The Empty Throne: The Last Kingdom Series, Book 8 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The new novel in Bernard Cornwell's number-one best-selling series "The Warrior Chronicles", on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg.
In the battle for power, there can be only one ruler.
England is fractured, torn apart more by internal fighting than the threat of Viking invasion. The ruler of Mercia is dying, leaving no legitimate heir. His wife is a formidable fighter and great leader, but no woman has ever ruled over an English kingdom. And she is without her strongest warrior and champion, Uhtred of Bebbanburg.
So the scene is set for an explosive battle between elders and warriors for an empty throne. The vacant throne leaves a dangerous opportunity for the rival West Saxons to seize Mercia. But Edward of Wessex is distracted by the succession of his own throne, with two heirs claiming the right to be West Saxon king. And while the kingdoms are in disarray, the Vikings, this time coming from the west, will go on the rampage once more.
The very future of England hangs in the balance. A hero is needed, a hero who can destroy the threat to Mercia, a hero who will ultimately decide the fate of a nation…
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 12 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||23 October 2014|
|Publisher||HarperCollins Publishers Limited|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 11,648 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
70 in War & Military Action Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
71 in Historical Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
162 in Action Thriller & Suspense Fiction
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Chronicles novel. Bernard is doing a remarkable job of spinning out this series forcing me to buy more books. Problem is, I can't put my Kindle down once I start reading.
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Although one should not bring 21st century thinking, morals and mores to 10th century life, one could not help thinking that 'everything changes and nothing changes.' Cornwell does encourage the reader to stop and think beyond the swashbuckling thoughout.
I am not sure whether Uhtred's forewords are a good or bad thing - whether they telegraph the ultimate outcome of the scrapes and adventures or whether they enhance the enjoyment of the finer points of the tale...
I was disappointed at the Kindle price of book 9- Warriors of the Storm, which at the present time is more than the hardback edition. Although I am hooked enough to want to read it very badly, principle prevents me following on at this time.
I read this book in under a day. LIterally could not (and didn't want to) put it down. The plot of this book is as compelling as the rest of them. There is as much action and and gore as in previous books and Cornwell, as always, does not disappoint. It is a slick production and one that is as entertaining and emotional as any blockbuster. After reading 8 of his Uthred books I cannot get enough and when this saga comes to a close, it will feel like the loss of a friend. As ridiculous as that sounds, reading this whole series you cant help but invest part of yourself in the story.
Long may this series continue. A world with Uthred Uthredson is not a world that I wish to see.