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Warriors of the Storm

(The Last Kingdom #9)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  16,834 ratings  ·  905 reviews
The new novel in Bernard Cornwell’s number one bestselling series The Saxon Tales, on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, 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.

Uhtred, her formidable champion and greatest warrio
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published January 19th 2016 by Harper (first published October 8th 2015)
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Richard Ayre This is the 9th book in the series. They start with The Last Kingdom when Uhtred is just a boy. This new one see's him (as far as I can work out) in h…moreThis is the 9th book in the series. They start with The Last Kingdom when Uhtred is just a boy. This new one see's him (as far as I can work out) in his late fifties. He's a granddad now! But he's a granddad you don't want to get on the wrong side of!(less)
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Aug 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 49th book that I have read by Bernard Cornwell and I have enjoyed every one. My late father in law introduced me to Cornwell and I will be forever grateful. In this book, #9 in the Saxon Stories series, Uhtred of Bebbanburg faces a formidable enemy, Ragnall Ivarson, a Northman who has recruited Irish mercenaries and Northumbrians to invade and take over Mercia, attacking Uhtred first.
How Uhtred confronts them makes for a rousing tale that I read in 3 days.
The Saxon Stories are set i
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The sun smiled upon my weary soul the day i picked this glorious series, in my book Uthred can do no wrong , It found me in a time when i read the best there is in fantasy and fiction and i had begun despairing and losing hope, some garbage out there: i shudder to think of it ...

Our hero in this novel faces a new threat,surprisingly the brother of his son in law :his daughter and his first grandchild are besieged in their fortress and they're close to defeat and death so naturally Uthred disobey
James Tivendale
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Warriors of the Storm is the 9th entry in The Saxon Stories series that follows Uhtred of Bebbanburg and it is my favourite of the books so far. It has a brilliant opening and the standard doesn't drop for the length of the whole book.

At the beginning of Warriors of the Storm, a fifty-something-year-old Uhtred is residing at the stronghold of Ceaster. Mercia seems to be thriving under the rule of Æthelflæd. Things have been tranquil and peaceful for a couple of years but now a new threat is on t
Sean Barrs
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s been two years since I last read a volume in this series. I just started to grow tired of it and the formulaic approach to novel writing. Although a series, each story is quite self-contained and follows a similar pattern of development. So I definitely needed a break from Uhtred of Bebbanburg for a short while.

And I’m glad I took it because I found myself enjoying this one more than many of the others and, even better, I’m actually quite excited to read the rest of the series. Though I do
Jason Koivu

Dashingly handsome Uthred of Bebbanburg's life story vikings along in Warriors of the Storm, the ninth book in the Saxon series.

First off, Uthred is never described as being handsome in the books. That is a tv fabrication. Okay, I just needed to get that out of the way.

Anywho, this is a serviceable book that continues the saga admirably. It's not anything special. No major historically related events take place. It's more personal. In fact, at one point Uthred has to rescue his daughter and son
Apr 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A much more interesting book than The Empty Throne, the wonderfully titled Warriors of the Storm only took me a bunch of hours on a plane to read.

After securing the future of Mercia, Uhtred and his allies turn their eyes northward, towards his old homeland of Northumbria. The Saxon kingdoms are in their strongest position yet, with both Mercia and East Anglia on the verge of liberation from the invading northmen. Awaiting him in the north, however, is a grand convergence of enemies both new and
It has been a long time between drinks for me and, after a couple years since the last time I had read a book in this series, boy, it sure was good to be back drinking from the well of Bernard Cornwell's Uhtred.
I've missed the big guy, with all his scorching, sardonic quips and his unabashed mocking of just about anybody, he is a big personality to endure, and I endure him with such delight and immense gratitude.
Rarely does a character, consistently, make me smile and laugh out loud as much a
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This is (I think) the 9th book in the Saxon Stories series. I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite of Uhtred's tales. This one is probably in the top three.
It was a little different from his usual stories. My one gripe with Uhtred has always been that he has always answered to someone. He has never been truly free to do as he pleased. Sometimes he has worked outside the rules to the displeasure of his rulers, but he's never just done as he pleased.
Warriors of the Storm is yet another blistering and unimaginably fun read in the Saxon Chronicles. If witty dialogue, fierce warriors, oath-brothers and bloody shield walls are your thing then I implore you to pick up this series.

“Play with the devil," Finan said, "and you get burned.”

