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Publisher's Summary

The number one Sunday Times best seller

In the final reckoning, choose your side carefully....

The epic conclusion to the globally best-selling historical series, coming October 2020. 

After years fighting to reclaim his rightful home, Uhtred of Bebbanburg has returned to Northumbria. With his loyal band of warriors and a new woman by his side, his household is secure – yet Uhtred is far from safe. Beyond the walls of his impregnable fortress, a battle for power rages. To the south, King Æthelstan has unified the three kingdoms of Wessex, Mercia and East Anglia – and now eyes a bigger prize. 

To the north, King Constantine and other Scottish and Irish leaders seek to extend their borders and expand their dominion. Caught in the eye of the storm is Uhtred. Threatened and bribed by all sides, he faces an impossible choice: stay out of the struggle, risking his freedom, or throw himself into the cauldron of war and the most terrible battle Britain has ever experienced. 

Only fate can decide the outcome. The epic story of how England was made concludes in War Lord, the magnificent finale to the Last Kingdom series.

©2020 Bernard Cornwell (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Cornwell superfans should look out." (BBC History Magazine)

"England’s creation story finally comes to an epic conclusion." (History Revealed)

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A Nice Bow...

This final installment of “The Last Kingdom” did a good job of tying up most of the story threads from prior books and out a nice bow on top. While certainly not one of the most compelling entry in the series, a mediocre Cornwell effort is still better than most. The only narration complaint I have is with the pronunciation of “seax”. The word is pronounced “sax” in English or very much like “sex” in French. If I had heard “SAY AX” one...more...time...

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Incredible conclusion

Ties together 12 other books in a very satisfying way. Makes all 12 books better.

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A good ending.

It is Bernard Cornwell so you know its good. A good ending to a great series.

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A fitting and Noble Ending!!!

The wonderful and emotional ending to the Uthred Saga!! Loved the way Cornwell tied together all of the emotions of loyalty and treason that highlighted the previous versions of this story to bring it to a most complete and satisfying end. Well done Mr. Cornwell!!

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Great end to a great series that has been so well

Very well read and a wonderful series. It has been an enchanting audio series for many a long winter day/night. A well developed and written series that has been most entertaining.

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I am really going to miss this series. I would recommend this series to any who love historical fiction.

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Excellent finish to a great series

Just the best all around. Sad that it had to end. It was a wonderful series.

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One of the best series

o over the years I have read each book in this series, anticipating the next. Sad the series ended but greatful for the years of entertainment it brought. The last Uthred book did not disappoint, Bernard Cornwell's brilliant story telling melting real events with fiction could not have been done better. 10/10, best series I've read. thank you Mr. Cornwell

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Simply Excellent

I read each of the books in this series. I loved them all and expected WARLORD to be on par with the rest. I was surprised, WARLORD surpasses the others. Mr Cornwell is truly a Rock Star.

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Another incredible story!

Another incredible story. loved the narrator. loved the story. so sad that this is the last one.

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  • Paul Thompson
  • 10-17-20

Fantastic story interweaved with history.

Love Bernard Cornwell's books. They bring history to life. This the 13th and last in the Saxon series is up to his usual standard. I will never fight in a shield wall but the description he writes brings it to light. I have been to many of the places in this series and whether you are standing on Bamburgh castle, Durham or walking up to the white horse I always view it in the eyes of Uthred! Can't believe that's 13 books and 16 years. I feel Uthreds aches and pains now. Thank you Bernard Cornwell

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  • Andrew
  • 10-30-20

Warlord

This book is about 50 hours too short... A fitting, dignified, ever exciting and very acceptable conclusion to the life story that has been such an absorbing and enjoyable companion. Brilliant. ... soooo. I wonder what adventures his son will get up to Bernard? Thank you.

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  • Adam Turner
  • 10-20-20

sad to see the end of this wonderful series

loved the whole series and what a satisfying end a great read! an incredible tale of englands forging

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  • ordaz
  • 10-17-20

Getting old ungracfuly

I miss the the young Utred and I will miss the old bugger too. I know storys have to end some where... Valhalah!

