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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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One of the best in the series

My favorite books in this series have been: Death of Kings (despite terrible narration), The Pagan Lord, and The Empty Throne and now I can easily add War Lord to my list of favorites in the series. I found War Lord to be one of the best in the series, so that makes for a wonderful conclusion to the story of Uhtred.

I love the title even more after finishing the book. It was not difficult to say goodbye to all the characters that I have come to love through the years and I don't have that dreaded sadness that comes to a series finale- I think because this book was such a satisfying conclusion to an epic story that I just want to start from the beginning and do it all again.

This book does have our usual oaths (questionable and steadfast), new characters and ones from the past, deception of people and plots, intrigue, and a hefty dose of all emotions. This book truly has it all.

The call backs to earlier characters and battles was just enough to make you realize that this is the end and of course these things would be going through Uhtred's mind especially at this stage in his life. I was not disappointed in the end or the epilogue - wonderful how the author made this come full circle. I often wondered how or if the author would tie back to the very beginning of the series and I was not disappointed.

I have to add that all the secondary characters that come to life throughout this series (and this book) plus all the laughter and tears I've shed during these 13 books makes this series my favorite and Uhtred my favorite character. Do not miss out on this series - highly entertaining and very enjoyable.

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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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Satisfying conclusion to a great series.

I started the Saxon Chronicles due to George Martin hyping the battle scenes as being incredibly well written... Having finished it now I'm saddened thats its come to an end... I love this series... Im going to miss Uhtred and Finan and all the characters Ive come to know so well. Thank you Mr. Cornwell its been a true pleasure.

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uhtred at his finest

a great end to a great saga great twist and turns uhtred kicks ass even when hes old as dirt finans the man citrik is back

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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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Amazing

I love all of the Last Kingdom books, I have read, listened to, and watched the series more than once.

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I'll miss you England

an amazing conclusion to an amazing story. Great narration, great writing. I cried a little.

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AMAZING SERIES!

So sad this is the last story. I will miss these characters but what a great escape into their lives for 13 books! Plus a bit of a history lesson on how England came to be :)

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Incredible

Amazing. So well done and a wonderful end to the best series of its kind I’ve ever read. If you have an opportunity take part in this entire series and you will not regret a minute of it. Truly the best theories of its kind ever

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The grand final

I have read all your books in this series. Great work, that has provided days of enjoyable entertainment. Being a modern norseman myself, having grown up in a landscape full of burial mounds for viking warriors, it is interesting to read the other side of the story. History could easily have looked different.

Thank you for writing this series.

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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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  • Rob Roy
  • 01-27-21

Marvellous end to a brilliant series.

The last book in the "Last Kingdom " series lives up to expectations. A fitting end to a wonderful historical saga following Uhtred throughout his life. I have never read a Bernard Cornwell book that I have not enjoyed and this is my favourite series. I will very much miss the anticipation of reading about Uhtred's next adventure . - perhaps I will have to re-read the whole series sooner rather than later! Quite apart from anything else, reading these books will teach you a great deal about this period of history, while immersing you in an enthralling tale populated with a host of fascinating characters, many of whom are real historical figures who come back to life in the pages of Bernard Cornwell's novels.
Clearly you will miss a lot if you do not read the books in order. "War Lord" brings Uhtred's tale to an end in a satisfying and fulfilling way, with plenty of visceral action along the way! Don't miss it!

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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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  • 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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  • Amazon customer
  • 06-29-21

a fitting end to Uhtred's saga

absolutely loved it. a fitting end to the saga of Uhtred of Bebbenburg, nail biting to the finish. enjoyed it so much I'm already thinking of re-reading it and only just finished it yesterday!

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  • shaun a doyle
  • 06-26-21

Phenomenal series of books.

Possibly the greatest series of books, detailing the history of England obviously using a fictional character. This series develops not only the story but characters which the reader.grows to.identify and love. Uhtred's story is a story that I return to time and again, if you are looking for excellent battle scenes, strong characters and great storyline then this series is all you need. I like most other readers will miss the gnarley old Uhtred , until that is we pick up the first volume and there he is once again as large as life....enjoy...many of us have.

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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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  • graham
  • 02-16-21

Great read, and a good audio reading.

I had an advance order for the print book when published and read it in two days. Fascinating.

I have all the books in the series.
Lately I've had eye problems and before and after some recent surgery I used the audio version to keep me amused and occupied as I could not see well enough to re-read the book.
I thoroughly enjoyed the audio version, and like the print version I "could not put it down".
Bernard Cornwell has a knack of blending historic events with fictional characters, to produce very engaging stories.

Wirral Archaeology - of which I am a member - welcomed BC to a day long series of events and a display of archaeological finds during 2019. BC's account of the battle is based on one of our theories on the possible battle site.
Finding conclusive proof of a battle that occurred over a thousand years ago is a huge and expensive task.
The search area is - very large.
We are only a small voluntary group, but punch way above our weight with help from many expert supporters.
A lot more investigative work is still needed to confirm - whether or not - the battle site has been found.
But things look... interesting 😉
Is Wirral "the birthplace of England"?
That has yet to be confirmed.

Congratulations to BC for another enthralling read. I hope he will be able to visit Wirral again.
What a story...
What a battle...!!!
What a tale is yet to be told...!

Wyrd biđ ful áræd

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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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  • d l murley
  • 11-07-21

Great listen

Excellent narration, other than I think he mispronounces the name Steapa. Superb story, but that's pretty much par for the course with Bernard Cornwell.

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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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  • victorio joseph soliven
  • 11-16-21

origins of England story

very dramatic historical fiction within the events of the founding of England. good battle narration and character buildup but requires geographical knowledge of England to understand the context of territorial disputes.

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  • Kirsty-Leigh Mulley
  • 04-10-21

Listen to them all!

They have done a brilliant job with this iconic series! I was sad to finish!

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  • Armanious
  • 03-14-21

Spectacular

This enter series was spectacular. Having heard all the volumes in their entirety I will struggle to find another series that comes close to The Last Kingdom series. Magnificently written by Bernard Cornwell and magnificently read by Matt Bates . Thank you for the journey.

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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.