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The number one Sunday Times best seller

In the final reckoning, choose your side carefully....

The epic conclusion to the globally best-selling historical series, coming October 2020. 

After years fighting to reclaim his rightful home, Uhtred of Bebbanburg has returned to Northumbria. With his loyal band of warriors and a new woman by his side, his household is secure – yet Uhtred is far from safe. Beyond the walls of his impregnable fortress, a battle for power rages. To the south, King Æthelstan has unified the three kingdoms of Wessex, Mercia and East Anglia – and now eyes a bigger prize. 

To the north, King Constantine and other Scottish and Irish leaders seek to extend their borders and expand their dominion. Caught in the eye of the storm is Uhtred. Threatened and bribed by all sides, he faces an impossible choice: stay out of the struggle, risking his freedom, or throw himself into the cauldron of war and the most terrible battle Britain has ever experienced. 

Only fate can decide the outcome. The epic story of how England was made concludes in War Lord, the magnificent finale to the Last Kingdom series.

©2020 Bernard Cornwell (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Cornwell superfans should look out." (BBC History Magazine)

"England’s creation story finally comes to an epic conclusion." (History Revealed)

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Fantastic story interweaved with history.

Love Bernard Cornwell's books. They bring history to life. This the 13th and last in the Saxon series is up to his usual standard. I will never fight in a shield wall but the description he writes brings it to light. I have been to many of the places in this series and whether you are standing on Bamburgh castle, Durham or walking up to the white horse I always view it in the eyes of Uthred!
Can't believe that's 13 books and 16 years. I feel Uthreds aches and pains now.
Thank you Bernard Cornwell

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Marvellous end to a brilliant series.

The last book in the "Last Kingdom " series lives up to expectations. A fitting end to a wonderful historical saga following Uhtred throughout his life. I have never read a Bernard Cornwell book that I have not enjoyed and this is my favourite series. I will very much miss the anticipation of reading about Uhtred's next adventure . - perhaps I will have to re-read the whole series sooner rather than later! Quite apart from anything else, reading these books will teach you a great deal about this period of history, while immersing you in an enthralling tale populated with a host of fascinating characters, many of whom are real historical figures who come back to life in the pages of Bernard Cornwell's novels.
Clearly you will miss a lot if you do not read the books in order. "War Lord" brings Uhtred's tale to an end in a satisfying and fulfilling way, with plenty of visceral action along the way! Don't miss it!

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Warlord

This book is about 50 hours too short...
A fitting, dignified, ever exciting and very acceptable conclusion to the life story that has been such an absorbing and enjoyable companion.
Brilliant.
... soooo. I wonder what adventures his son will get up to Bernard?
Thank you.

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sad to see the end of this wonderful series

loved the whole series and what a satisfying end a great read! an incredible tale of englands forging

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Getting old ungracfuly

I miss the the young Utred and I will miss the old bugger too. I know storys have to end some where... Valhalah!

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Fabulous book - fabulous series.

I have loved these books - and am sorry they’ve come to an end. I think what I have loved the most, is the fact that, although it is fictional, it is based on a knowledge of the times and has been researched so well. Thank you so much Mr. Cornwell, for bringing times past to life.

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A superb end to an excellent series

I've eagerly awaited each of the next instalment of these and this one doesn't disappoint, proving a very fitting end. I love Cornwell's style of writing and find it so easy to read (and listen to for the first time in this case, due to a recent eye operation - great narration by Matt Bates). I'm wondering what series he'll come up with next...

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Great way to end

I have been reading these books since 2004. There have been ups and downs throughout the 13 books but on the whole I am entertained and now transferring to the audio brings some life to parts.

The narrator really brings out characters in Uhtred, Finan, and Aethelstan excuse my spelling.

In my opinion is almost as good as Sharpe, but watching and reading Sharpe growing up probably biases my view somewhat.

Worth a listen if you haven't encountered before and a great story to end a classic series of stories.

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Hail Lord of the North

Yet another in the great saga of Uhtred of Bebbanburg, home of my great great grandfather, Robert Dickenson.

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a brilliant end to a staggeringly enjoyable series

you won't have got to this book without having read the previous 12 and having read those 12 you won't feel let down.

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  • 17-10-20

One of the best in the series

My favorite books in this series have been: Death of Kings (despite terrible narration), The Pagan Lord, and The Empty Throne and now I can easily add War Lord to my list of favorites in the series. I found War Lord to be one of the best in the series, so that makes for a wonderful conclusion to the story of Uhtred.

I love the title even more after finishing the book. It was not difficult to say goodbye to all the characters that I have come to love through the years and I don't have that dreaded sadness that comes to a series finale- I think because this book was such a satisfying conclusion to an epic story that I just want to start from the beginning and do it all again.

This book does have our usual oaths (questionable and steadfast), new characters and ones from the past, deception of people and plots, intrigue, and a hefty dose of all emotions. This book truly has it all.

The call backs to earlier characters and battles was just enough to make you realize that this is the end and of course these things would be going through Uhtred's mind especially at this stage in his life. I was not disappointed in the end or the epilogue - wonderful how the author made this come full circle. I often wondered how or if the author would tie back to the very beginning of the series and I was not disappointed.

I have to add that all the secondary characters that come to life throughout this series (and this book) plus all the laughter and tears I've shed during these 13 books makes this series my favorite and Uhtred my favorite character. Do not miss out on this series - highly entertaining and very enjoyable.

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  • Joseph
  • 16-10-20

Incredible conclusion

Ties together 12 other books in a very satisfying way. Makes all 12 books better.

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  • Randypelton2
  • 01-01-21

uhtred at his finest

a great end to a great saga great twist and turns uhtred kicks ass even when hes old as dirt finans the man citrik is back

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  • J Collin Strickland
  • 18-10-20

A Nice Bow...

This final installment of “The Last Kingdom” did a good job of tying up most of the story threads from prior books and out a nice bow on top. While certainly not one of the most compelling entry in the series, a mediocre Cornwell effort is still better than most. The only narration complaint I have is with the pronunciation of “seax”. The word is pronounced “sax” in English or very much like “sex” in French. If I had heard “SAY AX” one...more...time...

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  • Lesly_Espejo
  • 22-03-21

Amazing

I love all of the Last Kingdom books, I have read, listened to, and watched the series more than once.

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  • Ben
  • 21-03-21

I'll miss you England

an amazing conclusion to an amazing story. Great narration, great writing. I cried a little.

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  • Mom4_2
  • 19-03-21

AMAZING SERIES!

So sad this is the last story. I will miss these characters but what a great escape into their lives for 13 books! Plus a bit of a history lesson on how England came to be :)

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  • Brian Bizik
  • 10-03-21

Incredible

Amazing. So well done and a wonderful end to the best series of its kind I’ve ever read. If you have an opportunity take part in this entire series and you will not regret a minute of it. Truly the best theories of its kind ever

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  • Thomas Irvin
  • 15-01-21

Satisfying conclusion to a great series.

I started the Saxon Chronicles due to George Martin hyping the battle scenes as being incredibly well written... Having finished it now I'm saddened thats its come to an end... I love this series... Im going to miss Uhtred and Finan and all the characters Ive come to know so well. Thank you Mr. Cornwell its been a true pleasure.

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  • Karl 0.
  • 13-01-21

The grand final

I have read all your books in this series. Great work, that has provided days of enjoyable entertainment. Being a modern norseman myself, having grown up in a landscape full of burial mounds for viking warriors, it is interesting to read the other side of the story. History could easily have looked different.

Thank you for writing this series.

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