My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Having really enjoyed seasons 1 and 2 of The Last Kingdom, I was hoping for deeper insight into the history of the Danes invasion and spread across England. The book is pretty similar to the series but I was able to experience Cornwell’s masterful layering of description, action-packed faction and history. Unlike many historical fiction books, his explanations, including a glossary of place names and a map, make this book very accessible to read….especially for someone, like me, who has learned history mostly from books and travel. I’m passing it onto my brother-in-law now and I’m not sure that I’ll seek out the next one. If it fell into my hands, I would read the whole series, of course, but I’m not going to go looking for it.