The Last Kingdom

The Last Kingdom - Bernard Cornwell The start of another historical series from Bernard Cornwell, set in the early days of Danish invasion and settlement.

Uhtred is the son of an English alderman. After his father is killed during a raid by the Danes, he is taken in and raised by them. His uncle takes his home village from him during this time.

The first half of the book is Uhtred growing up among the Danes and explaining things from their point of view. He meets Alfred of Wessex and eventually spends time in both camps.

It's interesting to see if he will side with the Danes or the English. The English characters are either overly pious, hoping God will save them or seem to have a grudge against Uhtred, while the Danes are brave, reckless, superstitious and (at the start) winning.