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The Empty Throne by Bernard Cornwell
  

The Empty Throne

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The latest novel to feature Uhtred of Bebbonburg, surely one of historical fiction’s most charismatic characters. Uhtred is getting old now so Bernard Cornwell has the prologue narrated by his son, also called Uhtred. A clever ploy. Perhaps the series will continue with a new narrator in later books. Certainly I never want it to end. The struggle to unite England under one ruler is fascinating, the 10th century is an exciting place to be and as ever, Bernard Cornwerll’s excellent writing evokes the time as no-one else can. He is also good at giving recap within the story, so you don’t necessarily have to start at the beginning. The only real problem is the amount of similar names; Aethelred, Aethelflaid, Aethelhelm etc. but that of course is the fault of history not of the story teller. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

If you like Bernard Cornwell you might also like to read books by Saul David, M. C. Scott and Simon Scarrow.


The Good Book Guide logo 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.
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Synopsis

The Empty Throne by Bernard Cornwell

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...

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

About the Author

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 the ladder to become head of current affairs at BBC Northern Ireland, then editor of Thames News. In 1979, his life changed when he fell in love with an American.

"Judy couldn’t live here, so I gave up my job and moved to the US. I couldn’t get a green card, and for 18 months the only thing I could do was write novels." The result was his first book about 19th century hero, Richard Sharpe, Sharpe’s Eagle.

In addition to the hugely successful Sharpe novels, Bernard Cornwell is the author of the Starbuck Chronicles, the Warlord trilogy, the Grail Quest series, the Alfred series and standalone battle books Azincourt and The Fort.

Bernard Cornwell owns houses in Cape Cod and Florida and two boats. Every year he takes two months off from his writing and spends most of his time on his 24 foot Cornish crabber, Royalist.

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Publication date

23rd April 2015

Author

Bernard Cornwell

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Publisher

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
352 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
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ISBN

9780007504190

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