The Empty Throne

The Empty Throne The eighth installment of Bernard Cornwell s bestselling series chronicling the epic saga of the making of England like Game of Thrones but real The Observer London the basis for The Last Kingdom

  • Title: The Empty Throne
  • Author: Bernard Cornwell
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  • Page: 459
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  • The eighth installment of Bernard Cornwell s bestselling series chronicling the epic saga of the making of England, like Game of Thrones, but real The Observer, London the basis for The Last Kingdom, the hit BBC America television series 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 ThereThe eighth installment of Bernard Cornwell s bestselling series chronicling the epic saga of the making of England, like Game of Thrones, but real The Observer, London the basis for The Last Kingdom, the hit BBC America television series.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.When thelred, the ruler of Mercia, dies, he leaves no legitimate heir The West Saxons want their king, but Uhtred has long supported thelflaed, sister to King Edward of Wessex and widow of ethelred Widely loved and respected, thelflaed has all the makings of a leader but can Saxon warriors ever accept a woman as their ruler The stage is set for rivals to fight for the empty throne.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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    About “Bernard Cornwell”

    1. Bernard Cornwell

      Cornwell was born in London in 1944 His father was a Canadian airman, and his mother, who was English, a member of the Women s Auxiliary Air Force He was adopted and brought up in Essex by the Wiggins family, who were members of the Peculiar People, a strict Protestant sect who banned frivolity of all kinds and even medicine After he left them, he changed his name to his birth mother s maiden name, Cornwell.Cornwell was sent away to Monkton Combe School, attended the University of London, and after graduating, worked as a teacher He attempted to enlist in the British armed services at least three times but was rejected on the grounds of myopia.He then joined BBC s Nationwide and was promoted to become head of current affairs at BBC Northern Ireland He then joined Thames Television as editor of Thames News He relocated to the United States in 1980 after marrying an American Unable to get a green card, he started writing novels, as this did not require a work permit.As a child, Cornwell loved the novels of C.S Forester, chronicling the adventures of fictional British naval officer Horatio Hornblower during the Napoleonic Wars, and was surprised to find there were no such novels following Lord Wellington s campaign on land Motivated by the need to support himself in the U.S through writing, Cornwell decided to write such a series He named his chief protagonist Richard Sharpe, a rifleman involved in most major battles of the Peninsular War.Cornwell wanted to start the series with the Siege of Badajoz but decided instead to start with a couple of warm up novels These were Sharpe s Eagle and Sharpe s Gold, both published in 1981 Sharpe s Eagle was picked up by a publisher, and Cornwell got a three book deal He went on to tell the story of Badajoz in his third Sharpe novel, Sharpe s Company, published in 1982.Cornwell and wife Judy co wrote a series of novels, published under the pseudonym Susannah Kells These were A Crowning Mercy, published in 1983, Fallen Angels in 1984, and Coat of Arms aka The Aristocrats in 1986 Cornwell s strict Protestant upbringing informed the background of A Crowning Mercy, which took place during the English Civil War In 1987, he also published Redcoat, an American Revolutionary War novel set in Philadelphia during its 1777 occupation by the British.After publishing eight books in his ongoing Sharpe series, Cornwell was approached by a production company interested in adapting them for television The producers asked him to write a prequel to give them a starting point to the series They also requested that the story feature a large role for Spanish characters to secure co funding from Spain The result was Sharpe s Rifles, published in 1987, and a series of Sharpe television films staring Sean Bean.A series of contemporary thrillers with sailing as a background and common themes followed Wildtrack published in 1988, Sea Lord aka Killer s Wake in 1989, Crackdown in 1990, Stormchild in 1991, and Scoundrel, a political thriller, in 1992.In June 2006, Cornwell was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen s 80th Birthday Honours List.Cornwell s latest work, Azincourt, was released in the UK in October 2008 The protagonist is an archer who participates in the Battle of Agincourt, another devastating defeat suffered by the French in the Hundred Years War However, Cornwell has stated that it will not be about Thomas of Hookton from The Grail Quest or any of his relatives.

    876 thoughts on “The Empty Throne”

    1. 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 [...]

    2. 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 hi [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. 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 h [...]

    5. ÆthelhelmÆthelstanÆthelredÆethelflaedÆthelwoldÆthelfrithÆlfwynnÆlflædÆlfadellThese 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 [...]

    6. If you've already read the other 7 books then this is more 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. [...]

    7. Review in Portuguese from Desbravando Livros:Essa resenha foi feita a partir da versão britânica, intitulada The Empty Throne, em outubro de 2014, data de lançamento do e-book estrangeiro. Depois, foi atualizada com imagens e nomes em português em 12/06/2015, quando foram anunciadas a capa e a sinopse da nossa edição brasileira.Com a morte de Æthelred pedindo para chegar após ser ferido gravemente na batalha final do último livro, muitas artimanhas se desenrolam para definir quem será [...]

    8. 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 t [...]

    9. 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 [...]

    10. 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 more than to keep going and sink, only slightly but noticeably, lower than the previous quality.Don't get me wrong, at t [...]

    11. 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 [...]

    12. 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 definite [...]

    13. 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 th [...]

    14. 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 more 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 affect [...]

    15. 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 th [...]

    16. 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 again [...]

    17. 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. 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 bec [...]

    19. 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 more 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, rig [...]

    20. 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 b [...]

    21. 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. 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. άλλη μια καταπληκτική ιστορία του ουτρεντ Στο ίδιο επίπεδο με τους προηγούμενες δεν υπάρχει και που δεν μου άρεσε. πάλι στην αναμονή να μεταφραστεί το επόμενο

    24. 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 [...]

    25. 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 rathe [...]

    26. (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 gue [...]

    27. 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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