By Bernard Cornwell
In a conflict of heroes, the dominion is born. on the finish of the 9th century, King Alfred of Wessex is in sick health and wellbeing; his inheritor, an untested adolescence. His enemy, the Danes, having didn't triumph over Wessex, now see their probability for victory. Led by way of the sword of savage warrior Harald Bloodhair, the Viking hordes assault. yet Uhtred, Alfred's reluctant warlord, proves his worthy, outwitting Harald and handing the Vikings certainly one of their maximum defeats. For Uhtred, the wonder of victory is quickly overshadowed through tragedy. Breaking with Alfred, he joins the Vikings, swearing by no means back to serve the Saxon king. as an alternative, he'll reclaim his ancestral castle at the Northumbrian coast. Allied along with his previous good friend Ragnar—and his outdated foe Haesten—he goals to invade and triumph over Wessex itself. but destiny has assorted plans. The Danes of East Anglia and the Vikings of Northumbria are plotting the conquest of all Britain. while Alfred's daughter pleads with Uhtred for support, he can't refuse her request. In a determined gamble, he is taking command of a demoralized Mercian military, prime them in an unforgettable conflict on a blood-soaked box beside the Thames. within the Burning Land, Bernard Cornwell, "the reigning king of old fiction" (USA Today), supplies a rousing saga of Anglo-Saxon England—an impossible to resist new bankruptcy in his exciting Saxon stories, the epic tale of the beginning of britain and the mythical king who made it attainable.
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Name it,’ he said, delighted that I should want something in return for helping to give him victory. ‘I want to march with Merlin, Lord,’ I said. He did not answer for a while. He just stared down at the damp ground where a sword lay with its blade bent almost double. Somewhere in the dark a man moaned, cried out, then was silent. ‘The Cauldron,’ Arthur said at last, his voice heavy. ‘Yes, Lord,’ I said. Merlin had come to us during the battle and pleaded that both sides should abandon the fight and follow him on a quest to find the Cauldron of Clyddno Eiddyn.
ENEMY OF GOD Book 2 of The Arthur Books, Warlord Trilogy by Bernard Cornwell St. Martin's Griffin (March 15, 1998) ISBN-10: 0312187149 ISBN-13: 978-0312187149 Published by MacMillan Publishers 1997 This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental. All rights reserved Copyright © 1997 by Bernard Cornwell Bernard Cornwell asserts his moral right to be identified as the author of this work.
A white owl flew above me, its stubby body rushing on short wings close to my helmet’s wolf-tailed crest. The owl was an omen, but I could not tell whether the omen was good or evil and I was suddenly afraid. Curiosity had drawn me here, but now I sensed the danger. Merlin would not offer me my soul’s desire for nothing, and that meant I was here to make a choice, and it was a choice I suspected I would not want to make. Indeed, I feared it so much that I almost turned back into the dark of the trees, but then a pulse on the scar of my left hand held me in place.
Arthur Books 2 The Burning Land by Bernard Cornwell