The ninth novel in ‘The Last Kingdom Series' is as completely compelling and absolutely wonderful as the first. Bernard Cornwell is a master weaver of stories, the threads join seamlessly together to create an epic tale of history in the making. Uhtred, with age pressing in, is as battle ready as ever, however the years have brought an understanding of human nature which adds to his cunning. The first paragraph announces the death and destruction that is set to scorch the pages to come, the power and balance of battle dances on a knife edge. Uhtred’s tale is so personal, so brutally vivid, yet Bernard Cornwell writes with poetic beauty and the landscape was vibrantly visible in my minds eye. Not only are the battles fierce and the history within touching distance, the characters are so alive you feel transported to this time. I rode the wave of this exhilarating story and felt a shock when I surfaced back to reality. ‘Warriors of the Storm’ is a marvellous knockout of a read.
The new novel in Bernard Cornwell's number one bestselling series on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg. BBC2's major Autumn 2015 TV show THE LAST KINGDOM is based on the first two books in the series. A fragile peace is about to be broken...King Alfred's son Edward and formidable daughter, Aethelflaed, rule Wessex, Mercia and East Anglia. But all around the restless Northmen, eyeing the rich lands and wealthy churches, are mounting raids. Uhtred of Bebbanburg, the kingdoms' greatest warrior, controls northern Mercia from the strongly fortified city of Chester. But forces are rising up against him. Northmen allied to the Irish, led by the fierce warrior Ragnall Ivarson, are soon joined by the Northumbrians, and their strength could prove overwhelming. Despite the gathering threat, both Edward and Aethelflaed are reluctant to move out of the safety of their fortifications. But with Uhtred's own daughter married to Ivarson's brother, who can be trusted? In the struggle between family and loyalty, between personal ambition and political commitment, there will be no easy path. But a man with a warrior's courage may be able to find it. Such a man is Uhtred,and this may be his finest hour.
'Strong narrative, vigourous action and striking characterisation, Cornwell remains king of the territory he has staked out as his own'
'Blood, divided loyalties and thundering battles'
'A violent, absorbing historical saga, deeply researched and thoroughly imagined'
Publication date: 21/04/2016
Publisher: Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||21st April 2016|
|Publisher:||Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||Action Adventure / Spy, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,|
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 ...More About Bernard Cornwell