The eighth book in the epic and bestselling series that has gripped millions
A hero will be forged from this broken land.
As seen on Netflix and BBC around the world.
In the battle for power, there can be only one ruler.
The ruler of Mercia is dying, leaving no apparent heir. His wife is a born leader, but no woman has ever ruled over an English kingdom. And she is without her greatest warrior and champion, Uhtred of Bebbanburg.
An empty throne leaves the kingdom exposed to rival West Saxons and to the Vikings, who are on a bloody rampage once more.
A hero is needed, a hero who has been in battle all his life, who can destroy the double threat to Mercia. A hero who will ultimately decide the fate of a nation…
Praise for Bernard Cornwell:
‘The best battle scenes of any writer I’ve ever read, past or present. Cornwell really makes history come alive’ George R.R. Martin
‘Cornwell is always in full command of his material’ SUNDAY TIMES
‘Like GAME OF THRONES, but real’ OBSERVER
‘A phenomenal storyteller’ DAILY EXPRESS
‘Tense, powerful, compulsive’ THE TIMES
‘He’s called a master storyteller. Really he’s cleverer than that’ TELEGRAPH
‘Nobody in the world does this better than Cornwell’ Lee Child
About the author
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