Warriors of the Storm
The Last Kingdom Series Book 9
Ragnall Ivarson – a savage pirate king – has abandoned his lands in Ireland and declared that fate has granted him Britain. Among his allies is Brida, once the young Uhtred’s lover, now an embittered widow with warriors, a fortress and a fiery hatred of Christians and Uhtred.
Often against his will, Uhtred has long been ensnared in the battle for the kingdoms of Britain. Now his family is caught up too – horribly so. He faces enemies feared for their cruelty. But Uhtred’s pagan heart burns for revenge…
Author: Bernard Cornwell
A fragile peace is about to be broken…
King Alfred’s son Edward and formidable daughter, Æthelflaed, rule Wessex, Mercia and East Anglia. But all around the restless Northmen, eyeing the rich lands and wealthy churches, are mounting raids.
Uhtred of Bebbanburg, the kingdoms’ greatest warrior, controls northern Mercia from the strongly fortified city of Chester. But forces are rising up against him. Northmen allied to the Irish, led by the fierce warrior Ragnall Ivarson, are soon joined by the Northumbrians, and their strength could prove overwhelming. Despite the gathering threat, both Edward and Æthelflaed are reluctant to move out of the safety of their fortifications. But with Uhtred’s own daughter married to Ivarson’s brother, who can be trusted?
In the struggle between family and loyalty, between personal ambition and political commitment, there will be no easy path. But a man with a warrior’s courage may be able to find it. Such a man is Uhtred,and this may be his finest hour.
“Blood, divided loyalties and thundering battles.” The Times
“A virtuoso of historical fiction.” Sunday Telegraph
“Strong narrative, vigorous action and striking characterisation, Cornwell remains king of the territory he has staked out as his own.” Sunday Times
“This is typical Cornwell, meticulously researched, massive in scope, brilliant in execution.” News of the World