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In the middle years of the ninth century, the fierce Danes stormed onto British soil, hungry for spoils and conquest. Kingdom after kingdom fell to the ruthless invaders until but one realm remained. And suddenly the fate of all England and the course of history depended upon one man, one king.
New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell's The Last Kingdom is a rousing epic adventure of courage, treachery, duty, devotion, majesty, love, and battle as seen through the eyes of a young warrior who straddled two worlds.
Historical novels stand or fall on detail, and Mr. Cornwell writes as if he has been to ninth-century Wessex and back. WALL STREET JOURNAL.
“Enthralling ... the desperate, heroic struggle of Alfred “the Great” ... against the seemingly invincible Vikings.
-Wall Street Journal
“Intoxicating….Thrilling….Cornwell conveys the disquiet of change and the melancholy of extinction as few historical novelists manage to.”
-Washington Post Book World
“Enter Cornwell’s vividly drawn ninth-century Kingdom … after this dip into the Dark Ages, we want to go back.”
“History comes alive.”
“A crackling good storyteller.”
“Cornwell .... makes the usually gloomy ninth century sound like a hell of a lot of fun.”
“Highly recommended … another great historical series in the making.”
-Library Journal (starred review)
“Masterful....[An]irresistible epic adventure....Cornwell deserves praise for his mesmerizing narrative finesse and his authentic historical detailing.”