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)
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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.
"Great new episode"
Good continuation to the series and looking forward to next instalment of this epic journey.
another fantatic historical story line. it builds a climax to an ending that is cleverly written.
"Everything a god book should be!"
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.
"One of the best"
A gripping tale that brings Uhtred closer to reclaiming his stolen home. Savage and compelling - one of the best in the series.
"Seriously, can we please sort the narration out now please!"
Far from me knowing what I am talking about with regards to narration I do know at least that you need to pronounce the names correctly! Matt bates is just not up to the task! It is his job to give the best performance possible, but this narration proves he hasn't even been bothered to listen to the other audio books!!! Please please please get Jonathan Keeble to re do this series!!
"Simply the Best!"
No need to say too much as you probably well know! Bernard Cornwell is a master of Historical times and the Great Battles that ensued! His fictional characters fit all his Literary Works so Majestically you can almost talk to the characters yourself! As always he gets 100% from myself and why not the Man is a "Pure Literary Genius"! Thank you as always Bernard you are as I stated in my title, "SIMPLY THE BEST"!
Everybody should read the whole series!
Too many to mention!
Brings the characters to life. Confused at first by the different pronunciation of some of the voices from previous books, but non the less excellent!
Reunion with Daughter & Granddaughter.
Another CLASSIC by the Master. As mentioned earlier,everybody who can, should read the whole series!
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