The new novel in Bernard Cornwell's number-one best-selling series "The Warrior Chronicles", on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg.
In the battle for power, there can be only one ruler.
England is fractured, torn apart more by internal fighting than the threat of Viking invasion. The ruler of Mercia is dying, leaving no legitimate heir. His wife is a formidable fighter and great leader, but no woman has ever ruled over an English kingdom. And she is without her strongest warrior and champion, Uhtred of Bebbanburg.
So the scene is set for an explosive battle between elders and warriors for an empty throne. The vacant throne leaves a dangerous opportunity for the rival West Saxons to seize Mercia. But Edward of Wessex is distracted by the succession of his own throne, with two heirs claiming the right to be West Saxon king. And while the kingdoms are in disarray, the Vikings, this time coming from the west, will go on the rampage once more.
The very future of England hangs in the balance. A hero is needed, a hero who can destroy the threat to Mercia, a hero who will ultimately decide the fate of a nation...
©2014 Bernard Cornwell (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Praise for Bernard Cornwell:
"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 is always in full command of his material" (Sunday Times)
"Like GAME OF THRONES, but real" (Observer)
"Tense, powerful, compulsive" (The Times)
"He's called a master storyteller. Really he's cleverer than that" (Telegraph)
"Nobody in the world does this better than Cornwell" (Lee Child)
Avid reader and listener, psychologist by profession historian by nature
I have listened to all the others so I guess I will keep going, although I have to say it is getting quite difficult to differentiate between the titles. Its more slashing, burning and colourful insults (amusing and entertaining but not challenging or particularly surprising). It does exactly what you would expect, good fun, but in many ways a bit dull. This series needs to go out with a bang. ASAP.
Well written, well read but at times the readers accents and voices seem to blur into one which made it tricky to follow in parts where all the characters had similar names! I enjoyed it and looking forward to the next instalment.
If you like the series you'll like this. An easy listen with our hero remaining a hero. Somewhat predictable but never the less entertaining.
Loved this like the other stories. Only 2nd one on audio rather than read. Sometimes I find it confusing hearing the names without being able to read them as they are so similar sounding. Tip-top though
Great series, one of Cornwells best... The books are so much better than the TV adaptation..
Still suffering from the aftermath of the previous instalment, what Uhtred lacks in strength, he makes up for in cunning against old and new enemies. Well read, an excellent addition to the series.
It's been a while since I caught up with Uhtred et al, I've been distracted by other books, but my interest was re-kindled by the recent TV program about him, so I came back and bought the last two books to complete my collection.
I haven't been disappointed. I know some others have made negative comments, but for me this older Uhtred, with his old allies & enemies gone, is obviously going to be different that the fiesty young warrior making and breaking alliances, he's more considered and crafty now, so the so inevitably the tone and pace of the book is going to be different.
I would definitely recommend this book
Still a very interesting book, especially for anyone who has listened to the previous books in the series. Not as good as some of the previous books, but keeps on telling the story of saxons and their viking enemies through the remarkable character of Uhtred, in a narrative that is always well built and enthralling.
"So very very good"
Fantastic series and truly excellent narrator - listened to the whole series and now beginning again with the first book
"Eight books in and still well worth a credit."
Among the chronicles it is in the top half
As always, the ending was the best part!
Good but not great
Every book Cornwell has written is a "one-sitter". Stretching it out is always a challenge.
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