The next installment of Bernard Cornwell's best-selling series chronicling the epic saga of the making of England, "like Game of Thrones, but real" (Observer, London) - the basis for The Last Kingdom, the hit television series coming to Netflix in fall 2016.
From the day it was stolen from me, I dreamed of recapturing Bebbanburg. The great fort had been built on a rock that was almost an island. It was massive; it could be approached only on land by a single narrow track; and it was mine.
Britain is in a state of uneasy peace. Northumbria's Viking ruler, Sigtryggr, and Mercia's Saxon queen, Aethelflaed, have agreed to a truce. And so England's greatest warrior, Uhtred of Bebbanburg, at last has the chance to take back the home his traitorous uncle stole from him so many years ago - and which his scheming cousin still occupies.
But fate is inexorable, and the enemies Uhtred has made and the oaths he has sworn combine to distract him from his dream of recapturing Bebbanburg. New enemies enter into the fight for England's kingdoms: the redoubtable Constantin of Scotland seizes an opportunity for conquest and leads his armies south. Britain's precarious peace threatens to turn into a war of annihilation.
But Uhtred is determined that nothing, neither the new enemies nor the old foes who combine against him, will keep him from his birthright. He is the Lord of Bebbanburg, but he will need all the skills he has learned in a lifetime of war to make his dream come true. The latest chapter in Bernard Cornwell's "violent, absorbing historical saga", The Flame Bearer confirms Bernard Cornwell's title as "perhaps the greatest writer of historical adventure novels today" (Washington Post).
©2016 Bernard Cornwell (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
Please tell me it's not over. I could read all of them over three times a year and they never get old. Please just one more book.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
I have been following the story of Uhtred of Babbenberg since the first book in the Saxon Stories. In this book Uhtred achieves his goal he has had since book one.
The Saxon Chronicles has been a historical fiction series following the story of King Albert the Great of Wessex and his offspring. Unlike the other books in the series, Cornwell does not have to worry about historical accuracy in this book. In this book, he can allow his imagination to run free. Of course, he still stays within the historical parameters of his series. Uhtred recaptures his Babbenberg home, land and titles.
The book is well written and the historical accuracy of the series has been meticulous. Cornwell is the master of historical fiction; he is also the master of the battle scene. His description is packed with detail and emotions. His battle scene is so dramatic he places the reader in the middle of the battle with all the sights and smells. I have enjoyed all the fascinating characters in this series, real and imaginary. I would guess this is the end of Uhtred’s story. But Cornwell does have the rest of English history to tell us about. This was a great series and a fun way to learn English history.
Matt Bates does a good job narrating the story. Bates has narrated this series since book seven. Bates is an actor and audiobook narrator.
This has been one of the most exciting series I've listened to. Of course you have to accept the bloodshed and the mixing of gods, but, that said, you join with Uhtred in his desires and conquests and worry for him until he somehow pulls out a victory. The spinners (fates) must have enjoyed weaving this life. I cant wait for the next book and hope there is one.
I stepped away from this series for a time because the stories were feeling formulaic. However, my curiosity got the better of me because it's still an amazing saga and I want to see where it goes. I am very pleased to have finally purchased this book because the heart is back in it. Any notion that this book would feel the same as the last few quickly vanished. The twists and turns in Uhtred's fortune continue to make me feel everything from dismay, to anger, and then on to deep joy. Congratulations Mr. Cornwell, you have breathed a new life into this amazing work.
Bernard Cornwell writes wonderful epic tales that put you into real historical places and events. Yes, there are fictional figures there but his attention to historic detail is so good that it's hard to remember what is history and what isn't. I've read many of his books but The Flame Bearer is the much needed conclusion to a well planned series. Plus Matt Bates has read the majority of this series and he does great. Good on you!
Yes, I listen while commuting.
He's a decent character narrator.
Re-read the warlord chronicles.
I've read 95% of Cornwell's books and he is by and far my favorite novelist. However after reading and listening to this series for what seams like a decade (literally), it fell flat in the end. I was really hoping for a glorious end to what was an exceptional series and it just wasn't that for me. But what a great character Uthred has been.
Wow. The reader for this book is fantastic. Every voice is different and it really helps keep all of the characters straight. I found the story interesting, but the narrator unbelievablely great.
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