The Last Kingdom
Books | Fiction / War & Military
The first installment of Bernard Cornwell’s New York Times bestselling series chronicling the epic saga of the making of England, “like Game of Thrones, but real” (The Observer, London)—the basis for The Last Kingdom, the hit Netflix series.This is the exciting—yet little known—story of the making of England in the 9th and 10th 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 kingdoms.The story is seen through the eyes of Uhtred, a dispossessed nobleman, who is captured as a child by the Danes and then raised 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 sea.This 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.
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"I've never had so much fun reading a book before. This is the first part on a series so the book is very plot heavy, but I still found myself loving and getting very attached to the characters. Mind you, this is the first book but so much happens already but is very easy to read and follow through. I cannot not recommend this enough."
"This is a meticulously researched historical novel. It takes place during the reign of Saxon king Alfred the Great and tells the story of Uhtred, a fictional warrior torn between his Christian past & Viking upbringing. Other characters in the series are real historical figures. The battle descriptions are accurate and the characters well-developed."
"Was pleasantly surprised by this. I usually enjoy Viking stories more in a visual medium (will definitely be watching Netflix's adaptation of this!) rather than in books. There's just too much fighting that is easier to follow visually. There was a lot of battle scenes here, but the story itself was just as gripping."