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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 Tales Release Date:
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The sixth installment of Bernard Cornwell’s bestselling series chronicling the epic saga of the making of England, “like Game of Thrones, but real” (The Observer, London)—the basis for The Last Kingdom, the hit BBC America television series.

As the ninth century wanes, England is perched once more on the brink of chaos. King Alfred is dying; with his passing, the island of Britain seems doomed to renewed warfare. Alfred wants his son Edward to succeed him, but there are other Saxon claimants to the throne—as well as ambitious pagan Vikings to the north.

With the promise of battle looming again, Uhtred, the Viking-raised but Saxon-born warrior, whose life seems to shadow the making of England itself, is torn between competing loyalties. Uhtred’s loyalty, and his vows, are to Alfred—not to his son—and despite long years of service to the old king, Uhtred is still reluctant to commit to Alfred’s cause. His own desire is to reclaim his long lost ancestral lands and castle to the north. As the king’s warrior he is duty-bound, but the king’s reign is nearing its end, and his death will leave a vacuum of power. Uhtred is forced to make a momentous choice: either take up arms—and Alfred’s mantle—to realize his dream of a united and Christian England, or be responsible for condemning it to oblivion.

Death of Kings is a harrowing story of the power of tribal commitment and the dilemma of divided loyalties. This is the making of England magnificently brought to life by “the best historical novelist writing today” (Vince Flynn).

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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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