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  • Mrs. Linda M. Rhodes
  • 10-16-20

Fabulous book - fabulous series.

I have loved these books - and am sorry they’ve come to an end. I think what I have loved the most, is the fact that, although it is fictional, it is based on a knowledge of the times and has been researched so well. Thank you so much Mr. Cornwell, for bringing times past to life.

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  • Matt
  • 11-20-20

Sooo bloody good

Look Uhtred lovers and devoties and the shield wall. This is it. Proper firm up and smell the sweat of the airsling that you’re about to slaughter. It’s phenomenal and by Thor I bless the mighty bard Cornwell for the 100s of hours that he and Uhtred have given me. Magnificent

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  • Maneloc
  • 11-19-20

excellent

an excellent story well read by matt Bates. This completes the last kingdom series of books.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-17-20

Great series

Spent many hours listening to this series, and I’m sure will re-listen many times. Great story telling, wonderful use of adjectives.

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  • Mark
  • 11-16-20

brilliant

As always a great story told well and read well ,just love these saxon chronicles best set of books I've ever read so sad they have finished.

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  • Gloria Holmes
  • 11-15-20

War lord

A brilliant end to the saga! Well done The author is brilliant, keeps you on the end of your seat!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-30-20

The end of the greatest of all stories ever told.

Once again Bernard Cornwell has acted the story of Uthred of Bebbenberg. The buildup, the battle, and the ending were fantastic. It would not be easy to keep the main characters battling so much due to age but it was great how it worked. The descriptions of battle, characters, and environment make you easily able to picture every scene on very page. It is the end of the whole series and I will read it all again for sure. Uthred will never be forgotten. As a fan of the books I have been to the Bamberg Castle. It is a beautiful place and full of history. The height of the caste, the strong walls, and the view of the water make everything in these books feel real when you are there.

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  • Lachlan
  • 11-29-20

Epic series

Thank you very much for you excellent books sir, you are my favourite writer, cheers!

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  • Seumas
  • 11-25-20

So sad

Very sad this saga has ended, listening to this narrator telling the story of Uhtred of Bebbanburg. A great deal of the attraction to this series has been the narration. Coming to a new book in the series is like returning to hear the voice of an old friend. I don’t know where Bernard Cornwell will go from here but hearing his epilogue makes me hopeful for a return to the North and a new Warlord.

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  • Aaron
  • 11-06-20

The last kingdom

Awesome! Couldn’t ask for anymore! Thoroughly recommend this saga! My son has also read all the books, it gave us a real connection talking through them all. 😊

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-31-20

What an amazing series!

Loved the final book. Matt Bates is amazing, loved his performance too! I think I will listen to the whole series again at some point of time in my life :). Great work by Bernard Cornwell.

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  • r1gby1983
  • 10-26-20

One of the best

Loved this book and possibly one of the best in the series. I’m a bit gutted because I’ve enjoyed reading these over the years and it’s sad that this was the last book. Thank you Bernard Cornwell for Uthred of Bebbenburg.

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  • Kevin
  • 10-24-20

Superb

A brilliant and thoroughly entertaining tale. What makes this audio book even more perfect is after the bonus historical note. That was just amazing, just like this fictional wonder wrapped so skilfully around the historical facts. Thank you Bernard Cornwell.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-21-20

Loved the series

History with a great fiction interwoven within. A warts and all hero in a bloody and harsh history. Google and Google Maps got a workout while listening to the excellent narration, following the geography of the British Isles where battles were fought and researching the historical figures and names. A marvellous adventure and journey through the bloody turbulence of the making of England.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-20-20

What a fantastic ending

Utterly enjoyable conclusion to the saga It will be hard to find similar books to look forward to now it’s over 10/10

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-20-20

The wait was worth it

I counted days till this book was released. Matt Bates is a brilliant narrator. I wish it wasn't the last but all good things must come to an end. Big salute to Bernard Cornwell.