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Treachery and trickery mark the tenth volume in Cornwell's always exciting "Saxon Tales," set in tenth-century England. Uhtred Uhtredson has his sights set on his ancestral castle of Bebbanburg, now in the hands of his cousin. But who are those mysterious horsemen observing him watching? Why does his son-in-law, King Sigtryggr of Eoferwic (York), then demand his immediate return?

Aspiring to reclaim the home stolen by his traitorous uncle after a truce is forged between the Vikings and Saxons, the warrior Uhtred of Bebbanburg draws on skills gleaned from a lifetime of war to confront new enemy Constantin of Scotland, who resolves to claim or annihilate coveted lands. 100,000 first printing.