The Empty Throne: A Novel

Written by:
Bernard Cornwell
Narrated by:
Matt Bates

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2015
11 hours 13 minutes
The eighth installment of Bernard Cornwell’s bestselling series chronicling the epic saga of the making of England, “like Game of Thrones, but real” (The Observer, London)—the basis for The Last Kingdom, the hit BBC America television series.

My name is Uhtred. I am the son of Uhtred, who was the son of Uhtred . . .’

Britain, early tenth century AD: a time of change. There are new raids by the Vikings from Ireland, and turmoil among the Saxons over the leadership of Mercia. A younger generation is taking over.

When Æthelred, the ruler of Mercia, dies, he leaves no legitimate heir. The West Saxons want their king, but Uhtred has long supported Æthelflaed, sister to King Edward of Wessex and widow of Æethelred. Widely loved and respected, Æthelflaed has all the makings of a leader—but can Saxon warriors ever accept a woman as their ruler? The stage is set for rivals to fight for the empty throne.

With this eighth entry in the epic Saxon Tales series, we are reminded once again why New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell is “the most prolific and successful historical novelist in the world today” (Wall Street Journal).
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Gene Paulsen

Cornwell is the best. I love the detail. long live uthred

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Dana B.

Excellent book in the series. This narrator did a very good job!

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Brandon A.

I loved the beginning of this story! I couldn't believe how this started! I loved it! I enjoyed this read, it got a little slow in the middle of it but in the end it really picks up! I love these stories! the narrator Matt bates is terrific! I think he does a wonderful job and gets into the parts! hes made this series a stable read and I'm glad Matt has been consistent in reading these stories!

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