The Empty Throne
The Last Kingdom Series Book 8
Uhtred of Bebbanburg has reputation, riches, warriors, his son at his side and a persistent sword-wound which is slowly killing him.
Yet the pagan lord is on a difficult quest. Several, in fact. He is not only trying to rescue both a royal heir and his own daughter, but must also find the blade which wounded him.
Harder still, Uhtred seeks to put a woman on the throne of a British kingdom – against all tradition. He believes her to be the best hope against the Vikings rampaging in the north. For she is Aethelflaed, defender of Mercia and the woman Uhtred loves…
Author: Bernard Cornwell
In the battle for power, there can be only one ruler.
The ruler of Mercia is dying, leaving no apparent heir. His wife is a born leader, but no woman has ever ruled over an English kingdom. And she is without her greatest warrior and champion, Uhtred of Bebbanburg.
An empty throne leaves the kingdom exposed to rival West Saxons and to the Vikings, who are on a bloody rampage once more.
A hero is needed, a hero who has been in battle all his life, who can destroy the double threat to Mercia. A hero who will ultimately decide the fate of a nation…
“Cornwell is always in full command of his material.” Sunday Times
“Like GAME OF THRONES, but real.” Observer
“Tense, powerful, compulsive.” The Times
“So gripping that it rarely stops to catch a breath.” Daily Mail