The Empty Throne

The Empty Throne

Book - 2014
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The eighth novel in Bernard Cornwell's number one bestselling series on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg.

In the battle for power, there can be only one ruler.

England is fractured, torn apart more by internal fighting than the threat of Viking invasion. The ruler of Mercia is dying, leaving no legitimate heir. His wife is a formidable fighter and great leader, but no woman has ever ruled over an English kingdom. And she is without her strongest warrior and champion, Uhtred of Bebbanburg. So the scene is set for an explosive battle between elders and warriors for an empty throne.

The vacant throne leaves a dangerous opportunity for the rival West Saxons to seize Mercia. But Edward of Wessex is distracted by the succession of his own throne, with two heirs claiming the right to be West Saxon king. And while the kingdoms are in disarray, the Vikings, this time coming from the west, will go on the rampage once more.

The very future of England hangs in the balance. A hero is needed, a hero who can destroy the threat to Mercia, a hero who will ultimately decide the fate of a nation...

Publisher: London :, Harper Collins Books,, 2014
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780007504169
Branch Call Number: F COR NVD
Characteristics: 302 pages ; 25 cm

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Mar 12, 2017

"The Empty Throne" is one of Cornwell's Ancient Warrior is, as any loyal reader of this series well knows, one of eight tales in this series. Cornwell, a prolific author of historical fiction that hews very close to historical fact, has written over 46 novels, thrillers all.
"The Empty Throne" is set in what was much later to become England at the conclusion of the ninth century in what, much later, was to become England. The invading Danes warred against the four divided English kingdoms. Pagans fought Christians who fought the followers of the Norse god Odin.
These were brutal times. These were the times of the sword, the sea axe, the lance and the shield wall.
Protagonist Lord Uhtred, holds centre stage. And Cornwell makes him a real person, not a cut-out. He is someone with whom we can identify even though we do not hold his sword.
One thing though: the names. It seems as though half the characters are Aethesomethings: Aethelflaed, Aethelhelm, Aethelred, and Aehthelstan: I was challenged.
As usual, Cornwell's writing is crisp and compelling: it virtually oozes blood and guts: the foes' that is.

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Eosos
Apr 01, 2015

Another good addition to Uhtred's story. I like that his children get a part in this chapter of the saga. I wish his daughter could have her own spin off series, I think she would make a wonderful main character.

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Blabbermouth
Mar 15, 2015

Good to read the 8th book in this series. The saxon tales has been a really fine read.

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LyndaLovelyWright
Mar 04, 2015

Not my genre, got confused with the similar names. didn't finish-hardly started.

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jazpur
Dec 14, 2014

I really enjoy Bernard Cornwell's writing about the turbulent times in the early days of British history prior to 1066 and The Empty Throne lives up to expectations.

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