Bernard Cornwell

War of the Wolf

"Cornwell is a master storyteller"


Uhtred of Bebbanburg has won back his ancestral home but, threatened from all sides by enemies both old and new, he doesn't have long to enjoy the victory.

In Mercia, rebellion is in the air as King Edward tries to seize control. In Wessex, rival parties scramble to settle on the identity of the next king. And across the country invading Norsemen continue their relentless incursion, ever hungry for land.

Uhtred – a legendary warrior, admired and sought as an ally, feared as an adversary – finds himself once again torn between his two heritages: fighting on what he considers the wrong side, cursed by misfortune and tragedy and facing one of his most formidable enemies. Only the most astute cunning, the greatest loyalty and the most spectacular courage can save him.

For decades, Uhtred has stood at the intersection between Pagan and Christian, between Saxon and Viking, between the old world he was born into and the new world being forged around him. But as the winds of change gather pace, the pressure on Uhtred as father, as politician and as warrior grows as never before.

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If like me you are riveted by the TV series, 'The Last Kingdom', then this is surely the book for you! Uhtred of Bebbanburg is now over sixty and here seems to take on the role of observer. Maybe his fighting days are over. This new book is much more advanced than the TV series, but still well worth the read down to Cornwell's great strokes painting his canvas and bringing alive this particular time period. The in-fighting and politics are equally fascinating and keep the momentum of Cornwell's story rolling. There really isn't much more for me to say, as the great man's mountain of readers will surely all stampede to the shops like a flock of Vikings and buy this new instalment. Cornwell is a master storyteller.

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