Oh, hai! I read books, then I write down what I think of them.
I read this when it first came out many, many years ago. I bought it to re-read because it was cheap-ish on Kindle and I was actually pretty impressed: it's stood up well and I went on to buy the second and third parts of the trilogy (which I also read when they were first out) at full price. The thing I like most about it is that it sounds as though it could be true. I am not much of a history buff and I know very little about the 6th century, but I do know that discoveries made since this was written suggest this is unlikely to be an accurate portrayal of Britain at that time (such as the Roman harbour at Newport in Wales). It has all the writerly tricks which put me off other Bernard Cornwell books - the short dramatic sentences at the end of paragraphs, repetitive descriptions ("like a man reaping hay") - but I really like the way it treads the line between "realistic" and "mythic". It's a good story, it's readable, and I like these books very much.