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Death of Kings (The Warrior Chronicles, Book 6) (The Last Kingdom Series)

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Because the battles were a bit on the low side I gave this novel a notch down from the previous ones. If you have been on this adventure with Uhtred as I have, you would all know that he has known many wonderful and loyal friends of both sexes. I was driving on a number of occasions when Uhtred or some other bloodthirsty warrior opted for the swift end to a fight with a groin lunge and i can tell you it is really difficult to drive with your legs crossed in sympathy. Death of Kings, the sixth book in this series, and the previous book encapsulated the entire third season of the TV series, and it is difficult for me to not make any comparisons between these two even though they’re different mediums of storytelling. Cómo siempre, el autor lo mete en todos los fregados, de forma magistral, hasta concluir con una gran batalla, que pone fin a este nuevo intento de invasión, la batalla de Holme, confuso episodio histórico, que el autor resuelve de la mejor manera posible y con unas dosis de acción altamente disfrutables.

For the Viking-raised but Saxon-born warrior, Uhtred, whose life seems to shadow the making of England, this presents him with difficult choices. The priests of Wessex loath the Thor’s Hammer that dangles from Uhtred’s neck, but time and time again they have had to rely on his battle wisdom to not only save Wessex but also save their Christian faith as well.

His regrets and retrospection isn’t dealt with in any great depth here, but Death of Kings begins what becomes a great aspect of the books to come in the Saxon Stories. Publisher's original black paper-covered boards, blocked and lettered gilt back, sage green end papers.

Now, Uhtred has fought for the Alfred the Great and the Saxon’s for many years, showing loyalty that many did not expect of a Saxon boy raised a Dane man. Special thanks to my Patrons on Patreon for giving me extra support towards my passion for reading and reviewing!

You look ahead and see the overlapping shields, the helmets, the glint of axes and spears and swords, and you know you must go into the reach of those blades, into the place of death, and it takes time to summon the courage, to heat the blood, to let the madness overtake caution. En definitiva, que ya tengo los dos siguientes en mi estantería, que me garantizan dos grandes lecturas en los meses venideros.

A fine copy in like dustwrapper, however, the ISBN (to the rear panel of the dustwrapper) has been erased by black marker pen. The novel shines in other aspects, like the transition of Uhtred from an impulsive, berserker and bloodthirsty killing machine into a strong leader of men, a tactician and a wily manipulator of information, setting traps for his adversaries and turning their own tricks against them. Uhtred, now reinforced by warriors led by Steapa and Aethelflaed, pursues the larger Danish force to find out where the main invasion is taking place. You look ahead and see the overlapping shields, the helmets, the glint of axes and spears and swords, and you know you must go into the reaBut the BBC America mini-series production of “The Last Kingdom” was so tasty and fabulous, I got hungry for Cornwell’s writing again. This novel focused a great deal on the politics and may have been a setup for the next novel, I suspect. But he also knows that without his cruelty and ruthlessness, these same priests will not survive long on the scene of tenth century Britain, that peace comes to the strong and not to the weak.

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