The Flame Bearer

The Flame BearerBritain Is At An Uneasy Peace After Their Bloody Defeat Of Danish Held East Anglia, The West Saxons Stand Victorious While The Mercians Have Taken Back Their Land On The Border Of Northumbria, The Last Kingdom Of Britain Still Ruled By The Pagan Northmen A Precarious Truce Exists Between Thelfl D S Mercia And Northumbria, Now Ruled By Uhtred Of Bebbanburg S Son In Law, SigtryggrUnder The Cover Of This Fragile Calm, Uhtred Must Begin His Campaign That Will End With The Assault On Bebbanburg, The Great Fortress That Is Rightly His And Was Stolen From Him In Childhood But His Plans Are Shattered When The Scots Surge Down And Lay Claim To The North Of England, As The West Saxons, Under Uhtred S Old Enemy, Thelhelm, Invade Northumbria From The South If Uhtred Is To Succeed In Recapturing Bebbanburg He Must Both Defeat Thelhelm S Forces And Drive The Scots Away Before He Can Attack The Formidable Fortress By The Sea He Has A Small Army And Many Enemies, But Uhtred Is Not The Supreme Warlord Of Britain For Nothing

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 n

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  • Hardcover
  • 304 pages
  • The Flame Bearer
  • Bernard Cornwell
  • English
  • 19 May 2019
  • 9780007504213

10 thoughts on “The Flame Bearer

  1. says:

    Although I enjoyed this book it didn t really live up to all my expectations It felt very different from most of the other books So you might be wondering why I gave it 5 stars First and foremost, the ending There were two glorious moments that I absolutely loved, and they were worth every star And, although it s sad to know my beloved characters are starting to age, and that this series is beginning to wind down, I love seeing how far they have come view spoiler I can t believe Uhtred won t being seeing Aethelflaed again Their short moment together nearly brought me to tears hide spoiler

  2. says:

    Onto book 10 with a series which must be coming to its conclusion I say that before I started reading this book as some of the later books have been shorter perhaps not so colourful as the opening half dozen of the series perhaps I m willing it to a conclusion before it goes stale flat..Put that thought back into it s scabbard. this tale adventure ranks amongst the best, yes its a short read BUT it had me gripped right the way through with it s absorbing storyline, old characters, as well as new enemies to vanquish As many wont have picked up the book yet, no to tell you except it really is one of his best for me I hope you ll love it too

  3. says:

    5 stars No spoilers Just read it

  4. says:

    By the time you get to number 10 in a series, it can feel like a chore Like you re just reading it because the characters have become family, so yeah, I guess I ll help my cousin move, or go bail my half sister out of jail Ho hum.But this.THIS This is by far my favorite book of the series Everything has been heading to THIS All the bloodshed, the trickery, the pain The lost comrades and loves, the sword wounds and broken oaths This has everything you ve grown to love from the Uhtred books His perfect storytelling, his ruminations on the religion of the Nailed god And Cromwell has NEVER written such pitch perfect battle sequences.I will follow this series until it ends, or my life does Fate is inexorable.

  5. says:

    3.5 s This would have been a good place to end the story but I doubt Mr Cornwell is putting his cash cow to bed That said another enjoyable story in the Uhtred saga.

  6. says:

    Best not be reading The Flame Bearer Saxon tales 10 without having read Warriors of the Storm 9 and the whole previous saga Because, if you do, you will be denying yourself the pleasure that only comes from the intimate knowledge gained in understanding the arc of life of Britain s greatest fictional warrior, Uhtred of Bebbanburg.A fragile peace governs the kingdoms of Wessex, East Anglia, under the rule of the late King Alfred s son, King Edward, and Mercia, under his daughter Aethelflaed Utred s son in law, Sigtryggr, has the kingship of Northumbria the remaining pagan portion of the future England It is this last piece that has Utred, for the first time in decades, allied with pagans who worship Odin rather than the Saxons who worship the nailed god It has also raised his hopes of overcoming his cousin and reclaiming Bebbanburg Now, at this particular time with so much in the balance there are opportunities for wealth and power that few can resist Will Uhtred prevail Can he do so and keep his oath to Aethelflaed Can he secure Northumbria for his daughter and son in law How much of a chance do the Danes and Norse have against an increasingly powerful Saxon alliance Cornwell could be content with continuing to crank out these books knowing that they have a vast readership and a lot of people who enjoy reading any historical novel in this period of England s development But he is not satisfied to give us a couple hundred pages of battles and intrigue No, this may be his best book of the series.Why Because it is a crafty story filled with words and events that illuminate human lives even if some are fictional The tension is there from the start as Uhtred and most of his wolf pack shadow a group of three ships making their way up the east coast of England to Bebbanburg They are there to help Uhtred s cousin the present Lord of Bebbanburg with food and fighters to relieve the siege of Constantin, King of the Scots No one can successfully attack the fortress of Bebbanburg but Constantin believes that he can starve them into submission before the following spring Uhtred understands that this means his window of opportunity is very limited If Constantin is successful, Uhtred will never be able to reclaim his birthright.Left virtually free to create this canvas, Cornwell gives us a detailed picture of the politics and duplicity of the various factions Scotland, East Anglia, Wessex, Mercia and Northumbria Uhtred is bold and crafty and goes on hunches that are usually, but not always correct His reputation often brings fear and anger to his encounters with other lords All of this creates a true page turner as multiple and overlapping plots play out But what becomes my true delight is the depth with which Cornwell peoples this novel It isn t just the lords and warriors, but the boatmen, the innkeepers, the wives and whores whose presence deepens the whole experience And, for a story so steeped in battle with all its intricacies described there is an abundance of humorous situations that help to fill out the picture.I cannot say much without spoiling one or elements of Cornwell s deft plot For those, like me who enjoy this historical stuff, you will not be disappointed.

