The Warlord Chronicles

6 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 4,179 ratings

The Winter King Publisher's Summary

Uther, the High King of Britain, has died, leaving the infant Mordred as his only heir. His uncle, the loyal and gifted warlord Arthur, now rules as caretaker for a country which has fallen into chaos - threats emerge from within the British kingdoms while vicious Saxon armies stand ready to invade.

Uther, the High King of Britain, has died, leaving the infant Mordred as his only heir. His uncle, the loyal and gifted warlord Arthur, now rules as caretaker for a country which has fallen into chaos - threats emerge from within the British kingdoms while vicious Saxon armies stand ready to invade.

As he struggles to unite Britain and hold back the Saxon enemy, Arthur is embroiled in a doomed romance with beautiful Guinevere.

©1995 Bernard Cornwell (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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  • Book 1

    • The Winter King

    • The Warlord Chronicles, Book 1
    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 19 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 85
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86

    Uther, the High King of Britain, has died, leaving the infant Mordred as his only heir. His uncle, the loyal and gifted warlord Arthur, now rules as caretaker for a country which has fallen into chaos - threats emerge from within the British kingdoms while vicious Saxon armies stand ready to invade. Uther, the High King of Britain, has died, leaving the infant Mordred as his only heir. His uncle, the loyal and gifted warlord Arthur, now rules as caretaker for a country which has fallen into chaos - threats emerge from within the British kingdoms while vicious Saxon armies stand ready to invade.

    Regular price: $18.11

    • The Winter King

    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 19 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,620
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,487
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,486

    The tale begins in Dark Age Britain, a land where Arthur has been banished and Merlin has disappeared, where a child-king sits unprotected on the throne, where religion vies with magic for the souls of the people. It is to this desperate land that Arthur returns, a man at once utterly human and truly heroic: a man of honor, loyalty, and amazing valor; a man who loves Guinevere more passionately than he should; a man whose life is at once tragic and triumphant.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Might be my favorite take on Arthur

    • By Allen Young on 06-12-16

    Regular price: $42.20

  • Book 2

    • Enemy of God

    • The Warlord Chronicles, Book 2
    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 18 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 59

    The continuing story of Arthur, the second in a trilogy which began with The Winter King. The novels bring Arthur and his world to vivid life. A man battling for his vision of the future in a brutal age, dragged down by suspicions and magics of the past, surrounded by intrigue, dependent on his skill at war and genius for leadership.

    Regular price: $18.11

    • Enemy of God

    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 18 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1,178
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,088
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1,086

    At the end of The Winter, King Arthur fought the battle that forces unity on the warring British kingdoms and now he sets out to face the real enemy - the English (it is one of the great ironies of the Arthur stories that he should have become an English hero when, if he existed at all, he was a great war-leader who opposed the invading Sais). First, though, Merlin leads a perilous expedition into the mysterious west to retrieve a cauldron, one of the treasures of Britain.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great take on Arthur legend

    • By Dr. Jack Littley on 07-18-15

    Regular price: $42.20

  • Book 3

    • Excalibur

    • The Warlord Chronicles, Book 3
    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 18 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 62
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 63

    A story of love, war, loyalty and betrayal, Excalibur begins with the failure of Lancelot's rebellion and the ruin of Arthur's marriage to Guinevere. The Saxons, sensing the disunity of the Britons, seize the chance to destroy Arthur. The climax of the war comes with the legendary triumph at Mount Badon, and Arthur`s great victory. But the promises he made then come back to haunt him after the years of peace and glory.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good but didn't finish off the series cleanly

    • By Louis on 07-28-18

    Regular price: $18.11

    • Excalibur

    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 18 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1,157
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,066
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1,064

    In Excalibur, we follow Arthur and Derfel to that enormous struggle and incredible victory. It not only throws the Saxons back, but reunites Arthur and Guinevere. He might hope now to be left alone, to have a time of peace after gaining a great victory, but new enemies arise to destroy all he has achieved. First is Mordred himself, the crippled king who owes everything to Arthur and now tries to kill his benefactor. Mordred's ally is Nimue who has come to hate her mentor, Merlin.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An Original Story from a legend?

    • By Laurel on 04-08-15

    Regular price: $42.20