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The Flame Bearer (the Last Kingdom Series, Book 10) by Bernard Cornwell
  

The Flame Bearer (the Last Kingdom Series, Book 10)

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The brand 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 TV show The Last Kingdom is based on the first two books in the series. If Uhtred is to succeed in recapturing Bebbanburg he must both defeat Aethelhelm's forces and drive the Scots away before he can attack the formidable fortress by the sea. He has a small army and many enemies, but Uhtred is not the supreme warlord of Britain for nothing...

If you like Bernard Cornwell you might also like to read books by Allan Mallinson, Robyn Young and Manda Scott.

Synopsis

The Flame Bearer (the Last Kingdom Series, Book 10) by Bernard Cornwell

Britain is at an uneasy peace. After their bloody defeat of Danish-held East Anglia, the West Saxons stand victorious while the Mercians have taken back their land on the border of Northumbria, the last kingdom of Britain still ruled by the pagan northmen. A precarious truce exists between Aethelflaed's Mercia and Northumbria, now ruled by Uhtred of Bebbanburg's son-in-law, Sigtryggr. Under the cover of this fragile calm, Uhtred must begin his campaign that will end with the assault on Bebbanburg, the great fortress that is rightly his and was stolen from him in childhood. But his plans are shattered when the Scots surge down and lay claim to the north of England, as the West Saxons, under Uhtred's old enemy, Aethelhelm, invade Northumbria from the south.

Reviews

Praise for Bernard Cornwell:

'Like Game of Thrones, but real'
OBSERVER

'Blood, divided loyalties and thundering battles'
THE TIMES

'Strong narrative, vigourous action and striking characterisation, Cornwell remains king of the territory he has staked out as his own'
SUNDAY TIMES

'A violent, absorbing historical saga, deeply researched and thoroughly imagined'
WASHINGTON POST

'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 draws a fascinating picture of England as it might have been before anything like England existed'
THE TIMES

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

'A reminder of just how good a writer he is'
SUNDAY TIMES

'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

6th October 2016

Author

Bernard Cornwell

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Publisher

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Hardback

Categories

Action Adventure / Spy
Books for the Boys
Historical Fiction
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ISBN

9780007504213

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