Uhtred, a dispossessed English nobleman, finds his life changed by Iseult, a powerful sorceress, as he rediscovers the deep loyalty he feels for his native country and joins King Alfred to defind themselves against the Vikings.
The second installment of Bernard Cornwell&;s New York Times bestselling series chronicling the epic saga of the making of England, &;like Game of Thrones, but real&; (The Observer, London)&;the basis for The Last Kingdom, the hit television series.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. The Pale Horseman is a gripping, monumental adventure that gives breathtaking life to one of the most important epochs in English history&;yet another masterwork from New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell.