At the fortress of the eagles, three kings will fight …
Uhtred of Bebbanburg has won back his ancestral home but, threatened from all
sides by enemies both old and new, he doesn't have long to enjoy the
In Mercia, rebellion is in the air as King Edward tries to seize control. In
Wessex, rival parties scramble to settle on the identity of the next king. And
across the country invading Norsemen continue their relentless incursion, ever
hungry for land.
Uhtred – a legendary warrior, admired and sought as an ally, feared as an
adversary – finds himself once again torn between his two heritages: fighting
on what he considers the wrong side, cursed by misfortune and tragedy and facing
one of his most formidable enemies. Only the most astute cunning, the greatest
loyalty and the most spectacular courage can save him.
For decades, Uhtred has stood at the intersection between Pagan and
Christian, between Saxon and Viking, between the old world he was born into and
the new world being forged around him. But as the winds of change gather pace,
the pressure on Uhtred as father, as politician and as warrior grows as never
Bernard Cornwell was born in London, raised in Essex and worked for the BBC for
eleven years before meeting Judy, his American wife. Denied an American work
permit he wrote a novel instead and has been writing ever since. He and Judy
divide their time between Cape Cod and Charleston, South Carolina.