Uhtred of Bebbanburg had his lands stolen from him by his
cousin and was given to the Vikings as a slave. Lucky for him
the man who purchased him raised him as his son and Uhtred
grew strong and became a brilliant tactician. Though a Pagan
Uhtred has fought for the Christians and done much to get back
the land he had stolen. He has also made many enemies. Time is
running out to get Bebbanburg back. The Scots have attacked
the area and are laying siege to the impenetrable fortress.
Enemies of his daughter's husband are threatening their
borders and everyone Uhtred has ever made mad seem to be
coming for him. Anyone but Uhtred wouldn't stand a chance.
For those of you who know this series because of the great TV
series The Last Kingdom based on the books,
this is not the
next book. There are others you need to read before this one.
The whole series is epic and must be read. THE FLAME BEARER
will not disappoint. Well written, great characters, locations
and historical notes. I always love history in my reading and
I love it even more when an author tells you at the end how
much of the story was made up and you don't care because it
was that good. I loved the ending and can't wait for more from
Bernard Cornwell. Do you think he could get George R.R. Martin
to finish his book?
The next installment of Bernard Cornwell’s bestselling
series chronicling the epic saga of the making of England,
"like Game of Thrones, but real"
(Observer, London)—the basis for The Last
Kingdom, the hit television series coming to Netflix in
From the day it was stolen from me I had dreamed of
recapturing Bebbanburg. The great fort was built on a rock
that was almost an island, it was massive, it could only be
approached on land by a single narrow track—and it was
Britain is in a state of uneasy peace. Northumbria’s Viking
ruler, Sigtryggr, and Mercia’s Saxon Queen Aethelflaed have
agreed a truce. And so England’s greatest warrior, Uhtred of
Bebbanburg, at last has the chance to take back the home his
traitorous uncle stole from him so many years ago—and which
his scheming cousin still occupies.
But fate is inexorable and the enemies Uhtred has made and
the oaths he has sworn combine to distract him from his
dream of recapturing Bebbanburg. New enemies enter into the
fight for England’s kingdoms: the redoubtable Constantin of
Scotland seizes an opportunity for conquest and leads his
armies south. Britain’s precarious peace threatens to turn
into a war of annihilation.
But Uhtred is determined that nothing, neither the new
enemies nor the old foes who combine against him, will keep
him from his birth right. He is the Lord of Bebbanburg, but
he will need all the skills he has learned in a lifetime of
war to make his dream come true. The latest chapter in
Bernard Cornwell’s "violent, absorbing historical saga,"
The Flame Bearer confirms Bernard Cornwell’s title
as "perhaps the greatest writer of historical adventure
novels today" (Washington Post).