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4.00070028011204 out of 54.00070028011204 out of 54.00070028011204 out of 54.00070028011204 out of 54.00070028011204 out of 5 4.00 (2,856 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bernard Cornwell Narrator: Stephen Perring Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Warrior Chronicles / Saxon Stories Release Date:
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The fate of a new nation rests in the hands of a reluctant warrior in this thrilling sixth volume in the acclaimed New York Times bestselling Saxon Chronicles series.

As the ninth century wanes, Alfred the Great lies dying, his dream of a unified England in danger and his kingdom on the brink of chaos. While his son, Edward, has been named his successor, there are other Saxon claimants to the throne—as well as ambitious pagan Vikings to the north.

Uhtred, the Saxon-born, Viking-raised warrior, whose life seems to shadow the making of England itself, is torn between his vows to Alfred and his desire to reclaim his long-lost ancestral lands and castle in the north. As the king’s warrior, he is duty-bound, but Alfred’s reign is nearing its end, and Uhtred has sworn no oath to the crown prince. Despite his long years of service, Uhtred is still loath to commit to the old king’s Saxon cause of a united and Christian England. Now he must make a momentous decision, one that will forever transform his life—and the course of history: take up arms—and Alfred’s mantle—or lay down his sword and allow the dream of a unified kingdom to fall into oblivion.

A harrowing story of the power of tribal commitment and the dilemma of divided loyalties, Death of Kings is the latest chapter in the epic saga of the making of England, magnificently brought to life by “the reigning king of historical fiction” (USA Today).

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Cornwell] writes morally complicated and intricate stories, and he’s won a following not just among readers but also among fellow writers.”

    New York Times

  • “Gripping…Mr. Cornwell’s Saxon Stories subvert myths of national origin as few would dare. They are ‘unofficial histories’—and all the more realistic for that.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Compelling.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Cornwell’s love scenes are as deft as his action scenes, though far fewer, of course—all driven by a hard-shelled, sporadically soft-hearted, always charismatic protagonist.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Chap | 5/4/2016

    " The Death of Kings by Bernard Cornwell is the sixth book in the Saxon Series. Listen to them in order. The tale gets better and better. This particular book is narrated by Stephen Perring and he is very good. Exellent book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Peter Haverty | 2/20/2014

    " dreadful, a dreadful book i was such a fan of this series but this is just a filler in. mr cornwell could/should have wrapped this story up 4 or 5 books but me thinks he is in it for the money and gonna draaaag it out , what a pity "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brian Lee | 2/10/2014

    " good. almost great. but not as thrilling as the first three books in this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tiago | 2/8/2014

    " Narrativa excelente, bastante detalhada nas batalhas, o que deixa os acontecimentos empolgantes! "

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