For once, there is peace. Uhtred has orchestrated a time where he can rest, with the rest of the country. That’s until the Northmen and the Irish turn up and start killing people. That’s when Uhtred must draw his
Dana Ilie
I love every page.
S.J.A. Turney
Oct 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For years friends of mine have raved about Cornwell’s Uhtred novels, and I have intended to read the series at some point, but never seemed to find the time. For the record the last Cornwells I read were the Sharpe series back in the day and, though I think I tired a little of the series towards the end, I remember the earlier ones as some of the absolutely best novels I have ever read.

So when I had the opportunity to read an advance copy of the new Cornwell, I had to say yes, didn’t I. I did wo
May 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Edit: April 2016 Just finished listening to this one, cannot wait for the next book!

May 2015 - Eagerly awaiting this book, I was in two minds about its potential, book 9 in a series, it’s a hard task to keep to your story and maintain the thread of characters but I had nothing to fear!

England is full of rich history, and I’m glad to be reading it through this series. Another winner for the Saxon Stories.

Bernard Cornwell has delivered a for me a 6 star read about one of my favourite characters,
Murf the Surf
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Riders on the Storm!

Hey, I'd bethought that clever maxim all by myself, he he. Utred is on the roll again and as before he wishes to uphold the Christian realm of Alfred whilst praising Odin and Thor, bemoaning the evils of the Nailed God. Maybe all these testosterone fueled animosities towards Cornwells strict Episcopal upbringing seems a bit silly at times, but it is truly an enjoyable read.
I can't believe that I've made it through book nine already. You see I have a great weakness for all th
Crashed through it in 2 days & was a great ride & thoroughly cleansed my mind’s eye of the sad whimp of a boy that portrays Uthred in that appalling BBC show The Last Kingdom.

Uthred is now older although an age not given & enjoyed the new characters immensely, as well as some old ones, which really did catch me unawares. A really quick read as your drawn into this page turner & truly back to the form of the first few books in the series for me.

What’s more to say! 5 stars as it delivered.
Amanda Hupe
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nine down, four to go! Warriors of the Storm by Bernard Cornwell is the 9th book in The Saxon Stories series. Uhtred of Bebbanburg is older and he is feeling that pain of old injuries, but he is still one of the greatest warriors in Mercia. In this book, he is still allied to Aethelflaed but yearns to go reclaim Bebbanburg. Bebbanburg again takes a backseat to another threat. Ragnall Ivarson is raising an army and is planning on attacking Mercia. He is allied with the Northumbrians and the Irish ...more
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
***Actual rating: 4,75***

I've read the whole series this year, so it's easy to say I love these books. Some are better than others though. I rank this book among the best. It has all ingredients for a classic Uhtred story: full scale battle, Uhtred at sea, Uhtred vs priests, plot twist, one-on-one battle. I strongly recommend this series to all readers of historical fiction and fantasy.
The Shayne-Train
One of the standout best entries in a series full of near-perfect novels.

Uhtred is back, and kicking Norseman ass like nobody's business. Nerve-ravaging midnight sea-crossings, daring fortress sieges, sorcerers of both pagan and Christian the long awaited backstory of Finan, Uhtred's quick, deadly, and loyal Irish best friend.

I don't think I'll ever find a series of books I enjoy as much as this series.
Scott  Hitchcock

Uhtred kills some Danes, bullies some priests, mocks the nailed gods, defies Etheldred......we do lose a couple of old "friends" in this one.

Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the ninth book in the Saxon Stories series by Bernard Cornwell. Like all the previous novels in the series, this book is wonderful. Still, the main character Uhtred of Bebbanburg is a clever, mighty warrior. He uses more than just his fighting abilities--he thinks out the situations more carefully than almost everybody else. In each book, he gets into a big pickle. It seems like he is doomed. Then, he thinks up a strategy that, with a little bit of luck, will enable him to be victorious. ...more
5+++ stars!

I’m in serious need of a re-read for the whole series, but I’m pretty confident I can claim this is one of the best so far.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t keep myself from spoilers so most of this review, if you can call it that, will be behind the spoiler tag.

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Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know what more I can say about this series. I just love it.
Bernard Cornwell is superb!
He sure knows how to make money for his publisher.
Engaging, action-packed, short and easy reads that make me keep coming back for more.
I've already got the next one queued up and ready to go.
Executive Summary: I'm still enjoying this series as can be inferred from my rating, but I'm eager for things to reach a conclusion soon.

