The brand-new novel in Bernard Cornwell's number one best-selling series on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg. BBC2's major TV show The Last Kingdom is based on the first two novels in the series.
From the day it was stolen from me, I had dreamed of recapturing Bebbanburg. The great fort was 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 of his traitorous uncle, which was stolen 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.
©2016 Bernard Cornwell (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
Praise for Bernard Cornwell:
"Like Game of Thrones, but real." (Observer)
"Blood, divided loyalties and thundering battles." (The Times)
"Strong narrative, vigourous action and striking characterisation, Cornwell remains king of the territory he has staked out as his own." (Sunday Times)
"A violent, absorbing historical saga, deeply researched and thoroughly imagined." (Washington Post)
"The best battle scenes of any writer I've ever read, past or present. Cornwell really makes history come alive." (George R. R. Martin)
"Cornwell draws a fascinating picture of England as it might have been before anything like England existed." (The Times)
"He's called a master storyteller. Really he's cleverer than that." (Telegraph)
"A reminder of just how good a writer he is." (Sunday Times)
"Nobody in the world does this better than Cornwell." (Lee Child)
I did not know the book was out (which I will buy) so Ive listened first a bit arsey versey but anyhow it was great. I even had earphones in, in class and i'm a lecturer!
The ability to do other things whilst listening.
Plus Matt's accents make it seem more real.
Possibly when the bad guy's were sneaking in the back way but if you mean like a child getting cancer "moved" me it's not that kind of book.
Great book, Great Reading.
A compelling story, wonderfully performed by Matt Bates. I need more of these stories from Bernard Cornwell!
"A fine ending to a long tale."
Well narrated and a fine story to finish Utred's journey. Although who knows if it's the end ;-)
I know that reviewing this book is a waste of time as it is number 10 in a series but I will do it anyway as tribute to the author
I've read a lot of books, I believe more than 400 in fact. This was one of the best!
Well done sir, and thank you
"Another brilliant story"
I adore the Uhtred series. I could be a Shield Maiden! I do more housework/gardening when listening to this series, than at any other time. Almost do anything to plug in and escape.
There is a cynical humour and an earthiness but at the same time, I feel that there is a lot of well-researched knowledge in the stories. There is a flow that picks me up and sweeps me along, almost breathless.
Matt Bates is Uhtred! as soon as I hear his voice, he transports me to Anglo-Saxon England.
Lots of times.
Please tell me that this isn't the last in the series!!!
An excellent storyline and wonderfully read. I'd been looking forward to this and wasn't disappointed!
"Is this the end?"
Loved it but does the saga finish here? I do hope not! It is brilliantly read with some great accents.
this was a brilliant book just like all the rest of the series good books.
I have read all of the books leading to this one but was unable to find time . so over the holidays I got a glass full , sat down refused to do anything else until I had listened to the conclusion , a true work of art thanks Bernard ! well read and delivered by audio. best day for a while ... thanks.
"Too much padding"
This is not up to his usual standard.The story had a predictable ending and much time was spent endlessly repeating the perceived outcomes and political motives of the various characters.He is usually much better than this.
"Yet another short story from Bernard"
I have been following this series from the very beginning and they have been fantastic but the last two books are just scratching at the barrel of ale. Where's the story ? I miss the adventures and the side stories ? I miss the cannot wait feeling for the book to come out and sit and listen for 13 epic hours of intrigue, relationships and war... now it's fulling his return to his castle. All this time waiting for an amazing war, an amazing battle, an amazing build up to ... there you go here's your castle. Very very disappointed. This book should of been so much more... when I think of The lords of the North, Death of Kings or even the battle scenes in The Pagan Lord.....this latest instalment falls flat on its face. Come on Bernard you can do so much more
"great book again in this fantastic series"
Bloody awesome and I will be looking forward to the next in the series. superb
loved it to the point i could not stop
listening. gutted its finished. struggle, battle and deceit from start to finish what more do u need from a book 😊
"up to the normal high standard."
I felt I was standing in the shield wall again weighing the merits of various ancient battle tactics.
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