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on 23 May 2008
This is a typically absorbing 4th installment in the series by Cornwell apparently based on one of his distant relations; the hero, a fictional Uhtred de Bebbanburg, is a Saxon Lord at the time of Alfred The Great who's adventures take place against a background of the birth of England as a nation.

Nobody does historical 'faction' quite like Cornwell - all is based on an accurate historical macro with some fictional sub plots and characters to liven things up and personalise the action (like Sharpe) - a soap for grownups based on fact!

Once you get hooked you simply cannot put them down.

Superb stuff - great characterisation, pace, perspective and, of course, brilliant battle descriptions. Looking forward to the next one!
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