  7. says:

    Spectacular addition to series I hope Mr Cornwell writes about Uhtred of Bebbanburg Wyrd bi ful r d Fate is inexorable I had a super long review written for this series but I deleted the document accidentally so let me share with you at least some major points to explain my reasons for loving this series so much Astonishing storytelling skills Bernard Cornwell brought 9th and 10th century England alive for me Unforgettable narrator Uhtred of Bebbanburg is unapologetic and ruthless yet lovable and admiration worthy character with brilliant military strategic mind He is a true hero Complex and fascinating side characters that you will love to come back to Constant philosophical battle between paganism and Christianity that depicts given period precisely Well thought out storyline and twists War and fight scenes are chillingly realistic I really felt like I was there with Uhtred, fighting every new enemy or being part of countless shield wars.All in all, The Warrior Chronicles Saxon Stories series all 10 available books is spectacular story with spectacular writing It is one of the best historical fiction stories I have ever read and it is the perfect example of how to write engaging historical fiction series that never get boring or predictable Moreover, I loved author s note at the end of every book where author explained which parts were based on historical facts and which parts of his novel he made up RECOMMENDED

  8. says:

    I wish every day was an Uhtred day When I am reading a new book in the series, this character just brings so much enjoyment to my week There is something about the books that makes them so stress free to read too They are written well and yet you don t have to work hard Plenty of lovely prose in them if you want to notice it Heaps of outstanding dialogue, which is hard not to notice The laughs are plenty The characters are rich in personality It all blends so perfectly in these books and you can knock one over so quickly Maybe too quickly As now there is the long wait for the next book and I had already dragged out reading this one in anticipation of another one in the series coming in 2017, but it didn t, so now I wait until the end of 2018 I guess.This book is one of the most significant of the series You would have to read it to know why I can t really go into that without dropping in massive spoilers It is justmonumental and prodigious Read it to know why, and if you are a fan of the series, then enjoy I have to say, I found the scenes between Uhtred and Constantin to be some of the most enjoyable scenes between two characters of the whole series to date Well, at least of those I can recall and I am sure there are other greats and after ten books, I simply do not remember them But Constantin is such a character, a good match for Uhtred, and Cornwell plays both enigmatic characters off each other so well.This book is like the others in most ways Vile, cunning priests, extraordinary warriors, great deeds and deceptions, ineffective and underwhelming nobility and rulers, travelling all over the countryside and then travelling all over it back again, lots of insults parried back and forth between Dane and Saxon, Saxon and Saxon, Pagan and priest, a bit of sea action, port actiongold actionfire actionscreaming actionliving life to the fullestdying miserably..yeah, it s all there for the fan of this seriesplus that one significant and momentous thing It is there too.Loved it Love it just thinking about it 5 brightly burning stars for you Flame Bearer.

  9. says:

    Executive Summary I enjoyed this one than Warriors of the Storm, but at this point I m eager for the series to get wrapped up Full Review Here we are at book 10 of this series and it s not the ending We finally get some good plot progress in this book however I liked it than its predecessor but since War of the Wolf is scheduled to come out later this year the series will be at at 11 books, when I think it might have better to end with 10.I love Uthred and Finnan and thelfl d and all the rest, but I m ready for a conclusion Uthred is already pretty old especially for the time period That s even unbelievable considering he s a warrior who can be pretty reckless at time, even if age has granted him some wisdom along the way.There s not a whole lot I can say about this book that isn t just straight up plot spoilers, but it did remind me why I ve enjoyed the series so much I was mostly reading this book 1 chapter at a time, but there was a night where the book was too good to put down and by the end of the book the final part was very enjoyable.I agree with the Author s note that there is story left to be told, I just hope he goes about so quickly and if he doesn t end with War of the Wolf that he s only got at most 12 books by the end.

  10. says:

    This is the penultimate volume of The Saxon Stories by Bernard Cornwell The first several books of the series have been made into a TV series The Last Kingdom by BBC and Netflix The TV series is very good the books are better They are better because they portray how the hero of the story, Uhtred, reacts to the Saxons in the south and the Danes to the north Like all of the previous books, this story is exciting Much of the book is devoted to preparations that Uhtred undertakes to recapture his birthright, the castle and land of Bebbanburg The castle is occupied by his cousin, and is nearly impregnable, with high walls on high ground, and water on one of the sides A fight to take over the castle would be a massacre Moreover, Uhtred is surprised to find that an army of Scots has surrounded the castle and is attempting to starve out his cousin Uhtred cannot possibly defeat the Scots, as he is outnumbered.There are surprises in store for Uhtred, who must think quickly on his feet, under the chaos of battle Sometimes, he makes some rash decisions that he realizes are mistakes only too late He comes up with some innovative backup plans that put his enemies into desperate situations And this is one of the things that I appreciate the most about this series In every episode, our hero Uhtred comes up with a novel solution to overcome seemingly overwhelming odds during a battle Sometimes the solutions occur to him on the spur of the moment, while in other situations he plans well ahead of time Uhtred is always rash and impetuous when he is not fighting but during a battle he usually keeps his wits.This book features something unusual Bernard Cornwell describes what it is like to be in a pitched battle, especially a shield wall Cornwell portrays how utterly frightful the battles are to individual warriors Even battle hardened warriors must prepare themselves psychologically ahead of time, to get up the courage to be in a shield wall A shield wall is nearly unstoppable, except when two shield walls face each other.Again, I did not read this book I listened to the audiobook, as read by Matt Bates It is a joy to listen to Bates narration.

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