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Summary

The 11th book in the epic and best-selling series that has gripped millions. 

A hero will be forged from this broken land. As seen on Netflix and BBC around the world. 

Lord Uhtred of Bebbanburg knows that peace is far from reach. Though he has won the battle for his ancestral home, rebellion looms in Mercia and invading Norsemen appear at every turn. With the country in turmoil, Uhtred comes face to face with King Skoll, a violent Norseman leading an army of úlfheðinn, or wolf warriors, hellbent on seizing a kingdom – and killing any in his path. Surrounded and outnumbered by new enemies, Uhtred must call on all his skill and courage to survive and prevent his beloved Northumbria from falling to the Viking hordes.

©2018 Bernard Cornwell (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"Excellent...Cornwell is masterly." (The Times)

"There can surely be no better writer of historical dramas than Bernard Cornwell." (Daily Express)

"Tight plotting, vivid action...great." (Independent)

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Audible got this very wrong

Although a great story, the opening started at Chapter 7 or 8 and the second half of the book played first, with the ending in the middle of the recording. Not what I expect from Audible and to be frank, it ruined a good book and story.
Audible at fault not Bernard Cornwell.

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When is the next one coming??!!!

I have been waiting with bated breath for the latest addition to this outstanding series and in all honesty I could not put this down. As with all the previous instalments this one leaves you wanting more, brilliant again from Bernard Cornwell.

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Just dragging it out

Story feels below par from a much loved author. The hero is getting a bit old for all this

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a bit dissapointing

didn't think it as good as the others in the series. Narration was excellent though and the mad bishop hilarious 😂

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He does it again!

As with all Bernard Cornwall books a superb read and Matt Bates does it brilliantley

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perfect as always. never fails to keep me enthrall

absolutely fantastic as always
absolutely love Bernard cormwell Ang his enthralling novels. excellent read x

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Tale of Uhtred continues to engross and enthrall.

To my mind Bernard Cornwall is peerless in Historical fiction, and this series is my favourite. I wonder why I left it so long to read the latest instalment of Uhtred's saga - but as soon as I started reading and listening I knew I would not get much done until I finished. If you have enjoyed the previous books this one will not disappoint - and if you have not, you should, though you would do well to start with the first book not this one which is no. eleven methinks. Bring on no. twelve! The narration is top-notch in the audiobook!

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Good solid Bernard Cornwell

As ever a good solid Bernard Cornwell novel that’s excellently narrated by Matt Bates
A little predictable to Cornwell fans but still well worth the listen

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Bernard Cornwell does not disappoint

Saxon England brought to life with a mature less macho Uhtred still conflicted by his religion and his loyalties fights on. I loved every minute

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A book you can not stop reading until you get to the end.

The pace of the War of the Wolf is fast and furious. You can not put it down as you have to find out what will happen next. You are swept along with Uhtred, feeling his frustration with the situation he finds himself in, the limitation that his advancing age has on his strength and speed and his pain at the death of his daughter. I was expecting that while one of his warriors disappears early on in the final battle, that he would turn up later and have some important consequence and was pleased to be right. Good triumphs over evil and the reader draws a breath of relief. But then you realise it’s a long wait until the next instalment.

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  • Cecil webb
  • 15-09-20

RIVALS GAME OF THRONES!!

I absolutely love The Last Kingdom series & I cannot get enough!

Intense
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  • 11-03-21

How England was made

Very good story overlayed on the history of how England was made. Someone like Uhtred and his followers must have done the work for the Kings at the time. Great 'back-story'.

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  • Renae
  • 04-09-20

B. Cornwell Never Disappoints!

The final battle of this novel is perfectly described as the author goes back and forth between Uhtred's memory of the battle and his responses to a young Christian poet priest. Minor characters' valor surprise readers and villains' dastardly exploits repel us. Excellent. Descriptive. Fun.

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  • Nuggets
  • 04-01-20

Great

I loved the book and the series as a whole, but what I liked most was the anecdote by the author. Was a touch of class on his part.

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  • Rufus
  • 15-02-19

The King without a crown... I absolutely love it.

I am raving for more Uhtred, Lord of Bebbanburg the King without the Crown. The most gripping battle between shield wall and fortress rocked me. AND a masterfully executed twist right at the end. Can't wait for the next book.

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  • Nathan
  • 17-12-18

Another great Uhtred story

Any long time reader of Bernard Cornwell's books know the quality of story they will receive from this book. I found this book brought out a lot more emotion in me then previous stories with some tough moments to listen to. Matt Bates does another stellar job reprising the role of Uhtred.

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  • Stonedog
  • 23-10-18

Good addition to the series

An enjoyable addition to Uthred's continuing story of the birth of England.

A good warm up for the upcomin Netflixs drama.

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  • Euan Thomson
  • 15-10-18

Continuation of Excellence

First introduced to Bernard Cornwell when I was stuck in a rainstorn in Papua New Guinea. Read the first Sharpes book in a day. Since then I have read every book Cornwell has written - even the romances.
But ......I do think that the Utred series is the best
Love them and always get excited when I see a new one on the horizon.

Thanks Bernard