The Flame Bearer

The Flame Bearer

Book - 2016
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The next installment of Bernard Cornwell s bestselling series chronicling the epic saga of the making of England, "like Game of Thrones , but real" ( Observer , London) the basis for The Last Kingdom , the hit television series coming to Netflix in Fall 2016.

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 only be approached 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 a truce. And so England s greatest warrior, Uhtred of Bebbanburg, at last has the chance to take back the home his traitorous uncle stole 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 birth right. 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. The latest chapter in Bernard Cornwell s "violent, absorbing historical saga," The Flame Bearer confirms Bernard Cornwell s title as "perhaps the greatest writer of historical adventure novels today" ( Washington Post ).

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Publisher: New York, NY :, Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2016]
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780062250780
0062250787
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 284 pages : illustration ; 24 cm

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JDCage
Nov 26, 2017

I would like to thank whoever checked this out and then returned it before the two weeks was up. Kudos.

Sincerely,

A Person on the Wait List

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JBFARRELL
Nov 21, 2017

This is Cornwell's 10th book in this series and probably the one with the least historical value although Cornwell always explains his variations from history in the interests of a good story.

Uhtred of Bebbanburg, at last, takes steps to recover Bebbanburg castle as he has been promising to do for the last nine books. This book was worth it for that alone. The political maneuvering, deceit, and battles, of Saxon Britain are here as well.

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Blabbermouth
Oct 24, 2017

Yep good conclusion. Is this the conclusion? Uhtred is still my hero. Near the end of the book Uhtred says we have fought from the south coast of Wessex to the northern wilds, from the ocean to the sea, and we have never been beaten. So exciting!! This one is part of the whole & leads us to the thought that when Bernard Cornwell sets out to write a series he does a fine fine job of it.

Cornwell does it again. A rip-roaring yarn of the 10th century. Our hero is an "ancient of days," but still acquits himself well in a battle. What is fascinating is the way he outwits his enemies. He is a great strategist, and his insights into the mercenary nature of the Christian church and most of its members are delightful.

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zipread
Feb 09, 2017

The Flame Bearer. By Bernard Cornwell. Bernard Cornwell is an accomplished author of historical fiction who writes in three quite distinct genres. The most extensive is the story of Richard Sharpe, a sharpshooter, set in the Napoleonic Wars. He has also written a number of novels that do not make up any part of any series, the favourite of which is “Agincourt”. And then there are his novels set in ninth century Britain, in that era where the Norsemen and the Angles are vying for control of what is to become England.
No need to tell you about the plot except to say there’s gut and gore aplenty and to suggest that no one writes a battle with sea axes, spears, swords, shields more exquisitely than Cornwell.
This is the most recent of Cornwell’s novel. What a pleasant surprise to see it come up on my “ to read list”.

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JeffBowman
Feb 05, 2017

I too have been a fan of the series....I have to say this one wasn't up to the task. Very scripted, predictable, and yes boring. Maybe 70-80 pages of action and the rest a re-hash of what's been said before - Still a fan and am looking forward to the next. Everything can't be five star and this one proves the case. I got a feeling the publisher is making a lot of $$ and just wants product mediocre as is - Next one will be better.

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Eosos
Jan 26, 2017

What to say, when this is the 10th book in a series I obviously enjoy.
It's not my favorite, I thought it a little rushed and a little easy and a little, well, boring really. Everything just seems to go so swimmingly for Uhtred in this one, that's not the man I'm used to, he's always in trouble, or trying to get out of trouble or creating more trouble. Not predicting his enemies moves with such accuracy and succeeding in everything he tries.
But I shouldn't complain, I still like him and the story and the series. I look forward to more.

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grandmasunnianne
Jan 20, 2017

It would be a good idea to link the television series based on these books so that fans could more easily access

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jazpur
Dec 18, 2016

Of course... I could hardly wait for this one to be published.. Bernard Cornwell is a superb narrator who can be guaranteed to give the full flavour of the history of C9 ununited Britain in this Last Kingdom series.Uhtred's attitude to early Christians is practical. Very gory skirmishes.Slashing and burning in the extreme. A riveting read.

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