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Read & Download Ù PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook á Bernard Cornwell Dy to take his place in the dreaded shield wall Above all though he wishes to recover his father’s land the enchanting fort of Bebbanburg by the wild northern seaThis thrilling adventure based on existing records of Bernard Cornwell’s ancestors depicts a time when law and order were ripped violently apart by a pagan assault on Christian England an assault that came very close to destroying England. In The Last Kingdom we follow Uhtred son of Uhtred who is the Ealdorman of Beddanburg by birthright In the first person perspective Uhtred tells us his tale and throughout The Last Kingdom he presents his formative years from a youth through his teenage years to the time that he becomes a man During the prologue Danes attack the outskirts of Beddanburg Uhtred's brother is murdered by a Dane called Ragnar the Fearless The Saxons retaliate in a pitched battle during which 9 year old Uhtred sees his brother's killer and tries to get revenge I recognised him as the man who had killed my brother and like the fool I was I screamed at himSeeing the courage and fearlessness that Uhtred already holds at such a young age Ragnar doesn't kill him but takes Uhtred with him at the end of the battle Throughout the next years Ragnar becomes fond of Uhtred and sees him as an adopted son Uhtred likewise loves Ragnar like a father During this period Uhtred lives like a Dane He lives alongside Ragnar's family including his sons his adopted daughter Brida his real daughter Thyra and Rangar's blind and wise father Ravn Throughout this time Uhtred learns the warrior ways learns how to speak Danish and finds out about the ways of Woden Thor and the pagan gods He takes part in numerous battles and skirmishes against the Saxons and meets the army's heavy hitters such as Ubba Ivar and GuthrumThere are so many excellent and memorable characters Cornwell's penmanship expertly brings them to life I finished The Last Kingdom yesterday and last night I had a dream about Uhtred and Young Ragnar It is not often that an author's characters invade my subconscious in such a way Uhtred is a great character Not uite Danish and not uite a Saxon Confused regarding his religious beliefs as he just wants to fight and to get Beddanburg back from his treacherous uncle Characters like Ubba Leofric Ragnar and Young Ragnar jump of the page and their dialogue exchanges with Uhtred are well composed and extremely memorable Destiny is all Ravn liked to tell me destiny is everything He would even say it in English “Wyrd biõ ful ãrædWhen I started reading The Last Kingdom I hadn't watched the BBC series yet I initially decided that I would read ahead so that the show didn't spoil events for me I purchased the novel and also the audiobook which features the excellent Jonathan Keeble as Uhtred This plan didn't uite work out After I had read the first few chapters I decided to watch the first episode The finale of this episode reveals a huge moment of death and deceit that doesn't take place in the novel until around 60% I've only got my self to blame for spoiling it for myself but thought I would highlight this in my review so that potential readers don't make the same mistake This moment was still extremely powerful and important to the novel's narrative but I think I'd stolen away the unpredictable nature of the incident The book focused a lot on young Uhtred than the show The scenes of Uhtred's youth are extremely important to who he becomes and I think the show missed out on some amazing moments that are featured here The preachers tell us that pride is a great sin but the preachers are wrong Pride makes a man it drives him it is the shield wall around his reputation Men die they said but reputation does not dieThe Last Kingdom was an extremely enjoyable historical fiction read that features excellent drama well realised characters and is chock full of memorable battles and duels The pacing is great too and at the heated moments I almost felt like I was part of the battle bellowing shield wall with the sweat blood gore and death dripping from the pages I am so glad that I started Uhtred's story With there being 13 books in The Last Kingdom The Warrior Chronicles The Saxon Stories series I am aiming to read one a month for the foreseeable future I'd like to thank Edward Gwynne for recommending this series to me

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The Last Kingdom Free download ↠ 100 î This is the story of the making of England in the 9th and 10th centuries the years in which King Alfred the Great his son and grandson defeated the Danish Vikings who had invaded and occupied three of England’s four kingdomsThe story is seen through the eyes of Uhtred a dispossessed nobleman who is cap This is the story of the making of England in the 9th and 10th centuries the years in which King Alfred the Great his son and grandson defeated the Danish Vikings who had invaded and occupied three of England’s four kingdomsThe story is seen through the eyes of Uhtred a dispossessed nobleman who is captured as a child by the Danes and then raised by them so that by the time the Northmen begin their. My name is Uhtred I am the son of Uhtred who was the son of Uhtred and his father was also called Uhtred My father’s clerk a priest called Beocca spelt it Utred I do not know if that was how my father would have written it for he could neither read nor write but I can do both and sometimes I take the old parchments from their wooden chest and I see the name spelled Uhtred or Utred or Ughtred or Ootred and I look at the deeds which say that Uhtred son of Uhtred is the lawful and sole owner of the lands that are carefully marked by stones and by dykes by oaks and by ash by marsh and by sea and I dream of those lands wave beaten and wild beneath the wind driven sky I dream and know that one day I will take back the land from those who stole it from meI felt like I needed to write a proper review for this book if for no other reason than to tell every single soul that could possibly read the words I'm writing that this is the absodamnlutely best series ever written within the genre of historical fiction If you're looking to start reading historical fiction and have little experience with the genre