The Lords of the North : The Last Kingdom Series

  • by Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by Jonathan Keeble
  • Series: The Last Kingdom Series
  • 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Enter a world where bloody battles and heroic deeds combine in the historic struggle to unite Britain in the face of a common enemy. The third instalment in Bernard Cornwell's King Alfred series, follows on from the outstanding previous novels The Last Kingdom and The Pale Horseman.
The year is 878 and the Vikings have been thrown out of Wessex. Uhtred, fresh from fighting for Alfred in the battle to free Wessex, travels north to seek revenge for his father's death, killed in a bloody raid by Uhtred's old enemy, renegade Danish lord, Kjartan.
While Kjartan lurks in his formidable stronghold of Dunholm, the north is overrun by chaos, rebellion and fear. Together with a small band of warriors, Uhtred plans his attack on his enemy, revenge fuelling his anger, resolute on bloody retribution. But, he finds himself betrayed and ends up on a desperate slave voyage to Iceland. Rescued by a remarkable alliance of old friends and enemies, he and his allies, together with Alfred the Great, are free to fight once more in a battle for power, glory and honour.
The Lords of the North is a tale of England's making, a powerful story of betrayal, struggle and romance, set in an England torn apart by turmoil and upheaval.


What the Critics Say

Praise for The Lords of the North:
"Beautifully crafted story-telling, complete with splendid set-piece battles and relentless derring-do, so gripping that it rarely stops to catch a breath. It demonstrates once again Cornwell's enormous skill as a historical narrator. He would have graced Alfred's court entertaining the guests with his stories." (Daily Mail)
"Cornwell takes the spectres of ninth century history and puts flesh back on their bones. Here is Alfred's world restored - impeccably researched and illuminated with the colour and passion of a master storyteller." (Justin Pollard, author of Alfred the Great)
Praise for Bernard Cornwell:
"Bernard Cornwell is a literary miracle. Year after year, hail, rain, snow, war and political upheavals fail to prevent him from producing the most entertaining and readable historical novels of his generation." (Daily Mail)
"Cornwell's narration is quite masterly and supremely well-researched." (Observer)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

The narration for this book is compelling.

The story is immersive and the narration is superb. Uhtred is as interesting a character as Sharpe and that's saying something. Certainly a page turner, with non stop interest and intrigue.
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- Deano M


The story of King Kanutes son from slave in irons to king, of betrayal, of friendship, and forgive me, of hilarity when a fanatical priest gets his comeuppance. This is one of my favourite stories of Utred as Alfred is only fleetingly involved. The story is quite different, and I suppose, because none of the favoured characters dies. Jonathan Keeble is as usual brilliant in his narration, but Utred must return to Wessex......and Alfred.
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- Mr. Anthony D. Bateman

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-05-2014
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited