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Sword of Kings : Last Kingdom : Book 12 - Bernard Cornwell

Sword of Kings

Last Kingdom : Book 12

Paperback Published: 24th September 2019
ISBN: 9780008183905
Number Of Pages: 340

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The incredible new novel from the globally bestselling author

Uhtred of Bebbanburg is a man of his word.

An oath bound him to King Alfred. An oath bound him to æthelflæd. And now an oath will wrench him away from the ancestral home he fought so hard to regain. For Uhtred has sworn that on King Edward's death, he will kill two men. And now Edward is dying.

A violent attack drives Uhtred south with a small band of warriors, and headlong into the battle for kingship. Plunged into a world of shifting alliances and uncertain loyalties, he will need all his strength and guile to overcome the fiercest warrior of them all – and with it, the chance to fulfil his oath.

As two opposing Kings gather their armies, fate drags Uhtred to London, and a struggle for control that must leave one King victorious, and one dead. But fate – as Uhtred has learned to his cost – is inexorable. Wyrd bið ful aræd. And Uhtred's destiny is to stand at the heart of the shield wall once again…

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Praise for Bernard Cornwell:

'Strong narrative, vigourous action and striking characterisation, Cornwell remains king of the territory he has staked out as his own' SUNDAY TIMES

'Like Game of Thrones, but real' OBSERVER

'Blood, divided loyalties and thundering battles' THE TIMES

'A violent, absorbing historical saga, deeply researched and thoroughly imagined' WASHINGTON POST

'The best battle scenes of any writer I've ever read, past or present. Cornwell really makes history come alive' George R.R. Martin

'Cornwell draws a fascinating picture of England as it might have been before anything like England existed' THE TIMES

'He's called a master storyteller. Really he's cleverer than that' TELEGRAPH

'A reminder of just how good a writer he is' SUNDAY TIMES

'Nobody in the world does this better than Cornwell' Lee Child

ISBN: 9780008183905
ISBN-10: 0008183902
Series: The Last Kingdom : Book 12
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 340
Published: 24th September 2019
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.43

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Bernard Cornwell

About the Author


Bernard Cornwell was born in London in 1944 - a 'warbaby' - whose father was a Canadian airman and mother in Britain's Women's Auxiliary Air Force. He was adopted by a family in Essex who belonged to a religious sect called the Peculiar People (and they were), but escaped to London University and, after a stint as a teacher, he joined BBC Television where he worked for the next 10 years. He began as a researcher on the Nationwide programme and ended as Head of Current Affairs Television for the BBC in Northern Ireland. It was while working in Belfast that he met Judy, a visiting American, and fell in love. Judy was unable to move to Britain for family reasons so Bernard went to the States where he was refused a Green Card. He decided to earn a living by writing, a job that did not need a permit from the US government - and for some years he had been wanting to write the adventures of a British soldier in the Napoleonic wars - and so the Sharpe series was born. Bernard and Judy married in 1980, are still married, still live in the States and he is still writing Sharpe.

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