Sword of Kings (The Saxon Stories, #12) by Bernard Cornwell

Sword of Kings (The Saxon Stories, #12)

His blood is SaxonHis heart is VikingHis battleground is EnglandIt is a time of political turmoil once more as the fading King Edward begins to lose control over his successors and their supporters. There are two potential heirs—possibly more—and doubt over whether the once separate states of Wessex and Mercia will hold together . Despite attempts at pulling him into the political fray, Uhtred of Bebbanburg cares solely about his beloved Nort...

Details Sword of Kings (The Saxon Stories, #12)

TitleSword of Kings (The Saxon Stories, #12)
Release DateNov 26th, 2019
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction

Reviews Sword of Kings (The Saxon Stories, #12)

  • Lucia
    Not many authors are able to write 12 books series and still keep it engaging and thrilling read. Bernard Cornwell can. The Saxon Stories is the best historical fiction series I have ever read and my fascination with main character Uhtred grows with every instalment. If you are new to this series, do yourself a favor and give it a chance as soon as possible. (You may read my spoiler-free review of previous books here.) If you are familiar with ou...
  • Sarah
    I’m a little depressed after finishing this. I just realized I have to wait at least another year for a new Uhtred book. Also – I think the tone of these books is getting darker.In Sword of Kings, Uhtred is called upon for help from Edward’s queen, Eadigfu. She believes Aethelhem and her step-son Aelfweard are plotting against her and her children. She sends for Uhtred, seeking his protection against their mutual enemies. And Uhtred, feelin...
  • Ace
    October 3Uhtred is back baby. Oaths to honour, damsels in distress and a bloody, stinky, shield wall. I'm fairly certain I could read another 10 of these, keep 'em coming Mr Cornwell.
  • Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
    Well here I am I’m finally caught up with the saga of Uhtred of Bebbanburg! This installment was actually really enjoyable & the whole series has become a bit of a comfort read for me over the last two years. I’m sad there isn’t more waiting for me but I’ll do my best to be patient while Mr. Cornwell writes more about my dude & his crazy adventures!
  • Bill Lynas
    Bernard Cornwell's legendary creation Uhtred of Bebbanburg returns for the 12th novel in The Last Kingdom series.Cornwell brings us the usual mixture of historical fact & fiction, wonderful characters (old & new) & superb action. After only a few pages I already felt totally immersed in Uhtred's world. As Uhtred gets older he finds it harder to fight, but with his trusty weapons (Serpent Breath & Wasp Sting) he is still a force to be reckoned wit...
  • Susan Johnson
    Oh my goodness. Uhtred is back and in one of the best books of the series. It reminded me why I fell in love with him. It is action packed and Uhtred is at his most cunning. When he leads 180 men against 2000 in Lundene (London), I held my breath the entire time. The story is full of battles and skirmishes and even a humiliating episode for Uhtred. It has everything. I have to admit that I didn't know much about English history except for the Tud...
  • Donna
    This book is #12 in the Saxon Stories series. Oh, how I have enjoyed these books. What fun! They have all been 4-5 stars for me. I love Uhtred, his story, and his mission. I like that even though he is guided by some inner moral code, he still manages to do the unexpected. Every time I read the next one, I often wonder where the next one will go....I feel the same with this one. But the author, Bernard Cornwell, is a master at dropping bread crum...
  • Stephen
    enjoyed this latest in the series and doesn't disappoint in the development of england birth and Alfred's dream
  • Terri
    review to come
  • Benj
    I found this book a bit of a non-event, I'm afraid. Nothing happened that hadn't already happened in all the previous books, and nothing really moved forward in the history of the developing English kingdom. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed reading it, but it felt more like a place-holder.I was struck by a thought, though. Uhtred took part in Alfred's decisive battle of Edington in 878 AD (in The Pale Horseman). This books takes place in the year th...
  • Tracey
    Loved getting back into the world of Uhtred of Bebbanburg. Another brilliant story with skirmishes and battles and Uhtred ultimately having to save the day. The only negative being it’s a quick read so another long wait for the next book!
  • Sherrie
    Uhtred of Bebbenburg is back, older but I don't think wiser, but still fighting for what he believes is right. Enjoyed this, book 12 of the series, wonder how many to come before he is too old to fight and has to retire!
  • augusto buchweitz
    Uthred gets older, and the story ages like wine with him. Can’t wait for the next book and the fate of Northumbria!!
  • David
    The latest (at the time of writing) in Bernard Cornwell's series of books about the making of England, and we're now a lifetime on from Alfred (the Great's) death, with Alfred himself being a key player in those earlier books.However, Uhtred is still tied to Alfred's family by various oaths he has made over the years, with one such oath causing him to leave his (reclaimed) homeland of Northumbria, and in particular Bebbanburg, and travel south in...
  • Juan Gallardo Ivanovic
    Troubles, bad decisions and fulfilled oathsOctober/November normally marks the season of another Saxon Stories novel. This time Uhtred has to endure and struggle bad omens, wrong decisitions and primarily, an oath that are the nails on the coffin for Nothumbria's fate. On the first chapters, our pagan Lord will learn that Wessex Earldorman and enemy, Aethelhem is plotting to kill him. Also, as King Edward is dying, Aethelhem is moving the pieces ...
