The Last Kingdom. The protagonist is the fictional Uhtred of Bebbanburg, the son of a Saxon nobleman of Northumbria.
He is orphaned after his brother and father are killed by the invading Danes. Only his uncle and step-mother survive.
Uhtred and a Saxon girl named Brida are taken as slaves by Earl Ragnar, now settled in Danish Northumbria which becomes their adopted home as they grow older.
Time passes and Ragnar’s daughter Thyra is about to be married, but the Danes attack the night before the wedding and set the hall ablaze in which the whole family are sleeping.
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Ragnar is burned alive, and Thyra is taken a slave.
Only Uhtred and Brida escape, as they had been in the woods watching the charcoal burn.
The attackers are led by Kjartan, a disgruntled Viking who had been banished by Ragnar from his lands years earlier for an offense committed by Kjartan’s son Sven.
Uhtred vows to avenge his adoptive father’s death, while simultaneously hoping to reclaim Bebbanburg from his uncle—who seeks to kill Uhtred in order to hold onto the land of Bebbanburg.