The series is the story of England, and the battles between Danes and Saxons to determine who will rule the island. The first book is “The Last Kingdom.”
In the latest installment, our hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg, has let his temper get the best of him — again. After killing an abbott, Uhtred is cast out from his lands, which gives him the opportunity to pursue his dream of reclaiming his ancestral home in Northumbria.
And Uhtred, Danish raised and a believer in the Old Gods, will once again be asked to lead the forces of the Christian Saxon kingdoms in a battle against the Danes.
You won’t be able to put down the book during the final, climactic battle, which ends with Uhtred’s life hanging in the balance.
At 320 pages, this is among the shortest of the books, although none are lengthy tomes. It took me about three days to race through “The Pagan Lord,” which was just released at the beginning of January in the U.S.
If you enjoy history, a good tale and a quick read, pick up Cornwell’s Warrior Chronicles/Saxon Tales.