read this If you're a longtime fan of medieval history and vikings and anything even slightly similar read this If you're intending to only ever read one historical fiction series pick this oneNorthumbria 866 AD Osbert second in line to the castle of Bebbanburg is ten years old For the first time since the infamous sack of Lindisfarne and the start of the Viking era the barbarian Danes return to England to pillage and plunder to the full satisfaction of their greed Osbert's elder brother is among the first to fall to the swords of the wicked pagans And because of tradition set in stone among the great lords of Bebbanburg Osbert must now give up his name for that of his dead brother From this day he is known as Uhtred Uhtredsson Uhtred of Bebbanburg There’s war between the gods Uhtred war between the Christian god and our gods and when there is war in Asgard the gods make us fight for them on earthThe Northumbrian army marches to take back the captured city of Eoferwic resulting in a catastrophic defeat The lord of Bebbanburg is slain in combat and young Uhtred is captured by the Danes He lives with the dangerous raiders from the north for years and grows into adolescence under the watchful eye of Ragnar the Fearless Thus begins a tale of the Saxon who becomes a Viking Of the pagan who becomes a champion of Christendom Of a man whose loyalties are forever torn Of a man whose name is whispered in the ears of kings is feared by warriors from all sides of the great war and terrifies pious priests into making the sign of the Cross Thus begins the tale of Uhtred Pride makes a man it drives him it is the shield wall around his reputation Men die they said but reputation does not dieLet's settle one thing here Uhtred of Bebbanburg is the best protagonist I've ever encountered in fictional literature All the amazing protagonists in the genres of fantasy and science fiction can go hide in a corner when this guy is around His fierceness in both battle love and faith has no match anywhere else and his twin allegiances and friends on both sides of the main conflict turn him into a remarkably interesting person who is constantly doubting his own loyalty and identityThat praise should say a whole lot about Cornwell's skills at characterisation especially considering that Uhtred is not even my favourite character in this series But there are tons of great characters hidden in every chapter of the book From ruthless and bloodthirsty Norse warriors to Saxon leaders with their ambitions exceeded only by their piety From pagan witches to scheming priests And from the lowliest of slaves on the Viking ships to kings and princesses fighting for power All of those are to be found on the pages of The Saxon Stories alongside so many But this series is also so much than the tale of Uhtred It is the story of cultures and faiths clashing violently Of the mythology and origins of one of the most powerful nations in history Of how England a name not yet widely known was united under one great kingdomCornwell's elouent writing style the dramatic first person narrative the magnificent early medieval setting the most interesting and conflicted main character I have ever read about and historical realism gracefully and skillfully combined with masterly storytelling ; all of it adds up to a truly fascinating story of war love and death in Anglo Saxon EnglandI'm going to say it one time this is my favourite series Do yourself a favour and read it Wyrd bith ful araed Fate is inexorable

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The Last KingdomAssault on Wessex Alfred’s kingdom and the last territory in English hands Uhtred almost thinks of himself as a Dane He certainly has no love for Alfred whom he considers a pious weakling and no match for Viking savagery yet when Alfred unexpectedly defeats the Danes and the Danes themselves turn on Uhtred he is finally forced to choose sides By now he is a young man in love trained to fight and rea. The story begins in England in the 9th century with young Uhtred of Bebbanburg He’s born a Christian Saxon but from a young age is raised by pagan Danes This dispossessed Ealdorman grows into a fierce warrior and eventually is torn between two identities His main goal is to regain his father’s homeland but there are many steps to be taken on his journey The law says I own that land and the law we are told is what makes us men under God instead of beasts in the ditch But the law does not help me take back my land The law wants compromise The law thinks money will compensate for loss The law above all fears the blood feud But I am Uhtred son of Uhtred and this is the tale of a blood feud It is a tale of how I will take from my enemy what the law says is mine And it is the tale of a woman and of her father a kingReluctantly I agreed to start watching the Netflix series with my husband before getting to the books but then stopped after season one to catch up It’s wonderful that for the most part the series is following the book so far with only minimal changes as far as events and characters There were a few changes that I actually liked about the series and then a few things that I liked better about the bookThe writing story characters—I pretty much loved everything about this book It’s fantastic thrilling and full of action and adventure Historical fiction isn’t one of my most favorite genres but this book was awesome and changed everything The history during this period of time and location is something I haven’t learned that much about and now I’m inspired to learn about King Alfred and others in the story To be honest I love a good revenge story and I’m pretty sure there’s going to be plenty of it in this series Seeing Uhtred get his revenge is something to look forward to He’s a favorite character that you simply can’t get enough of and it’s perfect that he narrates this entire book There were other likable characters too and of course some you just can’t help but hateSomething really stuck in my mind when reading though how much of this was actually true The author included a much appreciated historical note at the end which answered the majority of my uestions It was interesting learning in the end which characters and events were real Moving forward now to The Pale Horseman after a short break5You can also see this review and others wwwreadrantrockandrollcom