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BERNARD CORNWELL is the author of the acclaimed New York Times bestselling Saxon Tales series, which includes 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 Warriors of the Storm, and which serves as the basis for the hit television series The Last Kingdom. He lives with his wife on Cape Cod and in Charleston, South Carolina.


"The first must-read of 2013 arrives....Bernard Cornwell is a master of combining a thumping good tale with a fascinating history lesson."--Reader's Digest
"In addition to carving out another action-packed martial adventure, Cornwell spotlights one of the most significant but often overlooked battles of the era."--Booklist
"No one picks a fight like Cornwell, who here does for the Battle of Poitiers what he did for the bloody fray that was Agincourt in the book of that name."--Library Journal
"A master of action-packed historical fiction...a vivid, exciting portrayal of medieval warfare....Nobody writes battle scenes like Cornwell, accurately conveying the utter savagery of close combat with sword, ax, and mace, and the gruesome aftermath."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Bernard Cornwell does the best battle scenes of any writer I've ever read, past or present."--George R.R. Martin
"Nobody in the world does this stuff better than Cornwell - action set six hundred years ago is as fresh and vital as six days ago, with rough, tough men at war, proving once again that nothing changes... least of all great storytelling."--Lee Child
"The reigning king of historical fiction."--USA Today
"Bernard Cornwell is a gifted and prolific historical novelist who seems at home in virtually every era....A lively, accessible account of a remote moment in European history, a book in which Cornwell's gifts as scholar and storyteller come together spectacularly."--Bill Sheehan, Washington Post
"Tired of waiting for another of George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones books? Cornwell's latest novel may be your best option."--Billy Heller, New York Post
"Cornwell is one of the best writers of historical fiction."--McClatchy News
"The legions of Cornwell's fans...will need little encouragement to devour this latest installment in the Hundred Years Way sequence. Everything you expect of a Cornwell offering is here in abundance: interesting characters, rich historical detail, thrilling battles, war, violence, gore, heroism, wry humour....Highly recommended."--Historical Novels Society

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