On Sale: October 18, 2016
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The ninth installment of Bernard Cornwellâ€™s bestselling
series chronicling the epic saga of the making of England,
â€ślike Game of Thrones, but realâ€ť (The Observer,
London)â€”the basis for The Last Kingdom, the hit
television series coming to Netflix in Fall 2016.
A fragile peace reigns in Wessex, Mercia and East Anglia.
King Alfredâ€™s son Edward and formidable daughter,
Aethelflaed, rule the kingdoms. But all around the restless
Northmen, eyeing the rich lands and wealthy churches, are
Uhtred of Bebbanburg, the kingdomsâ€™ greatest warrior,
controls northern Mercia from the strongly fortified city of
Chester. But forces are gathering 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 Uhtredâ€™s
own daughter married to Ivarsonâ€™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 warriorâ€™s courage may be able to find
it. Such a man is Uhtred, and this may be his finest hour.
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