The Last Kingdom



[BOOKS] ⚣ The Last Kingdom Author Bernard Cornwell – E17streets4all.co.uk This is the story of the making of England in the th and th centuries, the years in which King Alfred the Great, his son and grandson defeated the Danish Vikings who had invaded and occupied three of This is the story of the making of England in the th and th centuries, the years in which King Alfred the Great, his son and grandson defeated the Danish Vikings who had invaded and occupied three of England s four kingdomsThe story is seen through the eyes of Uhtred, a dispossessed nobleman, who is captured as a child by the Danes and then raised The Last MOBI :ò by them so that, by the time the Northmen begin their assault on Wessex Alfred s kingdom and the last territory in English hands Uhtred almost thinks of himself as a Dane He certainly has no love for Alfred, whom he considers a pious weakling and no match for Viking savagery, yet when Alfred unexpectedly defeats the Danes and the Danes themselves turn on Uhtred, he is finally forced to choose sides By now he is a young man, in love, trained to fight and ready to take his place in the dreaded shield wall Above all, though, he wishes to recover his father s land, the enchanting fort of Bebbanburg by the wild northern seaThis thrilling adventure based on existing records of Bernard Cornwell s ancestors depicts a time when law and order were ripped violently apart by a pagan assault on Christian England, an assault that came very close to destroying England.The Last Kingdom

Cornwell was born in London in His father was a Canadian airman, and his mother, who was English, a member of the Women s Auxiliary Air Force He was adopted and brought up in Essex by the Wiggins family, who were members of the Peculiar People, a strict Protestant sect who banned frivolity of all kinds and even medicine After he left them, he The Last MOBI :ò changed his name to his birth mother s maiden name, CornwellCornwell was sent away to Monkton Combe School, attended the University of London, and after graduating, worked as a teacher He attempted to enlist in the British armed services at least three times but was rejected on the grounds of myopiaHe then joined BBC s Nationwide and was promoted to become head of current affairs at BBC Northern Ireland He then joined Thames Television as editor of Thames News He relocated to the United States in after marrying an American Unable to get a green card, he started writing novels, as this did not require a work permitAs a child, Cornwell loved the novels of CS Forester, chronicling the adventures of fictional British naval officer Horatio Hornblower during the Napoleonic Wars, and was surprised to find there were no such novels following Lord Wellington s campaign on land Motivated by the need to support himself in the US through writing, Cornwell decided to write such a series He named his chief protagonist Richard Sharpe, a rifleman involved in most major battles of the Peninsular WarCornwell wanted to start the series with the Siege of Badajoz but decided instead to start with a couple of warm up novels These were Sharpe s Eagle and Sharpe s Gold, both published in Sharpe s Eagle was picked up by a publisher, and Cornwell got a three book deal He went on to tell the story of Badajoz in his third Sharpe novel, Sharpe s Company, published in Cornwell and wife Judy co wrote a series of novels, published under the pseudonym Susannah Kells These were A Crowning Mercy, published in , Fallen Angels in , and Coat of Arms aka The Aristocrats in Cornwell s strict Protestant upbringing informed the background of A Crowning Mercy, which took place during the English Civil War In , he also published Redcoat, an American Revolutionary War novel set in Philadelphia during its occupation by the BritishAfter publishing eight books in his ongoing Sharpe series, Cornwell was approached by a production company interested in adapting them for television The producers asked him to write a prequel to give them a starting point to the series They also requested that the story feature a large role for Spanish characters to secure co funding from Spain The result was Sharpe s Rifles, published in , and a series of Sharpe television films staring Sean BeanA series of contemporary thrillers with sailing as a background and common themes followed Wildtrack published in , Sea Lord aka Killer s Wake in , Crackdown in , Stormchild in , and Scoundrel, a political thriller, in In June , Cornwell was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen s th Birthday Honours ListCornwell s latest work, Azincourt, was released in the UK in October The protagonist is an archer who participates in the Battle of Agincourt, another devastating defeat suffered by the French in the Hundred Years War However, Cornwell has stated that it will not be about Thomas of Hookton from The Grail Quest or any of his relatives.

