The Last Kindom - Bernard Cornwell

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The Last Kindom - Bernard Cornwell

Does the fact that the <I>The Last Kingdom</I> inaugurates yet another series from Bernard Cornwell fill you with anticipation--or trepida...

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ProExcellent blend of fact and fiction; characters; h...

ConsNeed to take your time

When constructing a historical novel, or a series of them, it must really help to have facts to base it around. This is what Bernard Cornwell does so well in his novels, and it continues here with The Saxon Stories. The backdrop for his character based saga is the Danish invasion of England in...

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ProGreat new series of compelling historical fiction

ConsYou will want to read the other two books straight...

The Last Kingdom is the first book in a new trilogy by Bernard Cornwell about Saxon and Norse Britain at the time of Alfred the Great (9th Century). The other two books in the series are Pale Horseman (see my earlier review) and Lords of the North (just released, so watch this space for review)...

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Does the fact that the &lt;I&gt;The Last Kingdom&lt;/I&gt; inaugurates yet another series from Bernard Cornwell fill you with anticipation--or trepidation? His immensely popular Sharpe novels are, of course, the bedrock of the author's popularity. But when readers learned that he was to abandon the redoubtable Sharpe for a Grail Quest series, there were those who invoked the `if isn't broke, why fix it?' rule. However, when Cornwell proved himself equally adept at conjuring a world of knights and savage combat, his Grail Quest series (the first book of which was &lt;I&gt;Harlequin&lt;/I&gt;) soon established itself as another Cornwell winner.&lt;p&gt; And here's yet another series from the protean writer. Do we really need it? Yes, we do--it's a safe bet that &lt;I&gt;The Last Kingdom&lt;/I&gt; will prove that the author is seemingly capable of beginning an endless run of new novel sequences. As well as the impeccably plotted narrative, Cornwell has other fish to fry here: nothing less than a totally fresh look at a historical figure we think we know: Alfred the Great. Cornwell's protagonist is Uhtred, caught in the conflict between the Danes and the English in the ninth century. He is born into the English aristocracy, but loses his parents at the age of ten and is raised in Viking fashion by a Dane. When massacres reign down on both sides, Uhtred is torn between his loyalties--and when his family disappears, a reckoning with a Viking chieftain is in the offing.&lt;p&gt; Behind all this is the King, Alfred: complex, conflicted, and by no means the figure that the conventional history books render him. All of the customary Cornwell virtues are fully on display here.--&lt;I&gt;Barry Forshaw&lt;/I&gt;

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Author: Bernard Cornwell

Title: The Last Kindom, The Last Kingdom

Genre: Alternate History, Historical Fiction

Type: Fiction

ISBN: 0007149913, 0007149905; 0007149913; 0007182821; 0060530510

EAN: 9780007149919

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

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