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The fate of a young nation rests in the hands of a reluctant warrior in the thrilling sixth volume of the "New York Times "bestselling Saxon Tales series. Following the intrigue and action of "The Burning Land "and "Sword Song," this latest chapter in Bernard Cornwell's epic saga of England is a gripping tale of divided loyalties and mounting chaos. At a crucial moment in time, as Alfred the Great lays dying, the fate of all--Angles, Saxons, and Vikings alike--hangs desperately in the balance. For all fans of classic Cornwell adventures, such as "Agincourt" and "Stonehenge," and for readers of William Dietrich's "Hadrian's Wall" or Robert E. Howard's "Bran Mak Morn," the stunning "Death of Kings "will prove once again why the "Wall Street Journal" calls Bernard Cornwell "the most prolific and successful historical novelist in the world today."