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  • Paperback
  • 351 pages
  • The Last Kingdom
  • Bernard Cornwell
  • English
  • 12 September 2019
  • 0060887184

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  1. says:

    1.99 on Kindle today 6 10 17BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading ListEVERYONE SHOULD COME RIGHT ALONG AND READ THIS BOOK SERIES ME THINKS THERE S GOING TO BE SPOILERS I am Uhtred, son of Uhtred, and this is the tale of a blood feud It is a tale of how I will take from my enemy what the law says is mine And it is the tale of a woman and her father, a king He was my king and all that I have I owe to him The food that I eat, the hall where I live, and the swords of my men, all come from Alfred, 1.99 on Kindle today 6 10 17BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading ListEVERYONE SHOULD COME RIGHT ALONG AND READ THIS BOOK SERIES ME THINKS THERE S GOING TO BE SPOILERS I am Uhtred, son of Uhtred, and this is the tale of a blood feud It is a tale of how I will take from my enemy what the law says is mine And it is the tale of a woman and her father, a king He was my king and all that I have I owe to him The food that I eat, the hall where I live, and the swords of my men, all come from Alfred, my king, who hated me This story begins long before I met Alfred It begins when I was ten years old and first saw the Danes I thought this book was magnificent I heard about if from some friends on GR awhile back and have the series listed in my notebook to read, but it was put by the wayside like so many other books Then one night I got to see an episode of The Last Kingdom on BBC with my best friend while we were on the phone and he said the books are better I m like, What Books and he proceeded to tell me about the books I already heard about and have listed in my handy notebook I promptly put the first book on myChristmas Wish List and my friend promptly bought it, and here we are, a book that I have missed out on for so long I loved it I loved it I loved it I have the second book on the way and hope to get the rest SOON I find some books very hard to read or understand and get lost in translation I was afraid that would happen with this book, but that is not the case No, I can t remember all of the names or how to spell them, but I do that in any book what I mean is I wasn t lost I understand all the author was trying to convey I think this author is brilliant in the way he writes a story I loved learning some of the history, even though some of the characters are fictional, it s still a wonderfully told story This only makes me want to readinto the history that is factual in the book. anyhoo. moving on When Uhtred was ten years old, the Danes came and attacked England Uhtred and his family had a fortress in Begganburg The Danes took some places around Uhtred s home Then some peeps and Uhtred s father all got together to duke it out with the Danes at a place called Eoferwic and things didn t go so good for the Saxons Uhtred lost his father that day and was taken by the Danes, Uhtred was made a son of Ragnar the Fearless for his heroic effort in trying to attack Ragnar You have to love that, NOW YOUR MY SON AND GET THE HELL OFF MY HORSE Uhtred grew to love Ragnar because he was kind to him, taught him things, was proud of him when he did great things He was so unlike Uhtred s real father who seemed to be a cranky, non caring father I liked Ragnar I liked him so muchthan I had liked my father I should, by rights, be dead, yet Ragnar had saved me and Ragnar spoiled me and he treated me like a son, and he called me a Dane Uhtred grew up learning how to fight and he was so smart, this boy was so very smart and he was even smarter as he grew He seemed to know what to do and say from a small child There is a female character in the book I loved, her name is Brida She wasn t a Dane either, but she lived with them and grew up with Uhtred They were best friends, warriors, lovers She is fierce in the book and I like her I have to mention that Uhtred gets his own sword made and names her Serpent Breath He says in the book that he still has her and this is him telling this as an older man Uhtred also helped make his own saxe which he called Wasp Sting because she was short What can I say, I thought that was cool The author writes such beautiful pieces in the book, not just blood and guts and this and that, here is an excerpt of some of the way he describes things Ships on the winter Temes Ships sliding past brittle reeds and leafless willows and bare alders Wet oar blades shining in the pale sunlight I don t know, maybe it s just me, but I loved how he wrote things like that, the words seemed to flow like the water There were a lot of things happen in just this first book Some really sad things, some good things I can only image what happens in the other books At one point Uhtred fights for Alfred, he gets married, has a son And carries on trying to get back to his home and take over his rightful place Meanwhile, he takes a bath. sorry. I couldn t help myself I will say it again, I loved this book It kept my interest from the very beginning and I did not find one point that was boring, it did not drag at any point Kudos to Bernard Cornwell for making such a wonderful series On that note, I will leave you with a large excerpt and parting scenes Mildreth was well She was safe She had not been raped She wept when she saw me, and I took her in my arms and wondered that I was so fond of her, and she said she had thought I was dead and told me she had prayed to her god to spare me, and she took me to the room where our son was in his swaddling clothes and, for the first time, I looked at Uhtred, son of Uhtred, and I prayed that one day he would be the lawful and sole owner of lands that are carefully marked by stones and by dykes, by oaks and by ash, by marsh and by sea I am still the owner of those lands that were purchased with our family s blood, and I will take those lands back from the man who stole them from me and I will give them to my sons For I am Uhtred, Earl Uhtred, Uhtred of Bebbanburg, and destiny is everything

