Another first rate novel by Bernard Cornwell continuing the story of Uhtred in the Saxon Tales. As in the previous novels in this series, Cornwell recreates a time and society in a masterly manner. Against the background of plot and intrigue, this fast paced tale holds the reader's attention until the last page. Cornwell's scholarship and research is evident, and contributes mightily to the success of the book. While the relationships between the Saxons and Danes, Christian and Pagans have considerable complexity and nuance, Cornwell shows his ability to ensure this adds to the read's enjoyment and in no way interferes with the pace of the story or it unfolding. Another brillant addition to Mr. Cornwell's impressive list of books. Purchased prior its US release on Amazon UK and well worth the shipping fees.