  • Adam Ranger
    Maybe 4.5 stars if I could give half ratings.I have followed this series of books for many years now since the first one was published. I love te characters and the time period it is set in. A time of change, Saxons VIkings, Kingdoms vs Kingdoms as lords via for power during the creation of what we now call England.Some of the past few books have left me feeling a bit short changed and did not seem to have a story. But this 12 instalment is back ...
  • Larry
    As an avid series reader, I thought this episode, #12, was OK, but far from my favorite. (I don’t think a new reader would appreciate it.) Cornwell seems to be striving for ‘new’ observations of the time. He provides more information about shipping, ship-to-ship battles, the life of female slaves and, as always, the living conditions, customs, etc. All-in-all, violence ruled. With all of the politics involved, i.e. ‘who’s the king now?...
  • Wes Brown
    Bernard Cornwell is probably the finest writer of battles and fights that I have read. Uhtred of Bebbanberg is one of my favorite characters in all fiction and this series of books has never felt like they have dragged on or gone stale. Another brilliant episode in the story of the making of England and the ultimate pagan warlord caught up in it.... Excellent
  • Connie
    A man of his word, Uhtred of Bebbanburg has made an oath to 'King in waiting' Aethelstan, and with King Edward now dying, the time has come to fulfil that oath.Bernard Cornwell is a master storyteller so these books still feel fresh - this is book 12 in The Last Kingdom series - and I'm sure I stopped breathing on more than one occasion.
  • Tyler
    Maybe 4.5 stars, if that was an option. Its still great, still love Cornwall and Uhtred but maybe it’s a book I’ll need to revisit after reading the other books together. It just wasn’t a knock it out of the park book 🤷🏻♂ Maybe 4.5 stars, if that was an option. Its still great, still love Cornwall and Uhtred but maybe it’s a book I’ll need to revisit after reading the other books together. It just wasn’t a knock it out of th...
  • Wai Zin
    I'm a really big fan of Bernard Cornwell. But this book, it's just an Ok book for me. As usual battle scenes are very vivid. And I really enjoy sea battle.But story line is nothing to be thrill about. My opinion only, this series is stretching a bit too far.
  • Jo
    Sword of Kingsby Bernard CornwellThis is an historical adventure on a grand scale, its The Game of Thrones, but set in10th century England.Uhtred, is a fierce strategist and mighty warrior who has served his king dutifully, even though he didn't particularly approve of him or his actions.He believes in the old gods and distrust the pious ways of church who manipulate the king, his beliefs allow him to live the life of a warrior warlord. Sword o...
  • Amanda
    I have a little confession to make. Even though I have got several of Bernard’s books on my ‘to be read’ mountain, I haven’t actually read one yet………….until now that is. This Ginger Book Geek is a bit of a history nerd but admittedly I usually read historical fiction that is a bit more modern and recent than that featured in Bernard’s books. That said my late father was a huge fan of Bernard’s work and we had a similar taste i...
  • M.J.
    I sometimes feel that this series of books has long since run its course, but Sword of Kings, Book 12, had me intrigued just from reading the blurb.Lord Uhtred has firmly moved into a time period I know, study and write about, and while sometimes it's hard to read the way another person treats 'your' characters, I thoroughly enjoyed the starkly different interpretation of events surrounding King Edward's death, because, quite simply, there is no ...
  • Red Ink Book Reviews
    As we start another adventure with Uhtred, Lord of Bebbanburg, I am excited but also hoping this isn’t the last of his adventures. Though judging by his likely age now, I am worried we are coming the end for the great lord Uhtred.Unlike the author’s last couple of books, this one really kept up the pace throughout the story. He also didn’t seem to get lost and loose himself in the telling of the story.Poor Uhtred finds himself having to hon...
  • Emma Cox
    Uhtred is a man who’s life has been bound by oaths. King Edward is dying, and he vowed an oath that on his death he will kill two men. Uhtred would rather stay in Bebbanburg, his ancestral home he fought hard to win back. He knows he is leading his men on a fool’s errand. However, the only thing you can take with you in death is reputation, and Uhtred of Bebbanburg will not be remembered as an oath breaker. But fate is inexorable...I’ve fol...
  • Jennifer (JC-S)
    ‘And if a man breaks an oath he has no honour.’As the tenth century marches on, Uhtred is now an old man. He’s living at Bebbanburg, the home he fought so hard to win back. He’d rather stay at Bebbanburg, but he swore an oath. King Edward is dying, he’s losing control over those who might succeed him and their supporters. There are at least two potential heirs, and doubt about whether Wessex and Mercia will remain together. Uhtred swore...
  • Geoff Boxell
    Well, this number 12 in the series is better than number 11, which seemed a mite forced.Yes, it follows Cornwell's pattern of battles at beginning and end and a dual with a formidable opponent as part of the final conflict but, it moves and moves so well: this is a book you sit down at the beginning of the day and do nothing else that day till it is read.I think all who know the period are interested and curious about how Edward the Elder's son A...