After watching the first four seasons of THE LAST KINGDOM (Netflix) and still hungry for Saxon glory, I decided to check out the books on which they’re based. This is THE LAST KINGDOM (SAXON, WARRIOR) CHRONICLES by Bernard Cornwell, one of the most prolific and successful military fiction writers. I instantly fell in love with the voice, characters, history, and action, and found it to a fantastic companion to the TV series, which dramatically simplifies the narrative and condenses it to two books per season.
I started a short time ago, and I’m already up to book 5. I haven’t inhaled a series like this since C.S. Forester’s HORATIO HORNBLOWER series and George MacDonald Fraser’s FLASHMAN series. From the strong voice and sharp dialogue to the gritty world building, accurate history, and excellent action, every book sings, and the narrative rarely stumbles.
If you like historical fiction, this series is a must. It’s got everything, and I highly recommend it.