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    A Review That Has Very Little to Do with This Book Sometimes you need a lot of book You know what I mean Those Fridays you come home, lie down on the couch, and resolve not to come back until Sunday afternoon You have vetoed faces and the spoken word The phone will remain unplugged except for the ordering of something greasy.On these Fridays you have two options dissolve into a self pitying, gelatinous blob or turn to a lot of book You are not without survival skills You put stock in the A Review That Has Very Little to Do with This Book Sometimes you need a lot of book You know what I mean Those Fridays you come home, lie down on the couch, and resolve not to come back until Sunday afternoon You have vetoed faces and the spoken word The phone will remain unplugged except for the ordering of something greasy.On these Fridays you have two options dissolve into a self pitying, gelatinous blob or turn to a lot of book You are not without survival skills You put stock in the usefulness of books They ve gotten you through weekends when you waited for the phone to ring, times when your flight s been cancelled, road trips with the family So, you know to turn to a lot of book.What you don t need is Joyce stinking up the joint What you need on this weekend is something with a clean plot, a protagonist that will win, and somewhere to go far, far from here You need good historical fiction Miniver might push Ivanhoe, but let s face it, such nobility will exhaust you This weekend may I suggest the sword s song, and the whale s way, and the red dawn What you need is a series something that weighs in at 2,000 plus pages so there s no danger of running out Go ahead Follow the nose of the masses This series is a bestseller you can count on its opiate properties It ll get you through til dawn And Bloody Sunday

