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Publisher's Summary

The brand-new novel in Bernard Cornwell's number one best-selling series on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg. BBC2's major TV show The Last Kingdom is based on the first two novels in the series.
From the day it was stolen from me, I had dreamed of recapturing Bebbanburg. The great fort was built on a rock that was almost an island; it was massive, it could be approached only on land by a single narrow track - and it was mine.
Britain is in a state of uneasy peace. Northumbria's Viking ruler, Sigtryggr, and Mercia's Saxon Queen, Aethelflaed, have agreed to a truce. And so England's greatest warrior, Uhtred of Bebbanburg, at last has the chance to take back the home of his traitorous uncle, which was stolen from him so many years ago - and which his scheming cousin still occupies.
But fate is inexorable, and the enemies Uhtred has made and the oaths he has sworn combine to distract him from his dream of recapturing Bebbanburg. New enemies enter into the fight for England's kingdoms: the redoubtable Constantin of Scotland seizes an opportunity for conquest and leads his armies south.
Britain's precarious peace threatens to turn into a war of annihilation. But Uhtred is determined that nothing, neither the new enemies nor the old foes who combine against him, will keep him from his birthright. He is the Lord of Bebbanburg, but he will need all the skills he has learned in a lifetime of war to make his dream come true.
©2016 Bernard Cornwell (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
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Critic Reviews

Praise for Bernard Cornwell:
"Like Game of Thrones, but real." (Observer)
"Blood, divided loyalties and thundering battles." (The Times)
"Strong narrative, vigourous action and striking characterisation, Cornwell remains king of the territory he has staked out as his own." (Sunday 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)
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By C. Ian Keay on 02-05-17

Another winner

A compelling story, wonderfully performed by Matt Bates. I need more of these stories from Bernard Cornwell!

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By Nigel A. on 10-30-16

A fine ending to a long tale.

Well narrated and a fine story to finish Utred's journey. Although who knows if it's the end ;-)



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By Vaan on 11-22-16

Is this the end?

Loved it but does the saga finish here? I do hope not! It is brilliantly read with some great accents.

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By Judy on 01-02-17

Another brilliant story

Where does The Flame Bearer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I adore the Uhtred series. I could be a Shield Maiden! I do more housework/gardening when listening to this series, than at any other time. Almost do anything to plug in and escape.

What did you like best about this story?

There is a cynical humour and an earthiness but at the same time, I feel that there is a lot of well-researched knowledge in the stories. There is a flow that picks me up and sweeps me along, almost breathless.

Which character – as performed by Matt Bates – was your favourite?

Matt Bates is Uhtred! as soon as I hear his voice, he transports me to Anglo-Saxon England.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Lots of times.

Any additional comments?

Please tell me that this isn't the last in the series!!!

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By Richard on 08-17-17

Is This The End?

Great narration, one of the best. Bernard Cornwell is the king of historical fiction, I love all his books and this is no exception. Is this the final of this series? My one gripe, if it is then I found it a little anti-climatic, after what has been essentially a ten book lead in. But that is a small quibble, I really liked the story, and the secondary characters, which seem to have enlarged in scope as the main protagonist gets older, it's a realistic portrayal.

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By Gordon on 10-19-16

At last the legend ends

Would you consider the audio edition of The Flame Bearer to be better than the print version?

I did not know the book was out (which I will buy) so Ive listened first a bit arsey versey but anyhow it was great. I even had earphones in, in class and i'm a lecturer!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Finnan

What does Matt Bates bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The ability to do other things whilst listening.<br/>Plus Matt's accents make it seem more real.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Possibly when the bad guy's were sneaking in the back way but if you mean like a child getting cancer "moved" me it's not that kind of book.

Any additional comments?

Great book, Great Reading.

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