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Book Review of The Last Kingdom (Saxon Chronicles, Bk 1)

The Last Kingdom (Saxon Chronicles, Bk 1)
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Helpful Score: 2

Need to confess this is the first Bernard Cornwell book I've read and this is not an era I know anything about. Felt the story was interesting enough to not get upset about the graphic details of warfare. Although the main character Uhtred is fictional, many characters, situations, and locations are factual.

Uhtred is the sole narrator in the book and his perspective about the events is very dominate in this story. He switches between narrating as an elder about the past or his present life and as a young boy and man while he was raised by Danes after he was captured.

His younger, often immature or childish perspective dominates the book and you might question whether this story has the potential to be a cross-over book for a mature young adult.

Enjoyed this book enough that I'm moving on to the second book in the Saxon Chronicle series, The Pale Horseman.