Reviewed by Tamoul Q on Jan 8, 2020
The beginning of an epic series in which Saxon England face Danish conquest. Part coming of age, part political intrigue and the horrors of war, the Last Kingdom follows young Saxon Uthred of Bebbanburg. Danes attack his village, killing most of his family and carrying Uthred into slavery.
His uncle who survived the attack, partitions the Saxon King for the rights to Bebbanburg, knowing his young nephew is a captive. He also reaches out to the Danes with an offer of peace provided they kill Uthred.
Ragnar, Uthred's Danish master, rather than kill the boy, adopts him. Uthred becomes brother to Ragner the younger and his sister Thyra and Uthred grows to manhood as a Viking.
Jump about 19 or 20 years, and Uthred the Dane emerges as one of Ragnar's best fighters. His happy world falls apart when a rival for his sister's hand plots the downfall of Ragnar's family and Thyra is stolen amid the ashes of the village. Both Ragnar the younger and Uthred believe Thyra dead.
Ragnar the Elder is killed, setting the brothers in search of Vengence and Uthred in search of his title as Lord of Bebbanburg.
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