Sword Song

Sword Song

The Battle for London

Large Print - 2008
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In the fourth novel which Cornwell has written about Alfred the Great, Alfred wants to defend the kingdom of Wessex, and London, from Viking raiders. He looks to Uhtred, a fierce warrior, to hold steady in his loyalty to Alfred and help defeat the Vikings.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2008
Edition: 1st HarperLuxe ed. --
ISBN: 9780060888664
0060888660
Branch Call Number: LP FIC Cornw 3558ad 1
Characteristics: xvi, 489 p. :,map

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Blabbermouth
Aug 12, 2014

Just finished number four. I've enjoyed this series a lot. Our warrior Uthred is the hero & heads into a fight with great relish. This time he has to rescue Aethelflad & he does along with his sword - Serpent Breath. Good history of the times & some good action. A good read.

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windcyclist
Mar 22, 2011

Outstanding historical fantasy with strong character development. Highly recommended for UK enthusiasts. A closing tear jerker.

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Twayne
Jun 23, 2010

Not as strong as previous entries in this series.

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zipread
May 13, 2010

Reading Cornwell is a little like eating peanuts: once you've tried a few you just can't quite. And it's just as well that he is a very prolific author. All of his work is historical fiction --- some of his novels are reputed to have been made into TV shows.

This work features our perennial hero, Uthred Lord of some place he can't return to. In the meantime, he is a warrior who has been trickeds in taking more that one oath to King Alfred to do his bidding. There are maidens to marry (Gertie) and to rescue Aethelfled (where do they get these names from the list of the top 50 girls names for Mercia in 807); feckless and incompetent sons in Law (Aethelred): and an assortment of able swordmen bent on sending their adverseries to Odin's hall.

Standard fare for Cornwells novels --- lots of fighting; shield walls; disembowlement; decapitation; more gor than you can fit into a longboat --- and lots of fun action. Like the others, we have here another page turner.

If you loved Cornwells other books you won't be disappointed. And unlike peanuts, these books aren't fattening (not unless you're so engrossed in them you can't keep your hands out of the chips bag or off the ale pot.

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DavidSmyth
Feb 15, 2009

A great book and good addition to
a Cornwell's Saxon Series line of
books on the formation of England.

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DavidSmyth
Feb 15, 2009

"I told you once," I said," that killing a cripple
was no way to make a reputation."

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