New York Times bestselling author Bernard
Cornwell’s eighth entry in the epic Saxon Tales series
tenth century AD: a time of change. There are new raids by the Vikings from
Ireland and turmoil among the Saxons over the leadership of Mercia. A younger
generation is taking over. Aethelred, the ruler of Mercia, is dying, leaving no
legitimate heir. The West Saxons want their king, but Uhtred has long supported
Athelflaed, sister to King Edward of Wessex and widow of Aethelred.
loved and respected, Athelflaed has all the makings of a leader—but can Saxon
warriors ever accept a woman as their ruler? The stage is set for rivals to
fight for the empty throne. In the end it is one champion, one hero, who will
destroy the new Viking threat to Mercia—and ultimately decide the fate of
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