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.
What I thought
As I continued on to the end of book number five in this series, it is seriously impressive to me that the momentum of these books has yet to die down for me. Not that I want it to! It’s just that I’m the type of reader that needs to be always switching up what I’m reading. I just can’t stop reading these! I HAVE to know how Uhtred’s tale will turn out.
Anyway, I’m keeping this review short & sweet. Cornwell’s writing is just as engaging as it’s been. I honestly just love this series. One thing I did want to note about this particular book is that I found it quite interesting and clever that as Uhtred’s life takes a tragic turn, his story has him kinda all over the place, which is very reflective of his life in this book.
Another solid entry to a very beloved series! Bernard Cornwell is a must-read author!