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This was another quick easy read. It doesn't really stand out as anything special among the rest of the series, but still enjoyable nonetheless. Uthred is great and all, but what keeps me going in the series is some of the supporting cast. Finan, Aethelflaed, and most recently his kids.

Uthred is getting old though. I'd like to see him finish up h
Μαρία Γεωργοπούλου
Bernard Cornwell did it again! Another masterpiece!

Uhtred is getting older but he knows what he's doing and this book is a proof of that. This time the enemy is powerful and his family in danger. It's time to go to war...Again...

Uhtred is a man driven by his passions... He has a passion for war, for women, for his land... In this story he is going to make some pretty big decisions and my opinion is that he did well... I can't get enough of him and I can't wait to read more!

His story isn't an ea
I find that the books in this series where Uhtred is not left with time to feel sorry for himself are always the better ones. This book has him on the go and attacking from beginning to end. All three of his children are part of the story and I like the family man version of Uhtred we get to see because of it. There is no doubt that this is family, warrior style, but still, it gives a more rounded version of this character rather than just the fire breathing, battle hardened, christian hating, m ...more
Krista Claudine Baetiong
Ah. I honestly thought this book is the final installment of the series worthy of my sleepless nights and 5-star reverence, but it’s clear now that we’ll still see more of Uhtred and his battle-filled excursions in the future (and in a few more books, too, perhaps?). And reasonably so, as he still has a would-be king to mentor and a beloved fortress to recapture!

Well, my only wish is that we won’t have to wait long for his next story to come out.
It's more blood and thunder as Uhtred continues to fight for Wessex while thirsting for his ancestral lands.

There's fighting and more fighting, particularly against the Irish and the Norse. Some interesting landscapes for fighting and maneuvering this time around.

In some ways this is a repeat of some of the older books but if you love Uhtred as I do then you'll forgive the author.

Susan Johnson
Sometimes a book series starts to go dull when you reach the 10th book but that is certainly not the case with this book. In fact, it's my favorite book so far and I have loved all of them. This has everything- a trip to Ireland, Uhtred's interactions with all three of his children, a reunion with his first love, magnificent battle scenes and an interesting prostitute named Mus who inspires an army. What more can a person ask for?

There is just something magical about Uhtred. He was born a Saxo
Jun 09, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
*sees there's a ninth book coming*

*proceeds to literally freaking the fuck out*
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vikings, anglo-saxons
Starting three years after The Empty Throne, that's a long gap, as I remember. Long enough for Uhtred to now feel Elder Statesman Uhtred. With the Elder Statesman mantle, finally comes the growing of 'a pair,' as they say. Uhtred deciding to say 'fuck this for a game of soldiers' and going all-in on re-taking Bebbanburg is what HE wants to do, and the Three Norns, so often used in novels set in this period to cover for not making a decision, be damned! It's a be-freeing feeling, not just for Uht ...more
Instead of doing my usual forewarning of "You should really have read the previous books in the series" warning here, I'm going to open by saying that this is somewhat of a return to form for the series. It is rather eye-opening to the fact that the majority of Cornwell's best books are those with the most battles & set-pieces in them.

There is plenty of action, bloodshed, an easily recognisable if completely one-dimensional and thoroughly under-developed bad guy to root against and lots of other
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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 ...more

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“Wyrd bið ful āræd. Fate is inexorable.” 52 likes
“It is not difficult to be a lord, a jarl, or even a king, but it is difficult to be a leader.
Most men want to follow, and what they demand of their leader is prosperity. We are the ring-givers, the gold-givers. We give land, we give silver, we give slaves, but that alone is not enough. They must be led. Leave men standing or sitting for days at a time and they get bored, and bored men make trouble. They must be surprised and challenged, given tasks they think beyond their abilities. And they must fear. A leader who is not feared will cease to rule, but fear is not enough. They must love too. When a man has been led into the shield wall, when an enemy is roaring defiance, when the blades are clashing on shields, when the soil is about to be soaked in blood, when the ravens circle in wait for the offal of men, then a man who loves his leader will fight better than a man who merely fears him. At that moment we are brothers, we fight for each other, and a man must know that his leader will sacrifice his own life to save any one of his men.
I learned all that from Ragnar, a man who led with joy in his soul, though he was feared too. His great enemy, Kjartan, knew only how to lead by fear, and Ragnall was the same. Men who lead by fear might become great kings and might rule lands so great that no man knows their boundaries, but they can be beaten too, beaten by men who fight as brothers.”
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