The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is a historical novel from Anglo-Saxon England. It begins in the year 866AD and follows the trail of Danish invasion of the land. The narrator is a young man captured at a young age by a Danish Lord, who took him in and treated him like a son. Uhtred spends several years of his life crossing sides between the English and the Danes in an attempt to survive and make it back to his rightful lands in Northumbria. There are some wonderful Anglo-Saxon place names through-out the book and we also learn much about the Viking Gods. Ultimately Uhtred’s fate is mixed with that of King Alfred and he must choose where his true loyalty lies.
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