Inizi del X secolo. Le forze dei regni di Wessex e Mercia si sono unite per sconfiggere i danesi, ma i regni della Gran Bretagna continuano a essere minacciati dall’instabilità e dalle pressioni dei vichinghi. Quando Æthelred, signore di Mercia, muore senza lasciare eredi, il trono vacante è l’ideale per scatenare rivalità sopite.
Mentre l’aristocrazia della Mercia discute della successione e i territori dell’ovest cercano di accampare pretese, nuovi nemici si avvicinano dalle frontiere del Nord. I sassoni avrebbero un disperato bisogno di una guida forte, invece continuano a lottare per un trono abbandonato, rischiando di minare l’unità e la forza che hanno faticosamente costruito.
Uhtred di Bebbanburg, il più grande guerriero della Mercia, appoggia Æthelflaed, la consorte di Æthelred, come legittima erede al trono, perché sa che anche lei crede nel sogno di un unico regno di Inghilterra. Ma i nobili accetteranno che sia una donna a prendere il potere, anche se è la vedova di Æthelred e la sorella del re di Wessex?
- ISBN: 8830446971
- Casa Editrice: Longanesi
- Pagine: 396
I will never forget the day I turned those initial pages and started the very first book in the Warrior Chronicles (Saxon Stories in the US) for the very first time. It was many years ago now and was the beginning of a wonderful journey for me. I had always been an avid reader. Since I learned to
Has Uhtred finally ran out of fight? Uhtred was severely injured at the end of the last novel. It is a wound that would kill off a lesser men. But Uhtred is stronger than that. Even in his old age he retains the courage of a warrior. He seeks the blade that pierced his flesh in order to cure his ai
Coming back to Uhtred after reading tons of mediocre literature across all genres is like finding an oasis in a desert. I was engrossed from the first sentence, and The Empty Throne brought back the joy of reading that I always lose a bit of when reading too many dreary books. However, there is no do Leggi tutto
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Æthelhelm Æthelstan Æthelred Æethelflaed Æthelwold Æthelfrith Ælfwynn Ælflæd Ælfadell These are all characters in this book. You fucking with me, Uncle Bernard? An actual 10th-century Anglo-Saxon would have trouble telling all these names apart. It's almost jarring when a character pops up whose name DOESN'T Leggi tutto
Some really good standout moments again, and I like where the story may be heading with characters like Athelstan and Stiorra. Favourites such as Finan and Osferth are always a pleasure to read about still. On to the next one...
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If you've already read the other 7 books then this is more of the same AWESOMENESS!!! But I can't keep gushing every instalment.If you haven't read any of these books then all I want to say about this series is in my review of the last book here To be totally fair, the first few books were probably be Leggi tutto
This is another gripping story in The Saxon Stories by Bernard Cornwell. He is such a fantastic story-teller! He brings his believable characters to life. His main character, Uhtred, is a nobleman and sometimes an outcast, even an outlaw, and is respected as a great warrior throughout the kingdoms o Leggi tutto
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