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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: January 2008 ISBN: 9780061628757
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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.”

    AudioFile

  • “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.”

    Booklist

  • “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 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 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 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 Keelan | 2/3/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 1/20/2014

    " Although I enjoyed this one, probably only true Anglophiles or those interested in 9th century warfare would not find this tedious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Benjamin | 1/14/2014

    " Another quick read from Cornwell featuring Uhtred, the anti-hero, so to speak, of this Saxon historical fiction series. Nothing really spectacular here except some general early London background info. London and the Thames estuary is the key setting. I think I would benefit greatly from reading the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles and some other nonfiction books about King Alfred the Great. I do appreciate that Cornwell stays true to his theme of depicting King Alfred as sort of weakling, not to mention most of the Christians and monks. Then again, the Danes aren't all that nice either, but they aren't really pretending to be in the first place. Danes = brutal but mostly honorable. Christian Saxons = brutal and manipulative. I'm interested to see how this series gets wrapped up with its flashback narrator still going. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron | 1/14/2014

    " Still good, though just a bit tedious. I hope Cornwell isn't pulling a Robert Jordan on us. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lorina Stephens | 1/10/2014

    " Just simply is a very disappointing novel, continuing with the cardboard, unapproachable characters of the previous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 1/3/2014

    " Interesting to hear the saga of a warrior's life in the 800's in now England. Would be interesting to visit the civic components(street layouts) that are still visible today. Might pick up another of the series after a break "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dorandanger Hamm | 12/15/2013

    " second time through a great series for anyone interested in English historical fiction "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Townsend | 11/28/2013

    " Blah blah blah, read my other reviews. Next! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Currie | 11/14/2013

    " Bloodthirsty as always, but lots of insight in the history of the era "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tapley | 11/3/2013

    " This book wasn't bad, and I can see how people would enjoy the rough view of early medieval England, but the Sword Song books I have tried have both failed to grab me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 11/1/2013

    " a worthy next chapter in the saga of Uhtred "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sho | 10/24/2013

    " The middle of a trilogy, but not confusing. Typically solid writing from Cornwell. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meghan | 10/23/2013

    " Good. Fast Read. Pretty much the same as previous novels in series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jake | 3/31/2013

    " I thought it was going to be the last in the series. It obviously is not. It was good even though all Uhtred did was let the Danes fight amongst themselves. I will look for the next in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dee Green | 3/12/2013

    " Second time around and still love it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Al | 11/5/2012

    " I am sorry, I really enjoyed this series and look forward to reading the next installment. I am also going to pick up a couple of cornwells other books and read them... Great read, I just want to be like Uhtred when I grow up... A lot! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 8/18/2012

    " I thought this was much better than Lords of the North. This book involved more plotting (on the characters' part, not the authors) and less hacking and bloody battle scenes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt Lantz | 9/30/2011

    " Uhtred "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claudio Fernando | 9/25/2011

    " Very well written! The plot keeps the reader focused on the reading. One always want to read one more page before going to bed! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jossu | 8/2/2011

    " I didn't like it as much as the earlier books of this series, but still it was worth reading! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 6/4/2011

    " A little rehash of Bernards's basic outline. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jake | 5/6/2011

    " I thought it was going to be the last in the series. It obviously is not. It was good even though all Uhtred did was let the Danes fight amongst themselves. I will look for the next in the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Daniel | 4/27/2011

    " I love the history and Saxon/Viking culture in these books. The writing is not very good, technically and creatively, but the ideas/story line keep you reading. Some scenes are somewhat distastefully gratuitous, but the overall history and story make it somewhat palatable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ida | 2/2/2011

    " Another great story in this serie, the story of the wikings in England is continued... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 1/23/2011

    " Good series - good story, solid Cornwell "

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