The 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 autumn 2015 TV show The Last Kingdom is based on the first two books in the series.
A fragile peace is about to be broken.... King Alfred's son, Edward, and formidable daughter, Æthelflaed, rule Wessex, Mercia and East Anglia. But all around the restless Northmen, eyeing the rich lands and wealthy churches, are mounting raids.
Uhtred of Bebbanburg, the kingdoms' greatest warrior, controls Northern Mercia from the strongly fortified city of Chester. But forces are rising up against him. Northmen allied to the Irish, led by the fierce warrior Ragnall Ivarson, are soon joined by the Northumbrians, and their strength could prove overwhelming. Despite the gathering threat, both Edward and Æthelflaed are reluctant to move out of the safety of their fortifications.
But with Uhtred's own daughter married to Ivarson's brother, who can be trusted?
In the struggle between family and loyalty, between personal ambition and political commitment, there will be no easy path. But a man with a warrior's courage may be able to find it. Such a man is Uhtred,and this may be his finest hour.
©2015 Bernard Cornwell (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"A tense, powerful and compulsive story." (The Times)
"Strong narrative, vigourous action and striking characterisation, Cornwell remains king of the territory he has staked out as his own." (Sunday Times)
"Blood, divided loyalties and thundering battles." (The 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)
the narrator has changed how he pronounces some of the characters names which is pretty annoying. The story was OK nothing really to intriguing unlike the earlier stories in this series.i think Bernard Cornwell is circling with this character. He needs to decide what he is doing with him soon.
i love this series of books. really well narrated and the story has a really solid core running through out thw 9 books. The characters are well developed. the only critisim is that there is some level of predicability and repeatability as the series has progressed but still a great listen.
The world he creates. The preposterous, vivid melodrama.
Finan challenging an entire army.
Against the odds the Pagan saves his Christian Queen.
Lose yourself in past times, vividly bought to light by the authors imagination and word craft. You can smell the battle scenes penned by him! Held from the first page to the last I am now onto the next book.
Treat yourself and read all of the Saxon chronicles.
And so ends another chapter in this wonderful story
Can't wait for the next instalment
Well read and well written
Long live Utred 😀
I enjoyed this in audio book form even more than I've enjoyed the other books in the series in ebook form. Perhaps it was simply due to me not having to worry about how to pronounce some of the place names!
The only slight problem I had was that the narration struggled with some of the voices, particularly the women's.
I like Matt Bates' work. He's top-notch performing this series. Cornwell should continue this series using the protagonist's soon as a new hero. Very enjoyable.
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