In the battle for power, there can only be one ruler.
Britain, early tenth century AD: a time of change. There are new raids by the Vikings from Ireland and turmoil among the Saxons over the leadership of Mercia. A younger generation is taking over.
AEthelred, the ruler of Mercia, is dying, leaving no legitimate heir. The West Saxons want their king, but Uhtred has long supported AEthelflaed, sister to King Edward of Wessex and widow of AEthelred. Widely loved and respected, AEthelflaed has all the makings of a leader but could Saxon warriors ever accept a woman as their ruler? The stage is set for rivals to fight for the empty throne.
Great good fun. Cornwell s done it again. New readers: Draw a flagon of ale and be prepared to find the first seven in the series. Kirkus Reviews"