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The Flame Bearer Audiobook

The Flame Bearer: The Last Kingdom Series, Book 10

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Publisher's Summary

The brand-new novel in Bernard Cornwell's number one best-selling series on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg. BBC2's major TV show The Last Kingdom is based on the first two novels in the series.

From the day it was stolen from me, I had dreamed of recapturing Bebbanburg. The great fort was built on a rock that was almost an island; it was massive, it could be approached only on land by a single narrow track - and it was mine.

Britain is in a state of uneasy peace. Northumbria's Viking ruler, Sigtryggr, and Mercia's Saxon Queen, Aethelflaed, have agreed to a truce. And so England's greatest warrior, Uhtred of Bebbanburg, at last has the chance to take back the home of his traitorous uncle, which was stolen from him so many years ago - and which his scheming cousin still occupies.

But fate is inexorable, and the enemies Uhtred has made and the oaths he has sworn combine to distract him from his dream of recapturing Bebbanburg. New enemies enter into the fight for England's kingdoms: the redoubtable Constantin of Scotland seizes an opportunity for conquest and leads his armies south.

Britain's precarious peace threatens to turn into a war of annihilation. But Uhtred is determined that nothing, neither the new enemies nor the old foes who combine against him, will keep him from his birthright. He is the Lord of Bebbanburg, but he will need all the skills he has learned in a lifetime of war to make his dream come true.

©2016 Bernard Cornwell (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

Praise for Bernard Cornwell:
"Like Game of Thrones, but real." (Observer)
"Blood, divided loyalties and thundering battles." (The Times)
"Strong narrative, vigourous action and striking characterisation, Cornwell remains king of the territory he has staked out as his own." (Sunday Times)
"A violent, absorbing historical saga, deeply researched and thoroughly imagined." (Washington Post)
"The best battle scenes of any writer I've ever read, past or present. Cornwell really makes history come alive." (George R. R. Martin)
"Cornwell draws a fascinating picture of England as it might have been before anything like England existed." (The Times)
"He's called a master storyteller. Really he's cleverer than that." (Telegraph)
"A reminder of just how good a writer he is." (Sunday Times)
"Nobody in the world does this better than Cornwell." (Lee Child)

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    Amazon Customer 30/11/2016 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent read."

    really like these stories, it feel like you are living history. well worth reading the series.

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    SnappyJon 27/11/2016
    SnappyJon 27/11/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Fabulous"

    An excellent storyline and wonderfully read. I'd been looking forward to this and wasn't disappointed!

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    Mogster 24/11/2016
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    "BC at his best"

    Bernard Cornwell has found a niche and style and sticks to it. You know what to expect and are rarely disappointed. The story runs along at the usual pace and the characters (this is book 10 in the series) are like old friends.
    The story seems to have reached it's climax but, having met Mr Cornwell (albeit very briefly) at a lecture he gave recently, he has assured me that the Utred story still has more to come. We await book 11 with anticipation!

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    Vaan 22/11/2016
    Vaan 22/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Is this the end?"

    Loved it but does the saga finish here? I do hope not! It is brilliantly read with some great accents.

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    linda 20/11/2016
    linda 20/11/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "great as always"

    I can say anything bad about the book , it was great from start to finish,

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    NightRider 15/11/2016
    NightRider 15/11/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "The best one yet"

    Nobody does Uhtred better than Jonathon Keeble but Matt Bates narration has improved over the recent books and was excellent in this one.

    The story, as with all these books, gets you hooked from the start and never seems to slow down. Those who have followed the other 9 books will love this one.

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    Steve Carter 12/11/2016
    Steve Carter 12/11/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Stuff, worth the time listening"

    A great story and as always a good spin on history. If you've read the rest, this is a must. If not, then it's a good standalone read but I'd recommend starting at #1.

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    Mark 09/11/2016
    Mark 09/11/2016
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    "Superb"

    Great author as per usual, great story great characters, I love the main character he is honest, but brutal when need be, a joy to read

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    Marcus 07/11/2016
    Marcus 07/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Thanks a Tremendous series, I hope it's not over? "

    this book may seem tamer than the others in the series but as a series a tremendously gripping from start to finish with action what a ride I just hope and Pray to all the gods it's not the last book in the series I would love to see how young utrid gets on

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    george hockey 06/11/2016
    george hockey 06/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "another good un"

    he does what he is good at. narration much better than others in this series.

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  • Nigel A.
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    "A fine ending to a long tale."

    Well narrated and a fine story to finish Utred's journey. Although who knows if it's the end ;-)



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  • panagiotis
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    07/10/16
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    "Wow"

    I know that reviewing this book is a waste of time as it is number 10 in a series but I will do it anyway as tribute to the author

    I've read a lot of books, I believe more than 400 in fact. This was one of the best!

    Well done sir, and thank you

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