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Title:
War of the wolf : a novel

The Saxon tales ;

Saxon tales.
Title:
War of the wolf : a novel
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Edition:
First U.S. edition.
Publisher Info:
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2018]
Physical Description:
333 pages ; 24 cm.
Series:
The Saxon tales ; bk. 11

Saxon tales.
General Note:
Pagination may vary.
Abstract:
Uhtred of Bebbanburg might have regained his family's fortress, but it seems that a peaceful life is not to be. He is under threat from both an old enemy and a new foe. The old enemy comes from Wessex, where a dynastic struggle will determine who will be the next king. And the new foe is Skoll, a Norseman whose ambition is to be King of Northumbria and who leads a frightening army of wolf-warriors, men who fight half-crazed in the belief that they are indeed wolves. Uhtred, believing he is cursed, must fend off one enemy while he tries to destroy the other.

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Summary

Summary

Bernard Cornwell's epic story of the making of England continues in this eleventh installment in the bestselling Saxon Tales series--"like Game of Thrones, but real" (The Observer)--the basis of the hit Netflix television series The Last Kingdom.

His blood is Saxon

His heart is Viking

His battleground is England

"Perhaps the greatest writer of historical adventure novels today" (Washington Post), Bernard Cornwell has dazzled and entertained readers and critics with his page-turning bestsellers. Of all his protagonists, however, none is as beloved as Uhtred of Bebbanburg.

And while Uhtred might have regained his family's fortress, it seems that a peaceful life is not to be - as he is under threat from both an old enemy and a new foe. The old enemy comes from Wessex where a dynastic struggle will determine who will be the next king. And the new foe is Sköll, a Norseman, whose ambition is to be King of Northumbria and who leads a frightening army of wolf-warriors, men who fight half-crazed in the belief that they are indeed wolves. Uhtred, believing he is cursed, must fend off one enemy while he tries to destroy the other. In this new chapter of the Saxon Tales series--a rousing adventure of courage, treachery, duty, devotion, majesty, love and battle, as seen through the eyes of a warrior straddling two worlds--Uhtred returns to fight once again for the destiny of England.


Author Notes

Bernard Cornwell was born in London, England, on February 23, 1944, and came to the United States in 1980. He received a B.A. from the University of London in 1967.

Cornwell served as producer of the British Broadcasting Corporation from 1969-1976. After this he was head of current affairs for BBC-TV in Belfast, Northern Ireland. In 1979 he became editor of television news for Thames Television of London. Since 1980 he has been a freelance writer. he lives with his wife on Cape Cod.

Cornwell's Sharpe series, adventure stories about a British soldier set in the Peninsula War of 1808-1814, are built on the author's interest in the Duke of Wellington's army. Titles include Sharpe's Rifles, Sharpe's Revenge, Sharpe's Siege, Sharpe's Regiment, and Sharpe's Waterloo. The Last Kingdom series has ten books. Book ten, The Flame Bearer is on the bestsellers list. He has also written other works including Wildtrack, Killer's Wake, Sea Lord, Stormchild, Rebel, Copperhead, and Battle Flag. His title Death of Kings made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2012 and In 2014 his title The Pagan Lord made the list again.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

The prolific Cornwell and his indefatigable protagonist, Uhtred of Bebbanburg, reunite for the eleventh installment, following The Flame Bearer (2016), of the Saxon Tales, a series that never seems to run out of blood, gore, and glory. Though he has finally achieved his goal of reclaiming Bebbanburg, his ancestral fortress, Uhtred is besieged by external enemies and plagued by internal turmoil grounded in his conflicting Saxon and Viking roots. As the kingdoms of Mercia and Wessex struggle with questions of dynastic succession, he faces a brutal new enemy determined to gain control of his beloved Northumbria. Sköll, a cunning and ruthless Norseman leading an army of "wolf-warriors," wages brutal war on Uhtred and King Sigtryggr. Political, spiritual, and military battles abound as the future of England hangs in the balance. Expect great demand from both veteran devotees and new fans generated by the popularity of the Netflix TV series, The Last Kingdom.--Margaret Flanagan Copyright 2018 Booklist


Library Journal Review

Still snarling after all these years, Uhtred Uhtredson of Bebbanburg charges again across the Northumbrian landscape in this 11th installment of Cornwell's "Saxon Tales" series (The Flame Bearer; Warriors of the Storm). Haunted by the murder of his daughter and an opponent's blind sorcerer, the intrepid swordsman is at first perplexed by the depradations of Norse refugees from Ireland. The political intrigue of early tenth-century England and its many power centers is equally as vexing. As he chases down his elusive foe, Uhtred detours to the councils of King Edward, before heading off to the ultimate battle. At the end, he finds himself aging, weary, wounded, and facing an impregnable fortress. Yet he lives to tell the tale. Once again, Cornwell has placed his irascible and cunning hero in the midst of personal and political conflict and provided another exciting story. VERDICT For those who enjoy their historical fiction told with verve and imagination. [See -Prepub Alert, 4/9/18.]-W. Keith McCoy, Somerset Cty. Lib. Syst., Bridgewater, NJ © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.