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The second installment of Bernard Cornwell’s bestselling series chronicling the epic saga of the making of England, “like Game of Thrones, but real” (The Observer, London)—the basis for The Last Kingdom, the hit BBC America television series.

This is the exciting—yet little known—story of the making of England in the 9th and 10th centuries, the years in which King Alfred the Great, his son and grandson defeated the Danish Vikings who had invaded and occupied three of England’s four kingdoms.

At the end of The Last Kingdom, The Danes had been defeated at Cynuit, but the triumph of the English is not fated to last long. The Danish Vikings quickly invade and occupy three of England’s four kingdoms—and all that remains of the once proud country is a small piece of marshland, where Alfred and his family live with a few soldiers and retainers, including Uhtred, the dispossessed English nobleman who was raised by the Danes. Uhtred has always been a Dane at heart, and has always believed that given the chance, he would fight for the men who raised him and taught him the Viking ways. But when Iseult, a powerful sorceress, enters Uhtred’s life, he is forced to consider feelings he’s never confronted before—and Uhtred discovers, in his moment of greatest peril, a new-found loyalty and love for his native country and ruler.

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The Pale Horseman
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February 11th, 2014
The book is not about King Alfred but about a ruthless Anglo-Saxon warrior who was raised by Danish vikings and through circumstances finds himself back supporting the West Saxon King Alfred in order to get his stolen land back. Lots of fun, especially when Uhtred Ragnarson has to deal with the pious King and corrupt monks. Bernard Cornwell dedicates the book to George MacDonald Fraser and it's obvious why, because this series is in the same spirit as the Flashman books.
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February 23rd, 2013
It is an awesome book that we can read how the last saxon kingdom was almost reduced to nothing in IX century and how Alfred the Great slaughtered the invading Danes...
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