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    My name is Uhtred I am the son of Uhtred, who was the son of Uhtred and his father was also called Uhtred My father s clerk, a priest called Beocca, spelt it Utred I do not know if that was how my father would have written it, for he could neither read nor write, but I can do both and sometimes I take the old parchments from their wooden chest and I see the name spelled Uhtred or Utred or Ughtred or Ootred, and I look at the deeds which say that Uhtred, son of Uhtred, is the lawful and sole My name is Uhtred I am the son of Uhtred, who was the son of Uhtred and his father was also called Uhtred My father s clerk, a priest called Beocca, spelt it Utred I do not know if that was how my father would have written it, for he could neither read nor write, but I can do both and sometimes I take the old parchments from their wooden chest and I see the name spelled Uhtred or Utred or Ughtred or Ootred, and I look at the deeds which say that Uhtred, son of Uhtred, is the lawful and sole owner of the lands that are carefully marked by stones and by dykes, by oaks and by ash, by marsh and by sea, and I dream of those lands, wave beaten and wild beneath the wind driven sky I dream, and know that one day I will take back the land from those who stole it from me I felt like I needed to write a proper review for this book, if for no other reason than to tell every single soul that could possibly read the words I m writing that this is the absodamnlutely best series ever written within the genre of historical fiction If you re looking to start reading historical fiction and have little experience with the genre, read this If you re a longtime fan of medieval history and vikings and anything even slightly similar, read this If you re intending to only ever read one historical fiction series, pick this one Northumbria 866 AD Osbert, second in line to the castle of Bebbanburg, is ten years old For the first time since the infamous sack of Lindisfarne and the start of the Viking era, the barbarian Danes return to England to pillage and plunder to the full satisfaction of their greed Osbert s elder brother is among the first to fall to the swords of the wicked pagans And because of tradition set in stone among the great lords of Bebbanburg, Osbert must now give up his name for that of his dead brother From this day, he is known as Uhtred Uhtredsson Uhtred of BebbanburgThere s war between the gods, Uhtred, war between the Christian god and our gods, and when there is war in Asgard the gods make us fight for them on earth The Northumbrian army marches to take back the captured city of Eoferwic, resulting in a catastrophic defeat The lord of Bebbanburg is slain in combat, and young Uhtred is captured by the Danes He lives with the dangerous raiders from the north for years, and grows into adolescence under the watchful eye of Ragnar the Fearless Thus begins a tale of the Saxon who becomes a Viking Of the pagan who becomes a champion of Christendom Of a man whose loyalties are forever torn Of a man whose name is whispered in the ears of kings, is feared by warriors from all sides of the great war, and terrifies pious priests into making the sign of the Cross Thus begins the tale of UhtredPride makes a man, it drives him, it is the shield wall around his reputation Men die, they said, but reputation does not die Let s settle one thing here Uhtred of Bebbanburg is the best protagonist I ve ever encountered in fictional literature All the amazing protagonists in the genres of fantasy and science fiction can go hide in a corner when this guy is around His fierceness in both battle, love and faith has no match anywhere else, and his twin allegiances and friends on both sides of the main conflict turn him into a remarkably interesting person who is constantly doubting his own loyalty and identity.That praise should say a whole lot about Cornwell s skills at characterisation, especially considering that Uhtred is not even my favourite character in this series But there are tons of great characters hidden in every chapter of the book From ruthless and bloodthirsty Norse warriors, to Saxon leaders with their ambitions exceeded only by their piety From pagan witches to scheming priests And from the lowliest of slaves on the Viking ships, to kings and princesses fighting for power All of those are to be found on the pages of The Saxon Stories, alongside so many .But this series is also so muchthan the tale of Uhtred It is the story of cultures and faiths clashing violently Of the mythology and origins of one of the most powerful nations in history Of how England, a name not yet widely known, was united under one great kingdom.Cornwell s eloquent writing style, the dramatic first person narrative, the magnificent early medieval setting, the most interesting and conflicted main character I have ever read about and historical realism gracefully and skillfully combined with masterly storytelling all of it adds up to a truly fascinating story of war, love and death in Anglo Saxon England.I m going to say it onetime this is my favourite series Do yourself a favour and read itWyrd bith ful araed Fate is inexorable

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    The Last Kingdom, by Bernard Cornwell, is a triumph of a novel it is historical fiction at its finest Uhtred s story is as fantastic as it is gripping, and most importantly it feels realistic It s like I ve read a chapter of a man s life that could have existed, that could have been a part of history His character is just that well written.The book begins with an aged Uhtred narrating his life to the reader He is full of a life s wisdom and a warrior s experience as he tells the adventures The Last Kingdom, by Bernard Cornwell, is a triumph of a novel it is historical fiction at its finest Uhtred s story is as fantastic as it is gripping, and most importantly it feels realistic It s like I ve read a chapter of a man s life that could have existed, that could have been a part of history His character is just that well written.The book begins with an aged Uhtred narrating his life to the reader He is full of a life s wisdom and a warrior s experience as he tells the adventures of his youth He looks back at the decisions he made with equal measures of regret and joy at his foolhardiness This is where the author triumphs most he tells the reader where his protagonist is going to end up, at the end of his life, and urges them discover how he got there But I am Uhted, son of Uhtred, and this is the tale of a bloodfeud It is a tale of how I will take from my enemy what the law says is mine And it is the tale of a woman and of her father, a king. Uhtred is the second son of Earl Uhtred Consequently, as second in line, his farther wanted him to be a priest, which is a life Uhtred would never choose for himself After the death of his brother, his farther names him is heir and expects him to witness battle, which the invading Danish fleet provide His farther is killed in the battle and Uhtred captured by a Danish warrior called Ragnar It sounds all doom and gloom, except Ragnar is what Uhtred wanted his father to be He is a fearless warrior without religious restraints Further, andimportantly, he shows Uhtred warmth Something his farther withheld It is no surprise that his would be captor becomes something of a role model to the growing warrior that is UhtredAnd that is how I met Ragar, Ragnar the Fearless, my brother s killer and the man whose head was supposed to grace a pole on Bebbanburg s ramparts, Earl RagnarThis leaves our protagonist in an odd situation He is an Englishman, but is living as a Dane So where do his loyalties lie These questions do not occur to Uhtred till he is a man grown and spent his youth as a Danish warrior He worships Thor and Odin and marvels at the Danish pride that is their magnificent ships The inner conflict that builds is tremendous We know where his path will eventually take him, and what side of the bloody shield wall he will belong on, but are clueless to how he will actually get there Suffice to say, I liked this book a lot Uhtred is a terrific protagonist This series, however, is not just Uhtred s tale It is the tale of how Alfred the Great conquered the Danish invaders and how Christianity further purged pagan beliefs it is the tale of how Uhtred, a very believable fictional warrior, helped Alfred eventually be considered great At least, that is the ending we know will happen and the ending we can t wait to see happen The Saxon Stories 1 The Last KingdomA fine five stars2 The Pale HorsmanA brilliant five stars3 Lords of the North A vengeful four stars4 Sword Song A familiar four stars5 The Burning LandA loyal five stars6Death of Kings A mighty five stars He was my king and all that I have I owe to him The food that I eat, the hall where I live and the swords of my men, all came from, my king, who hated me I do love this series What are your thoughts on the new television adaption

