My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This Saxon series is brilliant and Uhtred is a superb character. The prose was a little clipped for my liking, as the author adds a level of arrogance to the central character. Uhtred is also getting old and his future is never certain, especially being pagan in a Christian world. There's a nice development with various prophets predicting the future, non of it bright for the Saxons. Uhtred has his own answer to this and his ploy makes great reading. As usual, the battles are brilliantly described and you get a real sense of being in a shield wall. Fantasy fans would also like this book.
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