The Empty Throne (2020)

The Empty Throne Bernard Cornwell The Empty Throne This eighth entry in New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell s epic Saxon Tales series brings to life the harrowing and turbulent tale of a nation torn apart by sectarian and religious stri
  • Title: The Empty Throne
  • Author: Bernard Cornwell
  • ISBN: 9780007504176
  • Page: 408
  • Format: Paperback
The Empty Throne Bernard Cornwell This eighth entry in New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell s epic Saxon Tales series brings to life the harrowing and turbulent tale of a nation torn apart by sectarian and religious strife, a political struggle dominated by dynastic rivalries, and the remarkable strength that elevates some characters above their time The reigning king of historical fiction This eighth entry in New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell s epic Saxon Tales series brings to life the harrowing and turbulent tale of a nation torn apart by sectarian and religious strife, a political struggle dominated by dynastic rivalries, and the remarkable strength that elevates some characters above their time The reigning king of historical fiction USA Today My name is Uhtred I am the son of Uhtred, who was the son of Uhtred Britain, early tenth century AD a time of change There are new raids by the Vikings from Ireland, and turmoil among the Saxons over the leadership of Mercia A younger generation is taking over thelred, the ruler of Mercia, is dying, leaving no legitimate heir The West Saxons want their king, but Uhtred has long supported Athelflaed, sister to King Edward of Wessex and widow of Aethelred Widely loved and respected, Athelflaed has all the makings of a leader but could Saxon warriors ever accept a woman as their ruler The stage is set for rivals to fight for the empty throne Uhtred is still suffering from the wounds he received in battle To recover his strength he needs to find the sword that caused the injury, but lost amid the battle s blood and mud, how could it be traced and who among the Vikings or Saxons might be holding it In the end it is one champion, one hero, who will destroy the new Viking threat to Mercia and ultimately decide the fate of England.With this eighth entry in the epic Saxon Tales series, we are reminded once again why New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell is the most prolific and successful historical novelist in the world today Wall Street Journal.
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  1. Bookdragon Sean

    Has Uhtred finally ran out of fight Uhtred was severely injured at the end of the last novel It is a wound that would kill off a lesser men But Uhtred is stronger than that Even in his old age he retains the courage of a warrior He seeks the blade that pierced his flesh in order to cure his ailment His pagan superstition demands that this will save his life thus, most of the novel is given over to an injured Uhtred trying to find a sword amongst the backdrop of a few nobles fighting over the thr [...]

  2. Terri

    I will never forget the day I turned those initial pages and started the very first book in the Warrior Chronicles Saxon Stories in the US for the very first time It was many years ago now and was the beginning of a wonderful journey for me.I had always been an avid reader Since I learned to read really, but I had never found my niche fiction genre I dabbled in fantasy fiction, I dipped my toe in horror, absorbed myself in crime thrillers, but it was not until I forged my way through the histori [...]

  3. Markus

    Coming back to Uhtred after reading tons of mediocre literature across all genres is like finding an oasis in a desert I was engrossed from the first sentence, and The Empty Throne brought back the joy of reading that I always lose a bit of when reading too many dreary books.However, there is no doubt that Bernard Cornwell is running out of plot and has to turn to half and half improvisation and rehashing of old storylines to keep the series going until the two inevitable final goals Uhtred s re [...]

  4. Jason Koivu

    Like books four and five in the GoT series, much of this book feels like housekeeping Perhaps I should say, hallkeeping or castlecleaning.I thought maybe in The Empty Throne our half Dane, half Saxon hero Uhtred of Bebbanburg might finally regain his lands and castle, but instead the story veers away from what it seemed to be leading up to and turned its focus on the bigger picture That s annoying, but perhaps it s for the best The get my castle back storyline was getting stale Besides, if he go [...]

  5. Nate

    thelhelm thelstan thelred ethelflaed thelwold thelfrith lfwynn lfl d lfadellThese are all characters in this book You fucking with me, Uncle Bernard An actual 10th century Anglo Saxon would have trouble telling all these names apart It s almost jarring when a character pops up whose name DOESN T start with an ash, like Edward or Brice Given that only one or two of these people probably actually appear in the Anglo Saxon Chronicle this reliance on the ash has to be a Cornwell thing, and it became [...]

