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4.00020354162426 out of 54.00020354162426 out of 54.00020354162426 out of 54.00020354162426 out of 54.00020354162426 out of 5 4.00 (4,913 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bernard Cornwell Narrator: John Lee Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Warrior Chronicles / Saxon Stories Release Date:
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In a clash of heroes, the kingdom is born.

At the end of the ninth century, King Alfred of Wessex is in ill health; his heir, an untested youth. His enemy, the Danes, having failed to conquer Wessex, now see their chance for victory. Led by the sword of savage warrior Harald Bloodhair, the Viking hordes attack. But Uhtred, Alfred's reluctant warlord, proves his worth, outwitting Harald and handing the Vikings one of their greatest defeats.

For Uhtred, the sweetness of victory is soon overshadowed by tragedy. Breaking with Alfred, he joins the Vikings, swearing never again to serve the Saxon king. Instead, he will reclaim his ancestral fortress on the Northumbrian coast. Allied with his old friend Ragnar—and his old foe Haesten—he aims to invade and conquer Wessex itself.

Yet fate has different plans. The Danes of East Anglia and the Vikings of Northumbria are plotting the conquest of all Britain. When Alfred's daughter pleads with Uhtred for help, he cannot refuse her request. In a desperate gamble, he takes command of a demoralized Mercian army, leading them in an unforgettable battle on a blood-soaked field beside the Thames.

In The Burning Land, Bernard Cornwell, "the reigning king of historical fiction" (USA Today), delivers a rousing saga of Anglo-Saxon England—an irresistible new chapter in his thrilling Saxon Tales, the epic story of the birth of England and the legendary king who made it possible.

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  • “Slathered in blood and gore, Saxon warlord Uhtred of Bebbanburg hacks his way through the ninth century in the exciting fifth installment to bestseller Cornwell’s Saxon Tales…Vivid descriptions of merciless battlefield slaughter, rape, and destruction are artfully related by a masterful storyteller.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Cornwell has been described as a master of historical fiction, but that may be an understatement. Cornwell makes his subject material come alive. Better, his major protagonist is totally believable and human.”

    Library Journal

  • “Cornwell, a master of martial fiction, makes history come alive with his rousing battlefield scenes.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller

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  • 4.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 5 by Chap | 5/4/2016

    " The Burning land is the 5th book in the Saxon Series from Bernard Cornwell. It is a historical fiction of the birth of England and it fantastic! I suggest you start with book 1 "The Last Kingdom" as they should be read in order. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Coy | 2/12/2014

    " Old reliable- another solid story, consistently between the three and four star mark. I wish he would finish them. This is a better series than the Archer series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Penny | 2/9/2014

    " a most excellent offering in the Saxon Tales.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sharon | 1/29/2014

    " This is a great series. "

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