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.
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 masterpiece from the great Bernard Cornwell.!!! can't wait for the next one if there is to be another Utrid ?
"Good story, but absolutely terrible narration"
Great escapist story. As usual Cornwell weaves an excellent yarn out of his excellent knowledge of history. It's a shame the narration was absolutely awful.
This is brilliant.
I love these books. Bernard is hits a high note in the saga.
Matts performance is perfect and I really appreciate the care, craft and skill he puts into this.
Thanks to all involved.
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As always first class loved it can't wait for the next chapter it will be a corker
"Always wait the next instalment with great anticipation. Have journey far with Uhtred and this latest book was fantastic"
Detail, intrigue, humour, blood lust and entertainment. As always, brilliant brilliant brilliant. Thank you for 12 hours of fabulous escapism.
"Fantastic story. My first ever audio book."
Will do so again, great way to chill out and listen to a fantastic book. Book 10 but was worth the wait.
"another great read"
well read yet again you are wisked back to the 9th century and the sea and bebanburgh
"Out standing just outstanding"
love the last kingdom series of books this latest one is the crowning glory great action blinding charictors perfect Ending.
After 10 books the story of uthred still feels fresh.
When I hear uthred now I hear the voice of matt bates.
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