The sixth installment of Bernard Cornwell’s bestselling series chronicling the epic saga of the making of England, “like Game of Thrones, but real” (The Observer, London)—the basis for The Last Kingdom, the hit BBC America television series.
As the ninth century wanes, England is perched once more on the brink of chaos. King Alfred is dying; with his passing, the island of Britain seems doomed to renewed warfare. Alfred wants his son Edward to succeed him, but there are other Saxon claimants to the throne—as well as ambitious pagan Vikings to the north.
With the promise of battle looming again, Uhtred, the Viking-raised but Saxon-born warrior, whose life seems to shadow the making of England itself, is torn between competing loyalties. Uhtred’s loyalty, and his vows, are to Alfred—not to his son—and despite long years of service to the old king, Uhtred is still reluctant to commit to Alfred’s cause. His own desire is to reclaim his long lost ancestral lands and castle to the north. As the king’s warrior he is duty-bound, but the king’s reign is nearing its end, and his death will leave a vacuum of power. Uhtred is forced to make a momentous choice: either take up arms—and Alfred’s mantle—to realize his dream of a united and Christian England, or be responsible for condemning it to oblivion.
Death of Kings is a harrowing story of the power of tribal commitment and the dilemma of divided loyalties. This is the making of England magnificently brought to life by “the best historical novelist writing today” (Vince Flynn).
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A great historical fiction novel that is very well read!
This is my favorite series of books and I own them all in hardback and reread the series when a new novel is released. I have never loved a series as much as I do this one and I can't recommend it highly enough.
Don’t like the narrator
Don’t like the narrator, he pronounces things wrong it’s Uhtred of Bebbanburg, not Uhtred of Bamburgh. Otherwise the book and series is phenomenal
Good Story..narration okay
I have books 1-6 in this series as audio books. The story is great and the characters are well developed. The narration on the first four was really good, but changed for the last two. Book 6 was a larger departure than even book 5 and it makes it harder to follow. The narration in book 6 is a bit monotonous, but it is the pronunciation that is bothering me. Almost all of the names and places are pronounced differently in book 6. I am not sure which pronunciation is correct, since I am listening not reading, but it seems they should have referenced the previous books for cohesion. So, the story is awesome and I would recommend the series, I just wish they had more consistent narration.