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Sword Song | Paperback

Released on 06 May 2008

Author: Bernard Cornwell | Format: Paperback

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The fourth in the bestselling Alfred series from number one historical novelist, Bernard Cornwell. The year is 885, and England is at peace, divided between the Danish kingdom to the north and Alfred's kingdom of Wessex in the south. But trouble stirs, a dead man has risen and new Vikings have arrived to occupy London. It is a dangerous time, and it falls to Uhtred, half Saxon, half Dane, a man feared and respected the length and breadth of Britain, to expel the Viking raiders and take control of London for Alfred. His uncertain loyalties must now decide England's future. A gripping tale of love, rivalry and violence, Sword Song tells the story of England's making.

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 The 4th Uhtred and Alfred novel... still going strong

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Our Hero Uhtred just as he thinks things are settling down, he gets some new enemies to fight.... well it wouldn't be a Cornwell without would it? He is stuck fighting for the Saxons and their King Alfred, of which he has no love, and against the Danes who he has an affinity to. Not suprisingly this gives him problems just about every where he turns. This first person narrative style is different to the other Cornwell series and is a nice change. This is not the strongest in the series, but still excellent. well researched, gripping historical fiction from the master Bernard Cornwell! Only problem is I dont know when the next book is due.......

 Surprisingly dull with characters as wooden as their shields

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Dull and bereft of any exciting incidents, this is a poor novel from Cornwell, who is normally so solid.

Based in the Dark Ages this novel focuses on the formation of Alfred the Great's kingdom and the early days of England. The story is told from the first-person perspective by Uhtred a warrior caught between the warring factions of Danes and Saxons. It is this division that occupies the central line of the book with Cornwell merely stringing together a series of incidents to form a weak and vague plot.

The most apparent thread running through the novel seems to be about religious differences, with new found Christianity replacing the old Norse gods. Cornwell seems somewhat fixated by this and frequent references are made to the various character's religious convictions and which is a superior lifestyle. This seems to have little relevance in a book of this nature and serves merely to pad-out the plot. Uhtred's continuous idle boasts about his own physical prowess and general smugness, make him an unlikable boorish character. Cornwell also disappoints in the fight sequences, something he did so well throughout the Sharpe series.

This book seems just to be a poor attempt at a history of the formation of England, with Cornwell focusing too much on trying to highlight the social and economical issues rather than the plot.

 typical Cornwell ,A****************

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Don't believe the negative review this 4th novel in the Saxon chronicles is a good as the 3 before and the 1 after, full of interesting charactors, religion and politics, devious schemes and exciting bloody battles, Uhtred is one of Cornwell's best creations (outdone by only Derfel Cadarn,and maybe Sharpe) Highly recommended, though I would suggest reading the series in order starting with The Last Kingdom.

AuthorBernard Cornwell
PublisherHarpercollins Publishers (UNITED KINGDOM)
Year2008
ISBN9780007219735
FormatPAPERBACK - 384 Pages
IllustrationsIllustrations, 1 map