But Alfred still has the services of Uhtred, his unwilling warlord, who leads Harald into a trap and, at Farnham in Surrey, inflicts one of the greatest defeats the Vikings were ever to suffer.

This novel, the fifth in the magnificent series of England's history tells of the final assaults on Alfred's Wessex, that Wessex survived to become England is because men like Uhtred defeated an enemy feared throughout Christendom.

Publisher: London : HarperCollins, c2009
ISBN: 9780007219742
9780007219759
Branch Call Number: FIC COR
Characteristics: 336 p. : map, geneal. table ; 24 cm

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jaybird443
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!

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Blabbermouth
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.

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mnadow
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 !

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scout95b
Aug 15, 2013

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

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glen1557
Jun 13, 2012

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

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tvo321
May 24, 2011

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

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windcyclist
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.

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zipread
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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brianf
Nov 08, 2009

This is the latest book in The Saxon Series not The Alfred series as indicated in the description.

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