"It was a bloody awful shot," Sharpe said."My mother could lay a gun better than that.""I didn't think you had a mother," Private Garrard said."Everyone's got a mother, Tom.""Not Sergeant Hakeswill," Garrard said, then spat a mix of dustand spittle. . . . "Hakeswill was spawned of the devil."
Richard Sharpe Soldier, hero, rogue the man you always want on your side. Born in poverty, he joined the army to escape jail and climbed the ranks by sheer brutal courage. He knows no other family than the regiment of the 95th Rifles, whose green jacket he proudly wears.
About the Author
Bernard Cornwell is the author of the acclaimed New York Times bestselling Saxon Tales series, which includes The Last Kingdom, The Pale Horseman, Lords of the North, Sword Song, The Burning Land, Death of Kings, The Pagan Lord, and, most recently, The Empty Throne, and which serves as the basis for the BBC America series The Last Kingdom. He lives with his wife on Cape Cod and in Charleston, South Carolina.