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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5,998 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bernard Cornwell Narrator: Jamie Glover Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Warrior Chronicles / Saxon Tales Release Date:
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The year is 885, and England is at peace, divided between the Danish kingdom to the north and the Saxon kingdom of Wessex in the south. Uhtred, the dispossessed son of a Northumbrian lord—warrior by instinct, Viking by nature—has finally settled down. He has land, a wife, two children, and a duty given to him by King Alfred to hold the frontier on the Thames. But then trouble stirs: a dead man has risen, and new Vikings have arrived to occupy the decayed Roman city of London. Their dream is to conquer Wessex, and to do it they need Uhtred’s help.

Alfred has other ideas. He wants Uhtred to expel the Viking raiders from London. Uhtred must weigh his oath to the king against the dangerous turning tide of shifting allegiances and deadly power struggles. It is Uhtred—half Saxon, half Dane—whose uncertain loyalties must now decide England’s future.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A rousing romp…A deft mix of historical details and customs authenticates the saga.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “With such an extensive pallet to work with, narrator Jamie Glover offers a memorable reading that will capture listeners' attention from the start and keep them intrigued throughout. Glover's deep, throaty British tone is the perfect complement to the story and gives it a stark reality.”


  • “In typical Cornwellian fashion, the battle scenes are magnificent, but the author also deserves points for incorporating a healthy dose of romance and intrigue in to the rousing plot.”


  • “Vastly entertaining and slyly wise…Consistently fascinating.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • AudioFile Magazine Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nancy | 2/18/2014

    " The year is 885, England is at peace, divided between the Danish kingdom to the north and the Saxon kingdom of Wessex in the south. King Alfred the Great(the only king to have been afforded "The Great" when his name is spoken) has given Uhtred, Warrior and Viking the task of holding the frontier on the Thames. Loyalties play a great part in this story as London is the jewel the Danes, Saxons, Vikings and thieves all want to control. Uhtred's oath to King Alfred is to protect London at all costs, until the King's daughter is captured, and all is deemed lost. The author has taken some liberties, however, most of the story is based on historical fact and is part of his Saxon Series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Neill Smith | 2/18/2014

    " In the fourth book of the chronicles of the Saxon invaders of England, Uhtred finds himself courted by the Norse invaders of London, Sigefrid and Erik, to enlist his men and those of Earl Ragnar to take Wessex from Alfred in return for the kingship of Mercia. But Uhtred is still oath-bound to Alfred and now also to his newly wed daughter. He must choose a Saxon England, A Danish England, or an England ruled by other northern tribes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Graham Botha | 2/3/2014

    " Sword Song labors its way through one bloody battle scene after another. If you enjoy reading lurid descriptions of different ways to kill someone with a sword, dagger or axe, you will really like this book. The historical background almost makes it interesting, but fails to provide sufficient detail to enable the reader to become immersed in the period. The characters are almost developed to the point where the reader cares about them, but not quite. The plot appears to be heading toward an exciting climax, but fizzles in yet another battle with much blood and gore. In the end we are all frustrated and disappointed: the characters of the story and the reader. A shoulda, coulda, woulda ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Keelan | 2/3/2014

    " I look forward to the continuation of this series! "

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