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The Flame Bearer Audiobook

The Flame Bearer: Saxon Tales, Book 10

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 12-13-16
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 12-13-16 Member Since 2017
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    "A Rousing Tale"

    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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Brent 12-08-16
    Brent 12-08-16 Member Since 2014
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    "So so"

    I miss Jonathan Keeble's narration. Doesn't seem the same. But story isn't bad for an ending.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Savanna Sweetwater, Texas, United States 12-01-16
    Savanna Sweetwater, Texas, United States 12-01-16
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    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.

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    Alan Rich 11-13-17
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    "Binge Listen"

    A well performed series. I binged listened to the series and enjoyed every hour. Hearing the history from this viewpoint was excellent. Audible 20 Review Sweepstakes Entry.

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    Archer 10-05-17
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    "Absolutely Masterful!"

    I walked away from this book feeling delighted and fulfilled after dutifully following Uhtred from the beginning.
    The description of battle was so fantastic I found myself replaying it over and over and relishing the eloquence.
    Excellent book!

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    skeeter 10-04-17
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    "Magnificent Series"

    The story of Uhtred lives on. This is a must-read series, exciting plots and action, unforgettable characters. As always, I am left wanting more. Excellent series.

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    Anonymous 10-02-17
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    "Fantastic"

    A captivating tale about the life of a warrior. Threaded together by unique characters. Each chapter is tied to the next and leaves you anticipating Uhtred's next move in his struggle to regain Bebbanburg.

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    Dr. Mike Maroon 09-29-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Matt Bates is amazing!"

    Matt Bates was an amazing narrator who brought the story to life! Enjoyed listening to the tale of Uhtred as I read along with the book.

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    Anne Artis Port Townsend, WA 09-25-17
    Anne Artis Port Townsend, WA 09-25-17
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    "I'm sad to say goodbye to Uhtred of Bebbanburg."

    I've thoroughly enjoyed this series. There were only a few places where the story moved a little slowly, and that was in the second and third books. I love the way Cornwell describes the scenes. Matt Bates is by far the best performer. I don't remember his name, but in the second book, I believe, the performer pronounced the names differently and just didn't do a very good job. That is my only complaint.

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    Steven 09-23-17
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    "A Masterpiece !!!"

    Bernard Cornwell does it again. BRAVO!!! LOOKING FORWARD TO SOME MORE READS BY Mr. CORNWELL

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