The Empty Throne

by Bernard Cornwell
The Empty Throne (The Last Kingdom #8) - Bernard Cornwell 8.88   18

The new novel in Bernard Cornwell’s number one bestselling series The Warrior Chronicles, on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg.

In the battle for power, there can be only one ruler.

England is fractured, torn apart more by internal fighting than the threat of Viking invasion. The ruler of Mercia is dying, leaving no legitimate heir. His wife is a formidable fighter and great leader, but no woman has ever ruled over an English kingdom. And she is without her strongest warrior and champion, Uhtred of Bebbanburg. So the scene is set for an explosive battle between elders and warriors for an empty throne.

The vacant throne leaves a dangerous opportunity for the rival West Saxons to seize Mercia. But Edward of Wessex is distracted by the succession of his own throne, with two heirs claiming the right to be West Saxon king. And while the kingdoms are in disarray, the Vikings, this time coming from the west, will go on the rampage once more.

The very future of England hangs in the balance. A hero is needed, a hero who can destroy the threat to Mercia, a hero who will ultimately decide the fate of a nation...


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Release date October 21, 2014
Details updated December 25, 2022

The Last Kingdom :: Series

Series contains 13 primary works and has 13 total works.

The Last Kingdom is known in the US as The Saxon Tales. Formerly known in the UK as The Warrior Chronicles.

The Last Kingdom (The Last Kingdom #1) 8.10   88
The Pale Horseman (The Last Kingdom #2) 8.36   74
The Lords of the North (The Last Kingdom #3) 8.50   62
Sword Song (The Last Kingdom #4) 8.32   58
The Burning Land (The Last Kingdom #5) 8.56   51
Death of Kings (The Last Kingdom #6) 8.58   36
The Pagan Lord (The Last Kingdom #7) 8.58   26
The Empty Throne (The Last Kingdom #8) 8.88   18
Warriors of the Storm (The Last Kingdom #9) 8.44   16
The Flame Bearer (The Last Kingdom #10) 8.28   11
War of the Wolf (The Last Kingdom #11) 7.90   10
Sword of Kings (The Last Kingdom #12) 8.34   6
War Lord (The Last Kingdom #13) 9.66   6

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