I've read all of this series to date, and each book gets better. I don't want the story to end, as Cornwell builds such wonderful characters and settings that I will be sad to let them go. Also, no one does a battle scene better that Bernard.
The Last Kingdom is the first of who knows how many Saxon Chronicle novels. As of early 2014, there are six(6), and there will be more. English history in the late 800's through mid 900's is told from the point of view of a Saxon War Chief, Uhtred. The nature of battles from that time is told in gritty detail. The relationship between the early Christian church in England and the warriors who fought the battles is a focus of the series. If one or two battles had gone in a different direction, there would be no England or English language. I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys historical fiction. Mr. Cornwall is on a level with Steven Pressfield in the quality of his writing and the gripping nature of the story lines.
Fascinating historical novel, told narrative style by a young warrior. Uhtred is a character you love to follow. Even through the blood 'n'guts of battle, he is fearless, daring, and all too human. Can't wait to read the sequel!
Cornwell is a masterful storyteller, and books are grounded in history. The Last Kingdom sets the stage for what is to be a great epic series and keeps you riveted until the very last page.
Lots of murder, mayhem and tedious battle scenes. The characters are for the most part uninteresting and sort of hard to keep straight. You might learn a little bit about England during this era, but mostly what you come away with a profound sense of relief that you weren't around then. I for one will not be reading any more books in this series (and I actually liked Game of Thrones!)
I love these stories! Bernard Cornwell is the best I have found in this genre. Have read books 1 through 3 in less than a week. Uhtred is a character I could just keep reading about.
The Warlord Chronicles were so good I read them twice. I just finished this book and can't wait to start the Pale Horsemen.