New York, NY: Harper Collins, 2008. First Printing. Hardcover. Signed by Bernard Cornwell.
“The blade itself incites to deeds of violence.” Homer, The Odyssey. Bernard Cornwell is perhaps one of the most beloved and renowned historical fiction authors who ever put the pen to the page. With works such as: “The Sharpe Stories”, “Warlord Chronicles”, “The Grail Quest Novels”, “The Saxon Stories/The Last Kingdom”, and “The Starbuck Chronicles”, Cornwell’s oeuvre covers a vast swath of time from the formation of the early kingdoms of England to the Napoleonic wars. The focus of this particular curation, “Sword Song: The Battle For London”, takes place in 884 A.D., a fragile peace exists between the Danish kingdom to the north and the Saxon kingdom of Wessex to the south. A famous viking warlord seemingly rises from the dead with a legion of warriors to conquer the decayed Roman city of London, causing a tangled web of shifting alliances and power struggles. Political intrigue, love, deceit, war, and violence are rife throughout the novel and come to form a heart-racing, violent thrill-ride that is one part Tarantino and one part Scorsese. As the sticker on the front cover of the dust-jacket indicates, this edition is signed; on the title page, near the bottom, in thin black ink the author has signed his name, “Bernard Cornwell”.
Hardcover in unclipped dust-jacket; first U.S. edition, with reference to a previous U.K. edition at the copyright page, first printing as indicated by number sequence thereon. Book is in very fine condition with very slight wear to fine edges, and one notable dent in the spine near the bottom; dust-jacket is in very fine condition with minor wear to fine edges and light smudging to front and back covers, otherwise substantially mint. Very Fine / Very Fine. [Item #5657]