The Empty Throne - Bernard Cornwell

The Empty Throne

By Bernard Cornwell

  • Release Date: 2015-01-06
  • Genre: Historical
Our rating: 5/5 stars

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This eighth entry in New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell's epic Saxon Tales series brings to life the harrowing and turbulent tale of a nation torn apart by sectarian and religious strife, a political struggle dominated by dynastic rivalries, and the remarkable strength that elevates some characters above their time.

 “My name is Uhtred. I am the son of Uhtred, who was the son of Uhtred . . .”

Britain, early tenth century AD: a time of change. There are new raids by the Vikings from Ireland, and turmoil among the Saxons over the leadership of Mercia. A younger generation is taking over.

Æthelred, the ruler of Mercia, is dying, leaving no legitimate heir. The West Saxons want their king, but Uhtred has long supported Æthelflaed, sister to King Edward of Wessex and widow of Æthelred. Widely loved and respected, Æthelflaed has all the makings of a leader—but could Saxon warriors ever accept a woman as their ruler? The stage is set for rivals to fight for the empty throne.

Uhtred is still suffering from the wounds he received in battle. To recover his strength he needs to find the sword that caused the injury, but lost amid the battle’s blood and mud, how could it be traced and who among the Vikings or Saxons might be holding it?

In the end it is one champion, one hero, who will destroy the new Viking threat to Mercia and ultimately decide the fate of England.

With this eighth entry in the epic Saxon Tales series, we are reminded once again why New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell is “the most prolific and successful historical novelist in the world today” (Wall Street Journal).

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More Reviews

  • Uhtred....as always the ultimate pagan!

    4
    By Oznobdr
    Another great book by Cromwell, one day Lord Uhtred will die and leave us... But still he fights on and I very much enjoy his adventures....
  • Bad Characters

    1
    By Nicks The Name
    Not the characters in the book, the characters on the page. The text is full of the Unicode Unknown Character glyph—�. Can you imagine proof galleys for the physical book containing errors like this? Would be considered gross incompetence, wouldn't it? Couldn't even make it through the preview. Oh, I'll read it, but I'll just wait until it shows up at the local used book store. Be cheaper than the $13 bucks Apple wants for their artless, soulless e(rror)Book.
  • The Empty Throne

    5
    By Buzz001
    Cornwell fans will not be disappointed by this latest installment of The Saxon Tales. The usual elements are present, enemies within and without, dire situations requiring the aging but as yet unconquered Uhtred to use the entirety his guile and skill to survive. Assisting him is his daughter Stiorra who emerges as a clever and forceful presence. A quick satisfying page turner that will leave the reader eager for the next installment. Enjoy!
  • Typical Cromwell

    5
    By Beauchicken
    One more story from the Saxon tales. Extremely gripping very true to life in regard to battle scenes and how life was back then and Uhtred the warrior continues to be portrayed as I think one of Cromwell's best characters in all his different series.
  • They Just Better Each Time

    5
    By Need Weather Fast
    A Bernard Cornwell novel is like an amazing vacation. In the beginning, excitement runs high as you embark on the first few pages, much like day one of a much anticipated holiday. Each chapter brings new adventure and then before you know it the time has come to a close and you find yourself longing for more. A great vacation inspires you to want to do it all over again much like The Empty Throne. Can't wait for the next one!
  • The Empthy Throne

    5
    By Patrick O'Dea
    Simply amazing from the begining all the years ago to the most recent masterpeice The Empty Throne.

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