Sword of Kings

Sword of KingsHis Blood Is SaxonHis Heart Is VikingHis Battleground Is EnglandIt Is A Time Of Political Turmoil Once As The Fading King Edward Begins To Lose Control Over His Successors And Their Supporters There Are Two Potential Heirs Possibly And Doubt Over Whether The Once Separate States Of Wessex And Mercia Will Hold Together Despite Attempts At Pulling Him Into The Political Fray, Uhtred Of Bebbanburg Cares Solely About His Beloved Northumbria And Its Continuing Independence From Southern ControlBut An Oath Is A Strong, Almost Sacred Commitment And Such A Promise Had Been Exchanged Between Uhtred And Aethelstan, His Onetime Companion In Arms And Now A Potential King Uhtred Was Tempted To Ignore The Demands Of The Oath And Stay In His Northern Fastness, Leaving The Quarrelling Anglo Saxons To Sort Out Their Own Issues But An Attack On Him By A Leading Supporter Of One Of The Candidates And An Unexpected Appeal For Help From Another, Drives Uhtred With A Small Band Of Warriors South, Into The Battle For Kingship And England S Fate

Cornwell was born in London in 1944 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 changed his name to his birth mother s maiden n

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  • Kindle Edition
  • 336 pages
  • Sword of Kings
  • Bernard Cornwell
  • English
  • 25 September 2018

10 thoughts on “Sword of Kings

  1. says:

    Not many authors are able to write 12 books series and still keep it engaging and thrilling read Bernard Cornwell can The Saxon Stories is the best historical fiction series I have ever read and my fascination with main character Uhtred grows with every instalment If you are new to this series, do yourself a favor and give it a chance as soon as possible You may read my spoiler free review of previous books here If you are familiar with our pagan warlord extraordinaire, do not hesitate to pick this instalment as soon as it is released As always, book is accompanied by a historical note in which author states what had really happened in the past and what is his work of fiction These historical notes are a cherry on the top that I always look forward to, so make sure to read them as well ARC provided by publisher as an exchange for honest review

  2. says:

    October 3Uhtred is back baby Oaths to honour, damsels in distress and a bloody, stinky, shield wall I m fairly certain I could read another 10 of these, keep em coming Mr Cornwell.

  3. says:

    I m a little depressed after finishing this I just realized I have to wait at least another year for a new Uhtred book Also I think the tone of these books is getting darker.In Sword of Kings, Uhtred is called upon for help from Edward s queen, Eadigfu She believes Aethelhem and her step son Aelfweard are plotting against her and her children She sends for Uhtred, seeking his protection against their mutual enemies And Uhtred, feeling restless, and also suspicious of a plot against him, against his better judgement and the advice of friends, comes to rescue her At which point, of course, things go terribly, horribly wrong.Edward dies, leaving Mercia and East Anglia to Aethelstan, his true heir, and Wessex to Aelfweard, the recognized heir There s also the matter of the oath Uhtred has sworn to kill Aethelhelm, and others I mean really, is there any oath he hasn t sworn at this point We say goodbye to a couple old friends I was a little upset by the way those character deaths were handled, which seemed almost thoughtless It happens off page toward the end, and while Uhtred seems upset by one, he admits that he was relieved about the other, and it bothered me quite a bit.He s often painted as a sort of Knight in Shining Chain Mail he literally saves like 13 orphans in London from misery in this book , and to have that line thrown in so carelessly toward the end felt like a disservice to his character I didn t feel like it reflected who he really was or his past actions It s hard to really say what it was without spoilers, but it wasn t a good way to end.Anyway I did like some of the new characters Beneditta And Finan received a lot of spotlight here, and his friendship with Uhtred is one of my favorite things about the Saxon Stories The battle scene at the end was fantastic.Overall well worth reading if you are a fellow Uhtred fan My hangups with this one were personal than anything else Thank you to Harper Collins and Edelweiss for the eARC for review.

  4. says:

    Bernard Cornwell s legendary creation Uhtred of Bebbanburg returns for the 12th novel in The Last Kingdom series.Cornwell brings us the usual mixture of historical fact fiction, wonderful characters old new superb action After only a few pages I already felt totally immersed in Uhtred s world As Uhtred gets older he finds it harder to fight, but with his trusty weapons Serpent Breath Wasp Sting he is still a force to be reckoned with on the battlefield Sword of Kings is another fine addition to The Last Kingdom series of books, but I wonder how much Uhtred of Bebbanburg can do Thankfully everyone has one fight in them.

  5. says:

    Well here I am I m finally caught up with the saga of Uhtred of Bebbanburg This installment was actually really enjoyable the whole series has become a bit of a comfort read for me over the last two years I m sad there isn t waiting for me but I ll do my best to be patient while Mr Cornwell writes about my dude his crazy adventures

  6. says:

    Oh my goodness Uhtred is back and in one of the best books of the series It reminded me why I fell in love with him It is action packed and Uhtred is at his most cunning When he leads 180 men against 2000 in Lundene London , I held my breath the entire time The story is full of battles and skirmishes and even a humiliating episode for Uhtred It has everything I have to admit that I didn t know much about English history except for the Tudors before reading this series Alfred and his vision for the future have quite opened my eyes The first book still has one of the most thrilling scenes ever, to me, in that England, as we know it, came down to a small marshland defended bravely by Alfred and, of course, Uhtred I know Uhtred is not real but the rest of the story is full of wonderful historical research and that is a true story When Alfred s vision is realized, I almost wept The best part of the book comes at the end in the author s notes It captivated me and left me salivating for the next book Cornwell is a master of captivating the reader And this is just a wonderful addition to this wonderful series I had to order it from England because, for some silly reason, it won t be out in the U.S until Nov and I couldn t wait that long I am glad I didn t.

