Death of Kings - Bernard Cornwell

Death of Kings

By Bernard Cornwell

  • Release Date: 2012-01-17
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 497 Ratings


The sixth installment of Bernard Cornwell’s New York Times bestselling series chronicling the epic saga of the making of England, “like Game of Thrones, but real” (The Observer, London)—the basis for The Last Kingdom, the hit television series.

As the ninth century wanes, Alfred the Great lies dying, his lifelong goal of a unified England in peril, his kingdom on the brink of chaos. Though his son, Edward, has been named his successor, there are other Saxon claimants to the throne—as well as ambitious pagan Vikings to the north.

Torn between his vows to Alfred and the desire to reclaim his long-lost ancestral lands in the north, Uhtred, Saxon-born and Viking-raised, remains the king’s warrior but has sworn no oath to the crown prince. Now he must make a momentous decision that will forever transform his life and the course of history: to take up arms—and Alfred’s mantle—or lay down his sword and let his liege’s dream of a unified kingdom die along with him.


  • Cornwell hits another homerun

    By Sailndayz
    While book may seem a bit short for his usual works, it kept me involved with every page. Terrific!
  • Death of Kings

    By Pablo liberato
    Excellent read....typical of Cornwell.
  • Awesome read

    By Serutuf
    An amazing book and series that I fell in love with after the first page.
  • Death of Kings

    By Prepess
    Another great addition to the Saxon Chronicles. Uhthred is everyone"s favorite warlord.
  • Love the history

    By Drkaia
    I have read all of the Saxon stories and enjoyed them all. I have been waiting for this one to come out for some time. I had forgotten one thing though, the distracting typosand selling errors. For me it takes away from he excitement and that is why I gave it 4 stars and not five. What's the deal? It's being translated from English to English not Chinese to English. Get a new editor!
  • Death of Kings

    Once again, Cornwell writes another fascinating Saxon tale. Can not wait for the next one!
  • Great! Another classic in the Series.

    By Marcia/Frank
    Looking forward to the next book. For me this is my favorite series written by Cornwell.
  • Death of Kings

    By Valley Forge Decendant
    Having faced the enemy in sometime close quarter combat in the jungles of Vietnam, I can greatly appreciate the poetic excitement of Cornwell's words as they take me back to that long ago period with a sense pride. And reading his descriptions of the deadly shield wall causes these old hands to sweat in fear and this old heart to long for those adrenalin driven moments of life and death.
  • Another solid book

    By Jon123455678
    The newest book in the Saxon storyline continues in the same vein as the others; well written, exciting, and entertaining. Note that, for some reason, the map in the front cover is incredibly blurry making the locations mentioned in the story hard to find.
  • Another homerun!

    By Adam0311
    Cornwell does it again. Really good book in a fantastic series! Historical fiction doesn't get any better than this.