  5. says:

    An outstanding novel set in England during medieval times in the year 866 AD The author introduces real historical figures Guthrum the Unlucky, Ubba the Horrible, and Ivar the Boneless, all fearless Dane warriors intent on taking over the English kingdoms They arrive in their magnificent ships outfitted with rich colorful shields, finely carved prows, sterns with ominous dragons and serpents, and mastheads painted with bold eagles A frightening sight for many townspeople who flee their home An outstanding novel set in England during medieval times in the year 866 AD The author introduces real historical figures Guthrum the Unlucky, Ubba the Horrible, and Ivar the Boneless, all fearless Dane warriors intent on taking over the English kingdoms They arrive in their magnificent ships outfitted with rich colorful shields, finely carved prows, sterns with ominous dragons and serpents, and mastheads painted with bold eagles A frightening sight for many townspeople who flee their homes trying to avoid the slaughter they knew would come The story centers on an English lad, Uhtred of Bebbanburg, a fervent believer in the spinners of fate As he follows the destiny he feels he cannot avoid, Uhtred is eventually caught between his loyalty to his country and unexpected love for the Danes An incredible read

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    The story begins in England in the 9th century with young Uhtred of Bebbanburg He s born a Christian Saxon, but from a young age is raised by pagan Danes This dispossessed Ealdorman grows into a fierce warrior and eventually is torn between two identities His main goal is to regain his father s homeland, but there are many steps to be taken on his journey The law says I own that land, and the law, we are told, is what makes us men under God instead of beasts in the ditch But the law does not The story begins in England in the 9th century with young Uhtred of Bebbanburg He s born a Christian Saxon, but from a young age is raised by pagan Danes This dispossessed Ealdorman grows into a fierce warrior and eventually is torn between two identities His main goal is to regain his father s homeland, but there are many steps to be taken on his journey The law says I own that land, and the law, we are told, is what makes us men under God instead of beasts in the ditch But the law does not help me take back my land The law wants compromise The law thinks money will compensate for loss The law, above all, fears the blood feud But I am Uhtred, son of Uhtred, and this is the tale of a blood feud It is a tale of how I will take from my enemy what the law says is mine And it is the tale of a woman and of her father, a king.Reluctantly, I agreed to start watching the Netflix series with my husband before getting to the books, but then stopped after season one to catch up It s wonderful that, for the most part, the series is following the book so far with only minimal changes as far as events and characters There were a few changes that I actually likedabout the series, and then a few things that I liked better about the book.The writing, story, characters I pretty much loved everything about this book It s fantastic, thrilling, and full of action and adventure Historical fiction isn t one of my most favorite genres, but this book was awesome and changed everything The history during this period of time and location is something I haven t learned that much about, and now I m inspired to learnabout King Alfred and others in the story To be honest, I love a good revenge story, and I m pretty sure there s going to be plenty of it in this series Seeing Uhtred get his revenge is something to look forward to He s a favorite character that you simply can t get enough of, and it s perfect that he narrates this entire book There were other likable characters too, and of course some you just can t help but hate.Something really stuck in my mind when reading though how much of this was actually trueThe author included a much appreciated historical note at the end which answered the majority of my questions It was interesting learning in the end which characters and events were real Moving forward now to The Pale Horseman after a short break.5 You can also see this review and others www.readrantrockandroll.com

