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Publisher's Summary

The number one Sunday Times best seller

In the final reckoning, choose your side carefully....

The epic conclusion to the globally best-selling historical series, coming October 2020. 

After years fighting to reclaim his rightful home, Uhtred of Bebbanburg has returned to Northumbria. With his loyal band of warriors and a new woman by his side, his household is secure – yet Uhtred is far from safe. Beyond the walls of his impregnable fortress, a battle for power rages. To the south, King Æthelstan has unified the three kingdoms of Wessex, Mercia and East Anglia – and now eyes a bigger prize. 

To the north, King Constantine and other Scottish and Irish leaders seek to extend their borders and expand their dominion. Caught in the eye of the storm is Uhtred. Threatened and bribed by all sides, he faces an impossible choice: stay out of the struggle, risking his freedom, or throw himself into the cauldron of war and the most terrible battle Britain has ever experienced. 

Only fate can decide the outcome. The epic story of how England was made concludes in War Lord, the magnificent finale to the Last Kingdom series.

©2020 Bernard Cornwell (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the critics say

"Cornwell superfans should look out." (BBC History Magazine)

"England’s creation story finally comes to an epic conclusion." (History Revealed)

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The End of an Era

I’m bereft!! Having just finished the last instalment of the Uhtred of Bebbingberg saga, I feel as if I’ve lost a friend. Thank you Bernard Cornwell for all the joy.

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Thank You Mr. Cornwell

Loved and would always love to hear more. I have truly enjoyed the education while being completely entertained. I have made it point to seek out many of the battle fields described in your books and thank you for placing us on this informative journey.

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Fantastic Ending to the Last Kingdom Series

Great ending to the entire series. I have read every one of the books starting with The Last Kingdom and this one is as good as the others. I would recommend them all as well is the Netflix series.
The narration of this final book is outstanding. is outstanding.

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Excellent end to the tales of Uthred.

Loved this as the last book. Character's stay true but grow amidst new life experiences.

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Happy and sad at the same time

I loved this series right from the first page of the first book. Thirteen books later it is still entertaining. Matt Bates was perfect for this series. Thank Mr. Cromwell for the many hours of entertainment and history. I would love to see a continuing of the next son of Utred and the possible adventures he could have .... hint hint

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A conclusion of masterpiece

I have listened to all of Cornwell’s Last Kingdom Series now. And I must say, they are nothing short of a masterpiece. Every book transcends into the next and the next thereafter. Because of the weight behind his last 12 books, I was expecting “War Lord” to be no less than magnificent. My expectations were met in a vivid experience which Matt Bates brought to life.

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great end to the series

the last kingdom is definitely one of the best series out there, highly recommend 👌

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Outstanding

This is book #13 of the Saxon Chronicles/Last Kingdom series, and the final book of that series. While I have hard copies of the prior 12 books this was so well narrated that I now want to aquire them as audiobooks as well. For those familiar with Cornwell's works there is a special treat near the end as the author himself narrates the Historical Note ( somthing found at the end of most of his works ). If you're wondering why I have the other 12 in hardcopy and this is my first audioversion, The hard copy does not release in Canada for 3 more weeks. And the story is so good i did not want to wait.

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  • Nicole
  • 2020-10-17

One of the best in the series

My favorite books in this series have been: Death of Kings (despite terrible narration), The Pagan Lord, and The Empty Throne and now I can easily add War Lord to my list of favorites in the series. I found War Lord to be one of the best in the series, so that makes for a wonderful conclusion to the story of Uhtred.

I love the title even more after finishing the book. It was not difficult to say goodbye to all the characters that I have come to love through the years and I don't have that dreaded sadness that comes to a series finale- I think because this book was such a satisfying conclusion to an epic story that I just want to start from the beginning and do it all again.

This book does have our usual oaths (questionable and steadfast), new characters and ones from the past, deception of people and plots, intrigue, and a hefty dose of all emotions. This book truly has it all.

The call backs to earlier characters and battles was just enough to make you realize that this is the end and of course these things would be going through Uhtred's mind especially at this stage in his life. I was not disappointed in the end or the epilogue - wonderful how the author made this come full circle. I often wondered how or if the author would tie back to the very beginning of the series and I was not disappointed.

I have to add that all the secondary characters that come to life throughout this series (and this book) plus all the laughter and tears I've shed during these 13 books makes this series my favorite and Uhtred my favorite character. Do not miss out on this series - highly entertaining and very enjoyable.

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  • Joseph
  • 2020-10-16

Incredible conclusion

Ties together 12 other books in a very satisfying way. Makes all 12 books better.

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  • J Collin Strickland
  • 2020-10-18

A Nice Bow...

This final installment of “The Last Kingdom” did a good job of tying up most of the story threads from prior books and out a nice bow on top. While certainly not one of the most compelling entry in the series, a mediocre Cornwell effort is still better than most. The only narration complaint I have is with the pronunciation of “seax”. The word is pronounced “sax” in English or very much like “sex” in French. If I had heard “SAY AX” one...more...time...

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  • Karl 0.
  • 2021-01-13

The grand final

I have read all your books in this series. Great work, that has provided days of enjoyable entertainment. Being a modern norseman myself, having grown up in a landscape full of burial mounds for viking warriors, it is interesting to read the other side of the story. History could easily have looked different.

Thank you for writing this series.

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  • Randypelton2
  • 2021-01-01

uhtred at his finest

a great end to a great saga great twist and turns uhtred kicks ass even when hes old as dirt finans the man citrik is back

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020-10-17

A good ending.

It is Bernard Cornwell so you know its good.
A good ending to a great series.

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  • Pete
  • 2021-02-28

love love love this series

by far one of my favorite series. if you are reading for a review of this particular book you should know by now that Bernaed Cornwell delivers. the end.

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  • Ladyofleisure
  • 2021-02-17

Perfect End to a glorious Journey!

Every Book in the series was well written and this conclusion was no different. Great Ending.

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  • Brittnicpick
  • 2021-02-16

I just wish he would have died

So Mr.Cornwell didn't give me the closure I expected from him in this series ending. I figured that Utred's son would have been speaking in the epilog like he did at the beginning of the empty throne. unless he is planning a new set of books following him. but I doubt that.

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  • Nellie Petit-Louis
  • 2021-02-13

In two days

If I did not have daily responsibilities, I may have been able to complete this book in one seating. The War Lord will take you back in time. This narrator was new to me and took me a moment to adjust to his voice. However, he did not disappoint. It’s an excellent read and recommend it to others.