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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

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.

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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.

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  • Savanna
  • Sweetwater, Texas, United States
  • 12-01-16

Wow

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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The Story Continues

I loved this whole series and every book in it. Flame Bearer does not disappoint but I recommend you start at the beginning of the Saxon Tales to appreciate the story flow. Plenty of realistic fighting and violence, historical context and characters.

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Saxon tales

I love all of this story. it satisfied my eternal curiosity of. a time so lost in history. I am a christian who has often wondered how the "church " got Jesus's message so screwed up. but.there were those who had it right. a true loving God has changed the hearts of men as the story shows. what happened to the "Vikings" some have asked why the became Christians. but as time will show, men who hide behind the cruelty of greedy men and with vile lust for power, control and NOT true Christian love will tramp upon people who are trusting a d weaker, hurt women and use them for their own lust in the name of Jesus (Yeshua) will find themselves facing the words of G_d. Depart from Me, I never knew you. thank you Bernard Comwell , I Loved your books. the narration was awesome !!!

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can we hope for more in the series

the worst part of this book is that this may be the last Saxon story

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Great book and series

Another good book from Bernard Cornwell! This is my favorite series no doubts about it!

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Finally come full circle

Uhtrech Is an old man and finally makes it back to Bebbenburg. Another great take by Cornwell

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Great writing, I love his books

Sad its over I really enjoyed this series "The Last Kingdom". Great books, looking forward to reading more of his writings!

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what an end!

I couldn't have been happier with the end to Lord Uthred's tale. Alas, I am sad to see the story end, but an amazing and exciting end it was. The narrator is my favorite of the series and does a great job in voicing each character. A tip of the hat to Cornwell for renewing my love of European history.