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    I had no idea what I was getting into when I read this book I d never read Bernard Cornwell All I knew was that it was a book about Vikings Anyway, I absolutely loved it And I became a permanent Bernard Cornwell fan I think Uhtred is one of my favorite characters of all time Yes he s mean, arrogant, and a bit of an antihero, but he s a full blooded character, and I felt like I really got to know him This book goes through Uhtred s childhood as a Saxon raised by the Danes, and after readin I had no idea what I was getting into when I read this book I d never read Bernard Cornwell All I knew was that it was a book about Vikings Anyway, I absolutely loved it And I became a permanent Bernard Cornwell fan I think Uhtred is one of my favorite characters of all time Yes he s mean, arrogant, and a bit of an antihero, but he s a full blooded character, and I felt like I really got to know him This book goes through Uhtred s childhood as a Saxon raised by the Danes, and after reading his childhood, I can understand his blood thirsty nature and his conflicted loyalties I m always a bit amused by Uhtred s grumpy disposition Cornwell has a way of bringing the Dark Ages alive with gritty realism, and he makes the reader feel like they are right on the battlefield, right there with Uhtred In fact, I ve actually become quite spoiled by Cornwell, because most historical fiction doesn t draw me in this well This truly is one of my favorite series of all time

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    In The Last Kingdom, we follow Uhtred son of Uhtred who is the Ealdorman of Beddanburg by birthright In the first person perspective, Uhtred tells us his tale and throughout The Last Kingdom, he presents his formative years from a youth, through his teenage years to the time that he becomes a man During the prologue, Danes attack the outskirts of Beddanburg Uhtred s brother is murdered by a Dane called Ragnar the Fearless The Saxons retaliate in a pitched battle, during which 9 year old Uht In The Last Kingdom, we follow Uhtred son of Uhtred who is the Ealdorman of Beddanburg by birthright In the first person perspective, Uhtred tells us his tale and throughout The Last Kingdom, he presents his formative years from a youth, through his teenage years to the time that he becomes a man During the prologue, Danes attack the outskirts of Beddanburg Uhtred s brother is murdered by a Dane called Ragnar the Fearless The Saxons retaliate in a pitched battle, during which 9 year old Uhtred sees his brother s killer and tries to get revenge I recognised him as the man who had killed my brother and, like the fool I was, I screamed at him Seeing the courage and fearlessness that Uhtred already holds at such a young age, Ragnar doesn t kill him but takes Uhtred with him at the end of the battle Throughout the next years, Ragnar becomes fond of Uhtred and sees him as an adopted son Uhtred, likewise, loves Ragnar like a father During this period, Uhtred lives like a Dane He lives alongside Ragnar s family including his sons, his adopted daughter Brida, his real daughter Thyra, and Rangar s blind and wise father Ravn Throughout this time Uhtred learns the warrior ways, learns how to speak Danish, and finds out about the ways of Woden, Thor, and the pagan gods He takes part in numerous battles and skirmishes against the Saxons and meets the army s heavy hitters such as Ubba, Ivar, and Guthrum.There are so many excellent and memorable characters Cornwell s penmanship expertly brings them to life I finished The Last Kingdom yesterday and last night I had a dream about Uhtred and Young Ragnar It is not often that an author s characters invade my subconscious in such a way Uhtred is a great character Not quite Danish and not quite a Saxon Confused regarding his religious beliefs as he just wants to fight and to get Beddanburg back from his treacherous uncle Characters like Ubba, Leofric, Ragnar, and Young Ragnar jump of the page and their dialogue exchanges with Uhtred are well composed and extremely memorable Destiny is all, Ravn liked to tell me, destiny is everything He would even say it in English, Wyrd bi ful r d When I started reading The Last Kingdom I hadn t watched the BBC series yet I initially decided that I would read ahead so that the show didn t spoil events for me I purchased the novel and also the audiobook which features the excellent Jonathan Keeble as Uhtred This plan didn t quite work out After I had read the first few chapters I decided to watch the first episode The finale of this episode reveals a huge moment of death and deceit that doesn t take place in the novel until around 60% I ve only got my self to blame for spoiling it for myself but thought I would highlight this in my review so that potential readers don t make the same mistake This moment was still extremely powerful and important to the novel s narrative but I think I d stolen away the unpredictable nature of the incident The book focused a loton young Uhtred than the show The scenes of Uhtred s youth are extremely important to who he becomes and I think the show missed out on some amazing moments that are featured here The preachers tell us that pride is a great sin, but the preachers are wrong Pride makes a man, it drives him, it is the shield wall around his reputation Men die, they said, but reputation does not die The Last Kingdom was an extremely enjoyable historical fiction read that features excellent drama, well realised characters, and is chock full of memorable battles and duels The pacing is great too and at theheated moments, I almost felt like I was part of the battle bellowing shield wall with the sweat, blood, gore and death dripping from the pages I am so glad that I started Uhtred s story With there being 13 books in The Last Kingdom The Warrior Chronicles The Saxon Stories series I am aiming to read one a month for the foreseeable future I d like to thank Edward Gwynne for recommending this series to me

