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The Flame Bearer (The Last Kingdom Series, Book 10) Kindle Edition
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Praise for THE FLAME BEARER:
‘This is the best series Cornwall has written in an impressive career, and The Flame Bearer, which is as clever as it is bloody, holds its own.’
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--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Bernard Cornwell was born in London, raised in Essex and worked for the BBC for eleven years before meeting Judy, his American wife. Denied an American work permit he wrote a novel instead and has been writing ever since. He and Judy divide their time between Cape Cod and Charleston, South Carolina.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B01CZ6MFRM
- Publisher : HarperCollins (6 October 2016)
- Language : English
- File size : 1341 KB
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- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
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- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 305 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,402 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Uhtred has lost a bit of spark with age and the older/younger generation banter feels pretty thin.
I guess if you've come this far you're going to read it but starting with lower expectations might make it a better ride.
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The series started very promisingly. After all, Cornwell is a great writer of historical fiction, and Uhtred is an interesting and likeable character. However, after the first few books, several successive volumes were really very repetitive. Yes, they meshed with historical figures and events, but effectively each story had basically the same premise. After coming to the rescue at the end of the previous book, Uhtred is sent away again, because he's a pagan, a problem, an outsider. Then trouble comes, and he's finally recalled and saves the day. Oh, there are tales in between, mainly around his attempts to recapture his ancestral lands and castle, but sometimes I wondered if I was re-reading a book I'd already read.
This volume has Uhtred nearer to his goal of retaking Bebbanberg, but events intervene, and he has other promises to honour before he can return home. Pleasingly, this story has more of the originality and inventiveness we normally associate with Cornwell. One or two new characters appear who bring some much needed depth and one or two older participants prepare to leave the stage. The action is as real as always, and the politics and religious skulduggery are all there.
As usual, one cannot fault the author's writing; Cornwell is a master of his art (or he has an exceptional editor). His writing flows, leading you from page to page, from scene to scene, without you being aware of the passage of time. The threads of the story overlap and interweave seamlessly. The problem for me, even in this improved episode, is that I no longer really care about the characters. There is no longer any real suspense.
This is the best of the recent entries in the series. I will probably read the next volume, but I'm certainly not waiting with baited breath, as I was when the series began. I'm not sure how many books are left before poor old Uhtred can rest his tired bones, but I sincerely hope it's soon. I think Cornwell owes him some peace.
*You can read all my reviews in full on my blog. The link is on my profile page.*
My daughter-in-law keeps saying to me 'how can you read all this violent stuff?' but life was more violent then. The king rode into battle, usually, at the head of his army. As Mr Cornwell keeps saying, you could smell your enemy's breath and, if you were injured, you probably died. With a tiny bit of imagination, you can fight in the shieldwall with Uhtred and feel the terror of it. Nowadays, Uhtred would probably be really successful in Mergers and Acquisitions and no actual blood would be spilt! But he's a really smart, kind, loyal man and he's so easy to identify with and to root for. I love these books to bits and I hope he lives forever!