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War Lord: Book 13 Audio CD – Unabridged, 12 November 2020
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- Publisher : HarperCollins Publishers; Unabridged edition (12 November 2020)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 0008443238
- ISBN-13 : 978-0008443238
- Dimensions : 13.9 x 2.4 x 14.2 cm
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Praise for Bernard Cornwell:
'Strong narrative, vigourous action and striking characterisation, Cornwell remains king of the territory he has staked out as his own' SUNDAY TIMES
‘Like Game of Thrones, but real’ OBSERVER
'Blood, divided loyalties and thundering battles' THE TIMES
‘The best battle scenes of any writer I’ve ever read, past or present. Cornwell really makes history come alive’ George R.R. Martin
‘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
‘Cornwell’s skill [is] in ageing his warrior-hero, who now creaks as he fights and is haunted by those he has loved and lost’ THE TIMES
‘The master still adding to his wonderful Saxon Chronicles’ SUNDAY TIMES MAGAZINE
‘Legendary … excellent storytelling, as ever’ SUNDAY SPORT
'A violent, absorbing historical saga, deeply researched and thoroughly imagined' WASHINGTON POST
About the Author
Bernard Cornwell was born in London, raised in Essex and worked for the BBC for eleven years before meeting Judy, his American wife. Denied an American work permit he wrote a novel instead and has been writing ever since. He and Judy divide their time between Cape Cod and Charleston, South Carolina.
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I am a lifetime admirer of his writings ever since the original Sharpes series many years ago.
If you have only just picked this book and not read the series I strongly suggest you do. An eloquent author and one I simply admire.
Having followed these books from the start it has taught me a great deal of how my home country came to be something that is never taught in an English class room.This series could could have gone on and I for one would have gone on with it that's how good I thought it was, but as they say all good things must come to an end and I applaud Bernard Cornwell for the series and how he wanted to finish it.
I look forward to his next work hopeful that it can be as good as this bravo sir.
I have no hesitation in recommending this book to anyone who enjoys a ripping yarn based on history.
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Which in some ways extraordinary since without these characters and that battle, there would of been no England for William and Harald to fight over. This then is culmination of the story of Uthred, a warrior whose arc joins these historical characters together and bring to life the extraordinary events that fought off a viking invasion and in doing so joined the Saxon kingdoms into one called England.
As usual, Bernard Cornwell does a fantastic job of bringing an era, which has little in the way of literary evidence to life. In doing so he provides a great insight into not only an important part of a forgotten history, but into a way of life. He himself will admit that in places historical accuracy has to take a back seat to the story, but generally reading these books you will get not only a fantastic adventure story, but a history education. If only mainstream history books were as entertaining.
The story itself is set with Uthred as lord of Bebbenburg (Modern day Bamburgh) , caught between 3 great powers. King Athelstan, who is slowly strengthening his grip his grip on England, Constantine of Scotland who ambitions were South and the desire to curb Athelstan's power, and the Olaf Guthfrithson, a nordic warlord from Ireland. The story revolves about his desire to maintain his kingdom, and in doing so leads us to the events that led to one of England's defining battles, Brunanburgh. In truth, it was clear some books back that this would be the final destination, but how the story would end up at this point has been fascinating. As the books says “Wyrd bið ful āræd". Fate is inexorable.”
We also get reintroduced to some of the characters from the previous book. Steapa, Alfred's ferocious champion, King Hywell of Wales and Uthred's estranged elder son, who joined the priesthood, rather than become a warrior.
We also get to travel to the Northern isles and visit the Norse outposts of Orkneys
As usual the battle itself is wonderfully described defining the terror and viciousness of fighting at this time, with men lined ins shield wall in which close quarter battle is held.
Being the last book of the series, this not maybe the one to start with, relying a lot on knowledge of what has gone before, but I can not recommend the books highly enough. If nothing else, it has given me a greater understanding of Saxon History and how we came to be.
That's it. That's all you need to know. It's as good as anything else in the series and Cornwell sticks the landing. Now go read it.
And if you haven't read the preceding dozen books, but think it might be your sort of thing, go and start at the beginning. You'll thank me for it.
I pre-ordered this book in early September after being sent an email from Amazon informing me of its forthcoming publication. The selling point for me was the following text (which is still included in the item description):
*THE ‘LAST KINGDOM’ COLLECTOR’S EDITION*
Featuring a gold foil designed case – limited to the first print run.
The book I received today, the day of release (with the number 1 in the indicia, indicating first printing) is simply the standard edition. I doubt any Amazon employee will read this, but all I can say to anyone expecting to receive the edition advertised is: you'll be lucky.
I can't return the book because you need to print the label. Lacking a device capable of receiving this I see no option but to keep it, and my only apparent means of informing Amazon of the issue - at least notionally - is to post his review of a book I haven't read. They don't make things easy, do they?
I have loved this series. Thank you for many hours of pleasure in their reading. Thank you for the knowledge of Anglo Saxon Britain. Thank you for the recommendation of Michael Livingstone's book on this battle ( a great and informative read). Thank you for a great tv series.
I will miss Uhtred and his band of warriors but look forward to further tales and perhaps a new hero with a saga to be told.
I am so happy that I did not read of Uhtred or Finnan’s death in this last instalment. I guess it would have been easy to kill them off at the end but they both deserved better than that.
Thank you for your story telling Bernard I have enjoyed the ride.