Framing the Dialogue

Posts Tagged ‘saxon tales’

Death of Kings

In this the sixth book in the Saxon Tales saga, Alfred the Great is still dying with his dream of a greater Wessex (England) still unfulfilled.  His heir, Edward, seems ill prepared for the throne, though seems to be better in many ways than his father.  Uhtred, Wessex’s best sword is unwilling to swear an oath to the presumptive king thus condemning the kingdom to turmoil and failure.  The threats to the kingdom are not just from the Danes, but from “relatives” in and around Wessex.  The big question is who will Uhtred support or will he return to fulfill his long-desired quest to take back his father’s kingdom.

The Burning Land

In the latest Saxon Tales novel, King Alfred is nearing death and is concerned about  his legacy or at least that his chosen son will succeed him to the throne.  Alfred needs Uhtred as his sword to control Wessex and control of the Danes for his son.  Uhtred is not so enamored of that notion.  Alfred has generally not been generous to Uhtred and it’s time for Uhtred to return the favor, though as usual things don’t always go his way.  As his gods would tell him, the three spinners have their own say in his life’s direction.

Sword Song: The Battle for London

“could have placed all my household troops in the small houses and, the moment the raiders came, erupted into the street with sword, ax, and spear, and we would have killed some of them, but in the dark many more would have escaped and I did not want one to escape. I wanted every Dane, every Norseman, every raider dead. All of them, except one, and that one I would send eastward to tell the Viking camps on the banks of the Temes that Uhtred of Bebbanburg was waiting for them.”