  6. David Sven

    If you ve already read the other 7 books then this is of the same AWESOMENESS But I can t keep gushing every instalment.If you haven t read any of these books then all I want to say about this series is in my review of the last book hereTo be totally fair, the first few books were probably better as they were Uhtred s coming of badassery and from 4 or 5 onwards is just Uhtred being badass.Also, the series is now pretty episodic I m now convinced that Uhtred s never getting to Bebbanburg I was t [...]

  7. Vagner Stefanello

    Review in Portuguese from Desbravando Livros Essa resenha foi feita a partir da vers o brit nica, intitulada The Empty Throne, em outubro de 2014, data de lan amento do e book estrangeiro Depois, foi atualizada com imagens e nomes em portugu s em 12 06 2015, quando foram anunciadas a capa e a sinopse da nossa edi o brasileira.Com a morte de thelred pedindo para chegar ap s ser ferido gravemente na batalha final do ltimo livro, muitas artimanhas se desenrolam para definir quem ser o pr ximo coman [...]

  8. Andy

    I began this tale with trepidation fears of it being another filler akin to The Pagan LordAnd so it starts with a prologue to fill in the gaps from the previous tale at first you question if Uhtred still lives, then all becomes clear We have the usual politicking which takes us through the first third of the book then onto the adventure part where we have to get from A to B before X does all sounds very formulaic to those of us that have been here before, especially so those that found Pagan Lor [...]

  9. C.P. Lesley

    I liked it which is extraordinary when you consider that Bernard Cornwell s books are miles away from the kinds of books I normally read I ve read several of the Saxon Chronicles The Last Kingdom, Death of Kings, The Pagan Lord before this one and liked all of them There s just something about Uhtred, hard bitten warlord that he is, that makes him an appealing character His appreciation for strong women, perhaps, or his relentless honesty, including honesty about his own flaws Or perhaps it s hi [...]

  10. Beorn

    It always pains me a little to write disparagingly about a book by one of the authors who have most mesmerised me with other novels but hopefully as you read this review you ll empathise with why.Have you ever got the feeling that an author should have quit while he was ahead with a series and ended it at a certain point In other words, better to leave the audience hungry for than to keep going and sink, only slightly but noticeably, lower than the previous quality.Don t get me wrong, at this s [...]

  11. The Shayne-Train

    You know, it s a severely bittersweet feeling, for me, to finish a story about the incomparable Uhtred Uhtredson I love this series so much, when I complete the newest novel, it feels like I m sending my child off to her first day of school all over again.So why, a sane person may ask, do you read the damn books so quickly when they come out, Shayne old boy Well, I happen to have an answer to that THIS SERIES IS FUCKING PERFECT, AND I CAN T HELP IT.Not a single one has bored me Despite what I se [...]

  12. Rob

    Executive Summary This might be my favorite book in the series so far Or it could just be that after what was probably the weakest book, this one was just another solid entry It s hard to say, as I m now about a year removed from reading the first few books Either way, this series continues to be a lot of fun.Full ReviewUhtred is getting older, and perhaps a bit wiser, but he s still the same old Uthred After the end of the previous book, I wasn t sure what to expect here There is definitely a d [...]

  13. Erica

    This book is going to be a hard act to follow I m already having a hard time finding another one to read My words aren t as eloquent as most, but I loved this book Yes, I loved it I sleep with it at night and I kiss it before I go to sleep I think the description does a fine job of telling you what the book s about, but I will say that Uhtred s son and daughter are in the book a lot and so is Aethelflaed The end left me saying What the , then No way Do I have to wait another year for the next on [...]

  14. Lee Broderick

    Eight books into a seven book series, this could run and runI complained in my review of The Pagan Lord that it felt a lot like filler I now realise though, that that filler wasn t meant to draw out the series for one book but to promote a Doctor Who like capacity for regeneration of Cornwell s latest protagonist that I had tried to ignore I don t think that this is mere commercial exploitation, however much cynical me would like to suggest it I think Cornwell does have a genuine affection for [...]

  15. happy

    I found this latest entry to Mr Cornwell s Saxon Shores series somewhere in the middle of the series in quality It is formulaic Uthred hates the Christian Church, has good battle sequences, and Uthred is responsible for saving the Saxons Mericians from themselves and the Danes.Let me start with what I liked The prologue, it is written is his son s voice and I thought was well done When I read it, my reaction was that the story was about to change main characters it doesn t In the novel itself, U [...]