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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This is a first person narration of a child who grows up as a Briton Saxon but is captured by Vikings, who areaccurately called Danes He comes to love his Danish father and begins to appreciate their customs and battle lore, as well as becoming battle trained himself At the same time, though, his roots are with Briton, and, in the end, he joins with the future Alfred the Great, showing him how to defeat the enemy.STRENGTHS 1 Vivid details of shield walls Think gritty and blood This is a first person narration of a child who grows up as a Briton Saxon but is captured by Vikings, who areaccurately called Danes He comes to love his Danish father and begins to appreciate their customs and battle lore, as well as becoming battle trained himself At the same time, though, his roots are with Briton, and, in the end, he joins with the future Alfred the Great, showing him how to defeat the enemy.STRENGTHS 1 Vivid details of shield walls Think gritty and bloody 2 We get to meet Alfred the Great and his priestly advisors and witness the extreme religious views of his people 3 Danish customs and fighting techniques 4 Interesting interaction of the Danish tribal groups 5 First person narration has a good flow, making it a quick read 6 A relative good scope on the inter kingdom struggles between the Kingdoms of Briton and their inability to work together.WEAKNESSES 1 First person if you don t like it and 2 A bit too gritty for the faint of heart.ENJOY Some favorite excerpts below and then the grade breakdownPride makes a man, it drives him, it is the shield wall around his reputation Men die, they said, but reputation does not die That produced silence, except for the mutter of the interpreter talking to Ivar Then Ubba awoke, looked startled for a few heartbeats as if he was not sure where he was, then he stared at me and I felt my flesh shrivel for I had never seen a face so malevolent He had dark eyes and they were full of hate and I wanted the earth to swallow me.He stared balefully across the encampment where men were drinking Do you know who wins battles, boy We do, Father The side that is least drunk, he said, and then, after a pause, but it helps to be drunk Why Because a shield wall is an awful place You can hear a shield wall being made The best shields are made of lime, or else of willow, and the wood knocks together as men overlap the shields Left side of the shield in front of your neighbor s right side, that way the enemy, most of whom are right handed, must try to thrust through two layers of wood I lunged Wasp Sting forward, and the Dane ran onto her point I felt the impact run up my arm as her tip punctured his belly muscles, and I was already twisting her, ripping her up and free, sawing through leather, skin, muscle, and guts, and his blood was warm on my cold hand, and he screamed, ale breath in my face, and I punched him down with the shield s heavy boss, stamped on his groin, killed him with Wasp Sting s tip in his throat Beware the man who loves battle Ravn had told me that only one man in three or perhaps one man in four is a real warrior and the rest are reluctant fighters, but I was to learn that only one man in twenty is a lover of battle Such men were the most dangerous, the most skillful, the ones who reaped the souls, and the ones to fear I was such a one STORY PLOTTING B plus to A minus CHARACTERS DIALOGUE A minus to A BATTLE SCENES A minus EVOKING THE ERA A minus OVERALL GRADE A minus WHEN READ 2010 read thrice revised review February 2013

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    Actual Rating 4.5 StarsTHIS WAS THE MOST FUN VERY BLOODY LOTS OF BATTLE WOULD RECOMMEND.

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