The Burning Land

The Burning Land

Book - 2009
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In a clash of heroes, the kingdom is born.

At the end of the ninth century, with King Alfred of Wessex in ill health and his heir still an untested youth, it falls to Alfred's reluctant warlord Uhtred to outwit and outbattle the invading enemy Danes, led by the sword of savage warrior Harald Bloodhair. But the sweetness of Uhtred's victory is soured by tragedy, forcing him to break with the Saxon king. Joining the Vikings, allied with his old friend Ragnar--and his old foe Haesten--Uhtred devises a strategy to invade and conquer Wessex itself. But fate has very different plans.

Bernard Cornwell's The Burning Land is an irresistible new chapter in his epic story of the birth of England and the legendary king who made it possible.

Publisher: London : HarperCollins, 2009
ISBN: 9780007219759
000721975X
Branch Call Number: FIC Cornw 6939
Characteristics: 336 p. :,map

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jaybird443
Dec 25, 2016

I'm enjoying this whole series and would recommend it. I would classify as "historical fiction" but the non-fiction elements are interesting and work well with the fictional story. The TV series is great too!

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Blabbermouth
Sep 03, 2014

Another enjoyable book. Another great adventure. I'm dreading coming to the end of this series. I will miss the great warrior Uhtred. The book has great heroes, great villains, it's historical, exciting fights & battles. Everything you could ask for in a good read. Well done Mr Cornwell.

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mnadow
Nov 22, 2013

This is one of the better books of the series. Great plot development, and I felt I knew the the characters in depth.
Two great battles are told, with lots of action and intrigue. I have always felt that the book is only as good as its villain and Cornwell has created a good one here, actually a few good ones.

One thing I love about reading Bernard Cornwell books is that I am always learning, and wanting to learn more. I always have Wikipedia opened up to research what I am reading, and this book was no exception.

Thanks for writing it, such a pleasure to read !

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scout95b
Aug 15, 2013

zipread,
Some of the Richard Sharpe series were made into movies and quite good.

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glen1557
Jun 13, 2012

Another great book by Bernard Cornwell. Well written and historically accurate.

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tvo321
May 24, 2011

This story is great i wish there were more similar story like this

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windcyclist
Mar 29, 2011

Outstanding page turner throughout. Character development and empathy is superior, but Bernard Cornwell is a master storyteller so the novel is most captivating.

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zipread
Mar 29, 2010

True to Cornwell's style, this historical novel set in the days of the ancient kings of pre-England, is full of swash-buckling adventure, chivalry, violence, blood and gore, and more than its fair share of violence --- in short, a great book with lots of action. Someone who reads this as their first exposure to Cornwell will surely track down the rest of his books --- and there are a lot of them. Tell me --- has someone made movies of these books?

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brianf
Nov 08, 2009

This is the latest book in The Saxon Series not The Alfred series as indicated in the description.

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