  16. Krista Baetiong Tungol

    Uhtred says that there will come a time when his people s children will know peace, but for now, they will first have to learn how to draw swords and stand in shield walls and defend their families and lands Because war is still far from over Mercia has just lost its ruler and is in turmoil Another war is brewing Lands and lives are still not safe The Saxons have spent most of their lifetime fighting off enemies from distant lands, but this time around, their war is not just set out against a ne [...]

  17. Mark Harrison

    Stonking, battle filled fest and great return to form Uthred tries to help fill the empty throne of Mercia battling many Saxon factions, raiding Norsemen, his own injuries and his very feisty daughter a solid addition to the cast Lots of action, lots of familiar characters and just a rollicking good read amongst the best of the series.

  18. Lisa

    Well I dragged it out as long as I could, but I ve finished it It s easy to say I loved it, because I have loved all of them I love Bernard Cornwells writing, and haven t read anything I don t like yet Uhtred is such a great character He is the bloke you want at your campfire, telling you stories, as well as at your back He is the bloke that everyone hovers around at the party He has the charisma, the certain something that makes you love or hate him And if you hate him it s usually because you [...]

  19. Susan Johnson

    4.5 stars This is not my favorite book in the Saxon series but Uhtred is alive and suffering from the wounds he received in Pagan Lord No matter what he does, he just can t seem to recover so he must rely on others than he does In the best scenes in the book, in my opinion, are him establishing a relationship with his son, Uhtred, and his daughter, Stiorra, who is a big surprise to her father Aethelred finally dies yippee and Uhtred must step in to protect Aethelflead s, the widow, rights What [...]

  20. Patricia Bracewell

    Cornwell s previous novel, THE PAGAN LORD, ended on a brilliantly written cliff hanger He s followed that up with a just as brilliant opening for THE EMPTY THRONE When it comes to darned fine story telling, nobody does it better.The empty throne of the title is that of Mercia, and much of this story has to do with the intrigue and treachery around the selection of Mercia s new ruler It s Saxon vs Saxon this time, although the Vikings make a special guest appearance There are battles, ship burnin [...]

  21. Ctgt

    So Uhtred is back to his old self, hating the church, kicking ass taking names and his kids are growing upd they are both kinda badass in their own way Great return to form.8 10

  22. Stephen

    back to the series and the fallout and tensions after the battle of tettenhall and frictions between mercia and Wessex cornwell delights us taking there to the welsh marches and chester where events lead onto conflicts and solutions where saxon in fighting encourages norse attacks doesn t disappoint

  23. Tosh

    Book 8 picks up to put the series back in motion I was taken off guard by the prologue, but quickly recovered after the first chapter and after remembering who drives the story Some power moves are being made and Uhtred is in the mix once again, trying to keep things in their proper place I was starting to wonder if the series might be on a downward spiral, but I had no need to worry Bernard Cornwell delivered This is a review of the whole series up until this point, as book 9 doesn t come out f [...]

  24. Susan

    Ok, spoiler alert Still no Bebbanburg, but Uhtred is still on his conflicted, blood soaked mission to save Alfred s dream of a united England For those who don t particularly care, the tale reels into the post Alfred age with all Uhtred s reckless abandon, with readers alongside in breathless expectancy, a bit drunk on finding the Uhtred is back Fortunately Uhtred seems to have matured, after his long injury and enforced rest, Uhtred is back, using his decisiveness and strategic thinking rather [...]

  25. Mark D

    old review, actual one below line I don t have the book yet, but just read the Prologue I don t care this book will be a 5 5at ending made me so happy.And yes, it looks like its told from Uhtred son of Uhtred aka Osbert POV or at least the Prologue is I m so looking forward to seeing how he sees both his Father and the people around him we ve come to know for 7 books His fear of Aethelflaed was interesting to see, from Uhtreds POV we always saw her not as coldbut cunning and wise I guess But fro [...]

  26. Tammy

    The only other book I ve finished this quickly was Mark Lawrence s Prince of Thorns The Empty Throne is definitely one of the highs of what has been an amazing series.

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