‘Burning Land’, by Bernard Cornwell is the 5th book in the series about Uhtred of Babbenberg. It is a stand alone novel, referring back to the previous but not relying on them, which i believe is a strong point, especially as i have not read the other four novels. Set in 890AD, it pitches Vikings against Saxons, and instantly, Cornwell transports us back to the dark, violent and dirty times. No niceities here, this novel is hard hitting, creating a desperate struggle for survival. The names of the places are in Old English, rather than modern English, but there is a short translation at the beggining. I could not put this down, it was enthralling, and the characters believeable. Cornwell has excelled himself once more.