Sword of Kings
The Last Kingdom Series Book 12
England is in turmoil as Vikings and Saxons battle for territory. Rumours build about the fatal sickness of the King, and the country awaits an heir.
A violent clash at sea forces the warrior lord Uhtred to lead his men from his Northumbrian fortress to London and plunge into the eye of the storm. For two kings claim the empty throne, and a new kingdom cannot be born without bloodshed.
Uhtred’s sword will leave one king dead and the other victorious. But sometimes it is hard to know the will of the gods…
Author: Bernard Cornwell
Uhtred of Bebbanburg is a man of his word.
An oath bound him to King Alfred. An oath bound him to Aethelflaed. And now an oath will wrench him away from the ancestral home he fought so hard to regain. For Uhtred has sworn that on King Edward’s death, he will kill two men. And now Edward is dying.
A violent attack drives Uhtred south with a small band of warriors, and headlong into the battle for kingship. Plunged into a world of shifting alliances and uncertain loyalties, he will need all his strength and guile to overcome the fiercest warrior of them all.
As two opposing kings gather their armies, fate drags Uhtred to London, and a struggle for control that must leave one King victorious, and one dead. But fate – as Uhtred has learned to his cost – is inexorable. Wyrd bid ful araed. And Uhtred’s destiny is to stand at the heart of the shield wall once again…
“Cornwell’s skill is in ageing his warrior-hero, who now creaks as he fights and is haunted by those he has loved and lost.” The Times
“The master still adding to his wonderful Saxon Chronicles.” Sunday Times Magazine
“Legendary…excellent storytelling, as ever.”