Genre: Historical fiction
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pub date: 3 October 2019
This is the 12th in the series. Admittedly I haven’t read the previous books but having watched The Last Kingdom I was drawn to this book and was definitely not disappointed.
For those unaware the series tells the story of times of Alfred the Great and the Viking raids across England or it’s four kingdoms as it had at that time.
Uhtred is settled in Nortumbria until he is asked to help a queen, making him leave the safety of Bebbanburg. As one King Edward dies his two heirs emerge ready to fight for their thrones. Uhtred attempts to keep his oath to Athelstan, now King Athelstan of Mercia.
Uhtreds oath urges him to join the fight to determine which king will rule.
This was fantastic! I couldn’t put it down I just wanted to know what was going to happen. The battle scenes are fantastic I could feel my heart racing during the last battle.
Fantastic writing by Cornwell and I will happily admit that watching the TV series meant these characters appeared in my mind as they looked in the series.
I’ve added the rest of the series to my TBR now as I loved this book.
Thank you to NetGalley and HarperCollins for the opportunity to read this in exchange for my review.