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Sharpe’s Assassin: Richard Sharpe and the Occupation of Paris, 1815

Here is another gritty and exciting episode in Cornwell’s long-running historical series, seen through the eyes of a common yet extraordinary soldier.

Sword of Kings

One can start with this volume, but readers of history and warfare, not to mention Game of Thrones fans, will want to go back and read the entire series, especially with four seasons filmed for British television. [See Prepub Alert, 5/13/19.]

War of the Wolf

For those who enjoy their historical fiction told with verve and imagination. [See Prepub Alert, 4/9/18.]

Fools and Mortals

Historical fiction wizard Cornwell leaps to late 1500s England to chronicle the first production of Shakespeare's shimmering A Midsummer Night's Dream...

The Flame Bearer

Historical and military fiction aficionados will enjoy Cornwell's vivid, fast-paced novel, as he mixes historical figures and tactical movements with an assortment of lifelike fictional characters. [See Prepub Alert, 5/2/16.]

Warriors of the Storm

Cornwell again offers an exciting and tricky retelling of history from the standpoint of a colorful warrior lord. Historical fiction fans, especially of this period, as well as viewers of BBC America's The Last Kingdom (based on this series) will want to read the entire set. [See Prepub Alert, 7/27/15.]

The Pagan Lord

Cornwell, a master of historical fiction, has written another energetic and involving mix of history and storytelling that will please his many fans. You could even entice a reluctant male reader with a sweeping story like this. [See Prepub Alert, 7/29/13.]


Thomas of Hookton is one of Cornwell's most sympathetic and powerfully written characters. His sense of honor, innate dignity, and loyalty to those for whom he feels responsible are palpable and believable. This is a man anyone would want standing by his side in a tight spot. Finally, nobody, but nobody, writes medieval battle scenes better than Cornwell. He creates panoramas of visceral immediacy, both terrifying and glorious, while retaining a sense of humanity and mercy for those who know that grace and honor may exist in the midst of absolute carnage. [See Prepub Alert, 7/30/12.]

Death of Kings

Saxon England was a land of almost continuous violence and war, and, thanks to Cornwell's skill as a writer, we see the origins of modern England through the jaded eyes of Uhtred. We also see the often ridiculous superstitions, miracles, and relics that were considered sacred by both the pagans and the Christians. A master of historical fiction has produced another great read. [See Prepub Alert, 7/25/11.]

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