From the book jacket: The first volume in a new saga set in the 9th century. The Norse have gone 'a-viking'
and are rapidly overwhelming the land later to be known as England. Three out of the four
kingdoms are already in their control, only Wessex, under the leadership of
Alfred, remains undefeated.
Comment: In the words of Katherine Powers writing for the Washington Post, "The Last Kingdom caters to those of us whose appetite for rehashed legends was satisfied long ago. In addition to providing thrilling combat action and satisfying details of material life, military accoutrement and battle tactics, Cornwell's best historical fiction pleases us mightily in the way his renditions of the great actors and events of yore stray from received versions. Such contrariness is partly the product of meticulous research and partly of a mischievous sense of...
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