The Empty Throne

by Bernard Cornwell

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The Empty Throne Synopsis

The new novel in Bernard Cornwell's number one bestselling series The Warrior Chronicles, on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg. In the battle for power, there can be only one ruler. England is fractured, torn apart more by internal fighting than the threat of Viking invasion. The ruler of Mercia is dying, leaving no legitimate heir. His wife is a formidable fighter and great leader, but no woman has ever ruled over an English kingdom. And she is without her strongest warrior and champion, Uhtred of Bebbanburg. So the scene is set for an explosive battle between elders and warriors for an empty throne. The vacant throne leaves a dangerous opportunity for the rival West Saxons to seize Mercia. But Edward of Wessex is distracted by the succession of his own throne, with two heirs claiming the right to be West Saxon king. And while the kingdoms are in disarray, the Vikings, this time coming from the west, will go on the rampage once more. The very future of England hangs in the balance. A hero is needed, a hero who can destroy the threat to Mercia, a hero who will ultimately decide the fate of a nation...

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The Good Book Guide Review

The eighth book in the Warrior Chronicles series, set in the turbulent times of Alfred the Great, brings a great sense of time and place of medieval England, from the damp marshes to the windswept uplands. The hero of previous novels, Uhtred, is suffering from an old war wound that inflames his temper but makes him even more guileful. The story opens with the ruler of Mercia on his deathbed without an obvious heir. But his queen is not a woman to be pushed about and she is ready for battle. Cornwell’s characterisation is a powerful driving force, his plot full of action and bloodshed.

The Empty Throne Press Reviews

Praise for Bernard Cornwell: 'The best battle scenes of any writer I've ever read, past or present. Cornwell really makes history come alive' George R.R. Martin

 

'Cornwell is always in full command of his material' SUNDAY TIMES

'Like GAME OF THRONES, but real' Observer

'Tense, powerful, compulsive' THE TIMES

'He's called a master storyteller. Really he's cleverer than that' TELEGRAPH

'Nobody in the world does this better than Cornwell' Lee Child

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780007504190
Publication date: 23/04/2015
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780007504169
Publication date: 23/10/2014
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007504190
Publication date: 23rd April 2015
Author: Bernard Cornwell
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 352 pages
Genres: Action Adventure / Spy, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,
Categories: Historical fiction,

About Bernard Cornwell

Born in Essex in 1944 Bernard Cornwell was adopted at the age of six weeks by two members of a strict fundamentalist sect called the Peculiar People. He grew up in a household that forbade alcohol, cigarettes, dances, television, conventional medicine and toy guns. Not surprisingly, he developed a fascination for military adventure. As a teenager he devoured CS Forester’s Hornblower novels and tried to enlist three times. Poor eyesight put paid to his dream, instead he went to university to read theology. On graduating, he became a teacher, then joined BBC’s Nationwide, working his way up ...

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