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Warriors of the Storm

The Last Kingdom Series, Book 9
Narrated by: Matt Bates
Series: The Last Kingdom Series, Book 9
Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (849 ratings)
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Summary

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

Critic reviews

"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)

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average story.

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.

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His usual high standard

I personally believe this series has gone on for too long. It should have been tied up, with Uhtred retaking Bebbanburg at least four books ago.
However, Cornwell is such a great writer that, although I feel the story overall isn't as powerful as it could have been in a shorter series, I still read or listen (as here) to each new book as soon as they come out!
The previous novel (Pagan Lord if I recall correctly) I felt was a bit meandering, and this one starts much the same, with not a lot happening - certainly no blood or thunder - for a while, and I was starting to worry. But it soon picks up and Uhtred heads off to Ireland and returns again, killing and mutilating lots of enemies and even setting up a new king along the way.
The supporting characters, like his daughter and her husband, are great - just as blood-thirsty as Uhtred himself, yet, like him, still likable!

It's good stuff and the end suggests Bebbanburg may, finally, be the focus next time around.
I hope so.
The narrator isn't as good as the guy that did Cornwell's King Arthur series. I don't know how old this fellow is, but his VOICE makes him sound like he's in his early-mid twenties. Since this story is told from Uhtred's point of view, and Uhtred is an older man, the whole thing just seems off. To his credit though, he reads well and has a good range of accents, even if some of them don't quite come off every time!

Overall, if you have enjoyed this series so far, you will like this one just as much, possibly even more than some of them.
Bernard Cornwell really is a master of his trade!

Recommended.

Steven A. McKay, author of "Wolf's Head".

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Another gem

A superlative performance by Matt Bates. The characterisation truly brings the so called dark ages back to life as you find yourself caught up in the bloody intrigues of the formation of England.

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Fantastic

Really enjoyed this book, excellently read by Matt Bates. Roll on the next one! Fantastic 👍

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  • Judy
  • Bristol, United Kingdom
  • 07-12-15

A cracking good listen

What made the experience of listening to Warriors of the Storm the most enjoyable?

This was one of the very best in this series. The writing was taut, quick and exciting. No padding and every word counted.I was almost breathless in places and the task I was supposed to be doing while listening, often got forgotten and I simply .... listened!Matt Bates captures the voices and makes it all spring into life. I felt I was in the shield wall and I felt the thrill of the battle. It was wonderful.Now I have to wait for the next book but I suspect I will listen to this one again, at least once more!
Bernard Cornwell is one of my favourite authors and although I have read other books in this genre, no-one can touch him. Long may he write.

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Uhtred is getting on a bit... but still awesome

finished it in 7 days, as always Matt Bates was excellent, really immersed into the story during my hectic commute into central London.

The story itself, Uhtred is roughly my dads age at this point and seems to be still kicking ass, fair enough, Stallone in Rocky Balboa was older and I reckon he'd kick most people's arses.

I have to say this one felt a bit random, as in the story sort of jumped around a bit, with decisions being made without much buildup and basically on the hoof (literally), but that's not always a bad thing.

It was an adventure for sure, can't wait to listen to the next one

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Well what can I say

Young Bernard Cornwell does it again, a brilliant listen and well craft book yet again that just make you want to go to the next instalment, which I am going to when I finished writing this.

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Warming to Bates. Great story, plenty of battles.

Warming to Bates, he’s no Keeble but he can individualise the characters well.

This instalment is fast paced and very satisfying as far as the story goes.

We march on.

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Dark Age Hero<br />

I feel like I've been on a long journey with Uhtred and I've enjoyed every gut wrenching, blood soaked step of the way. The tales are remarkably consistent and I enjoyed this one as much as any of them. Hopefully he'll finally get back to Bebbanburgh.

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Another thrilling chapter in Uhtrids journey

Perfect narrator keeps you totally engaged . The story twists unexpectedly and you are there in the shield wall

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  • C. Ian Keay
  • 25-01-17

Entertaining

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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