  7. says:

    In this week s Waiting on Wednesday I check out the latest books from one of my favourite authors, the master of English historical fiction novels, Bernard Cornwell Cornwell is one of the leading authors of historical fiction in the world today, with over 55 novels to his name, including his massive Richard Sharpe series and his compelling Grail Quest novels I have been a massive fan of Cornwell for years, having a huge number of his books, and he is an author whose works I will automatically grab as soon as they come out.Sword of Kings, which is currently set for release in the next few months Harper Collins Australia currently lists a release date of 24 September 2019 , is the 12th book in Cornwell s impressive The Last Kingdom series The Last Kingdom series of books has been Cornwell s primary body of work for the last 15 years and is currently the focus of a major television series of the same name The Last Kingdom books were among the first historical fiction books I ever read, and I am always excited to see how the series continues, especially after last year s awesome addition to the series, War of the Wolf.The Last Kingdom series is set in late ninth and early 10th century England, which was in a state of constant warfare between the Christian Saxons and the pagan Danes who were invading England from Europe The series follows the life of Uhtred of Bebbanburg, a Saxon lord who is captured and raised by the Danes as a pagan While happy to live as a pagan outside the rigid rules of the Christian Church, Uhtred is forced into the service of the Saxon kings of Wessex, and finds his loyalties constantly tested as he has to choose between the Danes who respect him and the Saxons who despise him The series has so far followed 60 years of English history roughly 866 to 924 AD and Uhtred is now an older man, although he is still a feared and deadly warrior The new book should be another cool addition to the series, and I like where the revealed plot synopsis for the book is going.Harper Collins Plot Synopsis It is a time of political turmoil once as the fading King Edward begins to lose control over his successors and their supporters There are two potential heirs possibly and doubt over whether the once separate states of Wessex and Mercia will hold together Despite attempts at pulling him into the political fray, Uhtred of Bebbanburg cares solely about his beloved Northumbria and its continuing independence from southern control.But an oath is a strong, almost sacred commitment and such a promise had been exchanged between Uhtred and Aethelstan, his onetime companion in arms and now a potential king Uhtred was tempted to ignore the demands of the oath and stay in his northern fastness, leaving the quarrelling Anglo Saxons to sort out their own issues But an attack on him by a leading supporter of one of the candidates and an unexpected appeal for help from another, drives Uhtred with a small band of warriors south, into the battle for kingship and England s fate There are a lot of cool things that I like in that plot synopsis, especially as it sounds like Uhtred is once again going to war One of the things that I like the most about this plot synopsis is that it looks like Cornwell is going to wrap up several storylines that have been featured in several of his previous books Ever since Uhtred s original Saxon benefactor, Alfred the Great, died in Death of Kings, Uhtred s connection with Wessex has been disintegrating, especially as Uhtred does not have the same loyalty to Alfred s son, King Edward During the period since Alfred s death, Uhtred has built up a number of enemies among the Wessex court, including Edward s powerful in laws, who hope to inherit the throne when Edward dies However, Uhtred has maintained a close relationship with Edward s first born illegitimate son, Aethelstan, protecting him from several attempts to kill him and training him as a warrior.With Edward fading even , it looks like the battle for the throne is about to begin It will be interesting to see Uhtred finally go into open conflict with the Wessex nobles who have been trying to kill him and Aethelstan for the last several books in the series I also look forward to seeing the progression of Aethelstan s character arc, as we have seen him advance from a small child to a brave leader of men, and now we may get to see him become king All of this sounds pretty awesome, and I really look forward to seeing how Cornwell continues all the incredible storylines surrounding Uhtred.I honestly have no doubts that Sword of Kings will be another amazing entry in this outstanding historical fiction series There is honestly nothing in this world that will stop me buying this book, as I have really enjoyed all of the previous novels in The Last Kingdom series The plot synopsis for this 12th book sounds pretty amazing, and I know that Cornwell will deliver another incredible piece of fiction I cannot wait until this book in released and I look forward to enjoying this in a couple of months.For other exciting reviews and content, check out my blog at

  8. says:

    Maybe 4.5 stars if I could give half ratings.I have followed this series of books for many years now since the first one was published I love te characters and the time period it is set in A time of change, Saxons VIkings, Kingdoms vs Kingdoms as lords via for power during the creation of what we now call England.Some of the past few books have left me feeling a bit short changed and did not seem to have a story But this 12 instalment is back to his good form Uhtred is a great character, he has seen and done much, and he is a flawed character often making unwise decisions for maybe the wrong reasons Finan , as ever, is there with him.No spoilers here, but once again Uhtred is called from his Northumbrian home to get involved in the battle for power Again it does not seem like his fight, bu drawn by Oaths made to Edward, he obce again finds himself in the thick of it Edward is dieing, Athelstan and Athelweard are locked in a struggle to succeed him.Why only 4 stars. well its only 340 odd pages another 50 pages would have been great But the story in this book is however back to the strength of the earlier novels Also your belie is stretched a bit. I mean just how old is Uhtred now But this is a novel, not a textbook , so that is OK.If you have read this series you will love this book If you haven t read the others. start at the beginning and go on the journey with Uhtred.

  9. says:

    A man of his word, Uhtred of Bebbanburg has made an oath to King in waiting Aethelstan, and with King Edward now dying, the time has come to fulfil that oath.Bernard Cornwell is a master storyteller so these books still feel fresh this is book 12 in The Last Kingdom series and I m sure I stopped breathing on than one occasion.

  10. says:

    Loved getting back into the world of Uhtred of Bebbanburg Another brilliant story with skirmishes and battles and Uhtred ultimately having to save the day The only negative being it s a quick read so another long wait for the next book

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