Hello lovely bookworms! The year is 920. Uhtred and his band of warriors are back, and while older (and a bit wiser) are still fighting for King Edward and a unified England. What ensues is an adventure worthy of Lord of the Rings and a battle for the throne worthy of (you guessed it) Game of Thrones.
The book opens with Uhtred of Bebbanburg and his warriors coming to the aid of Æthelstan, who has assumed control of Ceaster following the death of Æthelflaed. Upon learning that his summons had been an elaborate ruse Uhtred begins to hunt for its mastermind.
Oh and what an adventure it is! Through a very unlikely series of events (and people) it is revealed to Uhtred that his newfound enemy is Skoll, a Norseman and warrior that wants the crown of Northumbria for himself. Uhtred combines forces with his son-in-law, Sigtryggr, to create an army to face Skolls (sorcerer included).
While swords meet and men (and women) fall the tensions between Paganism and Christianity in England continues to rise. Uhtred, a pagan, finds himself serving a King and protecting a heir to the throne that swear to unite England under one god (sort of stuck between a rock, a hard place and a cross).
Bernard Cornwell does an excellent job of authentically and realistically portraying an aging Uhtred, who now at sixty, feels the weight of his morality which causes him to search for omens (both good and bad). In an age where Thor and Odin lived in the minds of men it is a fascinating read that makes for one epic page-turner.
With War of the Wolf, the 11th book in the series, Cornwell continues to masterfully intertwine fiction and history to showcase the little-known history that surrounds Alfred The Great. Whether you are already a fan or new to the series (as I was) I would HIGHLY recommend picking up this book. This is adventure at its best. If you like your books with a bit of Netflix than you should also check out the show The Last Kingdom which is based off of the Saxon Tales series.
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