As the ninth century wanes, England appears about to be plunged into chaos once more. For the Viking-raised but Saxon-born warrior, Uhtred, whose life seems to shadow the making of England, this presents him with difficult choices. King Alfred is dying and his passing threatens the island of Britain to renewed warfare. Alfred wants his son, Edward, to succeed him but there are other Saxon claimants to the throne as well as ambitious pagan Vikings to the north. Uhtred's loyalty - and his vows - were to Alfred, not to his son, and despite his long years of service to Alfred, he is still not committed to the Saxon cause. His own desire is to reclaim his long lost lands and castle to the north. But the challenge to him, as the king's warrior, is that he knows that he will either be the means of making Alfred's dream of a united and Christian England come to pass or be responsible for condemning it to oblivion.
Death of Kings is the sixth volume in the Saxon Tales, and the reader is again given a first row seat for the exploits of the ultimate warrior: Uhtred of Bebbanburg.
No one captures the sights, sounds, and smells of the Dark Ages like Bernard Cromwell. He takes a distant, unfamiliar time and brings it to our firesides, capturing the atmosphere, brutality, and political-clergical entanglements of 900 AD.
A story of divided loyalties, mounting chaos, and the rise of a young, uncertain king, Death of Kings is a riveting tale that interweaves gripping fiction with the historical events that shaped modern England.