The Pale Horseman (The Saxon Chronicles Series #2)

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Uhtred is a Saxon, adrift in a world of fire, sword and treachery. He has to make a choice -- fight for the Vikings who raised him, or for King Alfred the Great of Wessex who dislikes him.

Wessex, in the late 9th Century, was the last English kingdom. All the rest had fallen to the Danish Vikings. Now the Vikings want to finish England, and they assemble the Great Army which has only one ambition -- to conquer Wessex. Uhtred lives in Wessex, though he has small love for it and none for King Alfred. Yet fate, as Uhtred learns, has its own imperatives, and when the Vikings attack, Uhtred finds himself on Alfred's side.

The Pale Horseman, rooted in the real history of Anglo-Saxon England, tells the astonishing and true story of how Alfred fights back against his overwhelming enemies. Alfred and Uhtred make unlikely allies, yet the two forge an uneasy alliance that will lead them to where the last remaining Saxon army will fight for the very existence of England.

The Pale Horseman is enthralling as both a historical and a personal story, a novel of divided loyalties and desperate heroism. The Washington Post calls Bernard Cornwell "perhaps the greatest writer of historical adventure novels today", and The Pale Horseman is yet another masterpiece of historical and battle fiction that gives life to one of the most important and exciting epochs in the history of the English people and culture.

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As the last unvanquished piece of England, Wessex is eyed hungrily by the fearsome Viking conquerors. Uhtred, a dispossessed young nobleman, is tied to the imperiled land by birth and marriage but was raised by the Danish invaders—and he questions where his allegiance must lie. But blood is his destiny, and when the overwhelming Viking horde attacks out of a wintry darkness, Uhtred must put aside all hatred and distrust and stand beside his embattled country’s staunch defender—the fugitive King Alfred.

New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell’s The Pale Horseman is a gripping, monumental adventure that gives breathtaking life to one of the most important epochs in English history.

“Cornwell’s characters are vividly drawn, betrayals lurk around every corner, the humor is as sharp as the swords, and the action is non-stop.” —NPR

About the Author:

Bernard Cornwell is the author of the acclaimed New York Times bestsellers 1356 and Agincourt; the bestselling Saxon Tales, which include The Last Kingdom, The Pale Horseman, Lords of the North, Sword Song, The Burning Land, Death of Kings, The Pagan Lord, and, most recently, The Empty Throne; and the Richard Sharpe novels, among many others.

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