The Empty Throne (Last Kingdom Series #8) (Saxon Tales)

The Empty Throne (Last Kingdom Series #8) (Saxon Tales)

by Bernard Cornwell
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The Empty Throne (Last Kingdom Series #8) (Saxon Tales) by Bernard Cornwell

This eighth entry in New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell's epic Saxon Tales series brings to life the harrowing and turbulent tale of a nation torn apart by sectarian and religious strife, a political struggle dominated by dynastic rivalries, and the remarkable strength that elevates some characters above their time.

 “My name is Uhtred. I am the son of Uhtred, who was the son of Uhtred . . .”

Britain, early tenth century AD: a time of change. There are new raids by the Vikings from Ireland, and turmoil among the Saxons over the leadership of Mercia. A younger generation is taking over.

Æthelred, the ruler of Mercia, is dying, leaving no legitimate heir. The West Saxons want their king, but Uhtred has long supported Æthelflaed, sister to King Edward of Wessex and widow of Æthelred. Widely loved and respected, Æthelflaed has all the makings of a leader—but could Saxon warriors ever accept a woman as their ruler? The stage is set for rivals to fight for the empty throne.

Uhtred is still suffering from the wounds he received in battle. To recover his strength he needs to find the sword that caused the injury, but lost amid the battle’s blood and mud, how could it be traced and who among the Vikings or Saxons might be holding it?

In the end it is one champion, one hero, who will destroy the new Viking threat to Mercia and ultimately decide the fate of England.

With this eighth entry in the epic Saxon Tales series, we are reminded once again why New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell is “the most prolific and successful historical novelist in the world today” (Wall Street Journal).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062250728
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/05/2016
Series: Last Kingdom (Saxon Tales) Series , #8
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 26,423
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Bernard Cornwell is the author of the acclaimed New York Times bestsellers 1356 and Agincourt; the bestselling Saxon Tales, which include The Last Kingdom, The Pale Horseman, Lords of the North, Sword Song, The Burning Land, Death of Kings, The Pagan Lord, and, most recently, The Empty Throne; and the Richard Sharpe novels, among many others.

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The Empty Throne 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dickens, Trollope, maybe Faulkner... then this guy. I am 74 and stay up all night reading him.
Marrio Malina More than 1 year ago
Great!
Rowebooks More than 1 year ago
How an author can bring an almost unknown period of history alive amazes me but Cornwell does with all of his books. His character are politically correct for the time, brutal! and interesting. Read all of Cornwell's books, they are all great.
GravyDavy More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite authors adds another chapter in the Saxon Tales. The excitement is high as Uhtred does his fighting for England. I can hardly wait for the next installment.
Kamaki More than 1 year ago
Uhtred is magnificent! A great warrior, a great schemer! Cornwell's narrative keeps the interest high and the action strong at the appropriate moments. And the surprises are there! Even Uhtred gets surprised by his offspring! This is an engrossing read, like his other books in this series, and the history is accurate enough for the casual historian.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He makes you feel like everything is happening in your presence. My favorite author.
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Glad to see Taita back in action. Keep the sequels coming!
Avidel More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It had humor, excitement and adventure. I hope the series continues forever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is an excellent continuation of the Saxon Tales series. It is full of the suspense and historical detail we have all come to expect from Bernard Cornwell. It was so good I read it too fast and as soon as I put it down I was hoping another will be out soon. Cornwell is a genius!
peternv More than 1 year ago
My only complaint about this book is that at a little over 300 pages, it is too short!
jjensenJJ More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the Bernard Cornwell Saxon Tales and I couldn't wait for this one to come out. If you love historical fiction, this is the series for you. I read real history all the time and Bernard Cornwell knows how to intertwine real history with fiction better than anyone else I know of. This book has all the elements of humor, excitement, great battles and a surprise ending that I did not see coming.
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ggmm More than 1 year ago
Kept my interest as well as the other Saxon Tales.
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One of my favorite series. This was a great addition - first book I've read in a while where I've actually savored every word. I think it's better than his last one. Thoroughly recommend.
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reader53CD More than 1 year ago
Read them - read them all!  They are always fresh and each time you take one down to read you step into the Saxon era. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another solid saxon tale book.
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TomOxenham More than 1 year ago
"The Empty Throne" is Bernard Cornwell's latest installment of The Saxon Tales series.  While this new tale of Uhtred of Bebbanburg  is a page-turner to match Cornwell's previous efforts in this series, I believe the author is giving us a hint of things to come.  The Prologue  of "The Empty Throne" is written from the perspective of Uhtred, the son of the narrator of the SaxonTales so far.  I wonder if the author  is giving his readers a preview of what to expect as Uhtred, the father continues to age and his skills as a warrior erode with time and the cumulative efffects of numerous battle wounds.   And what does the reader make of the marriage of Uhtred's daughter Stiorra to the young Viking raider?  Is the focus of the narrative set to switch to the younger generation?  One can almost hear Uhtred bellow, "I'm not done  yet!"  In the exciting climax of "The Empty Throne," which ends in a bloody battle as all of Cornwell's novels do, Uhtred relies upon guile to  gain the upper hand on his foe even more so than his great skills as a warrior.  While the action may fall to his children, Uhtred of   Bebbanburg remains the centerpiece of this epic story of constant battle which gives birth to a new nation, England.