Sword of Kings by Bernard Cornwell
My rating: 1.5 of 5 stars
Series: The Last Kingdom (Book #12 of 13)
Genre: Historical fiction
Pages: 346 pages (Kindle edition)
Published: 3rd October 2019 by HarperCollins
Sword of Kings is the penultimate installment of The Last Kingdom series, if it wasn’t, I would’ve given up reading the rest of the series.
I won’t lie. I don’t even know what else to say on this review here. If you’ve read the previous books, then you’ve read Sword of Kings. This is definitely the worst book in the entire series so far, or at the very least, the most pointless one. The most important events in this book happened off-screen, and beyond that, there’s nothing important offered in this book. After seeing the super high average ratings and reading this book, I’ve come to the conclusion that a LOT of readers love repetitive series as long that they’re well-written.
The story meanders. Uthred is old. There’s a new enemy. Ah, sailing the sea is good. Uthred is old. Oh no, a new enemy, I wonder whether who will prevail? HMMM, this will be SHOCKING. SHOCKING. Oops, Uthred is in danger. Uthred is old. More than 60 years old. Uthred love tits. Uthred is old. Oh, tits. And let’s not forget how much reputation matters. Tits, too. Reputation is all that matters. And tits. And Uthred is old. Uthred is with Finan. Ah seafaring, the wind is nice. The sea is dangerous, but the wind is nice. Uthred is old, but the tits he thinks about are nice. Ah yes, Uthred doesn’t believe in Christian. Uthred is now old. Uthred must leave a good reputation. Oh, shield wall is scary. But shield wall is where warriors live. The Shield wall is terrifying. Oh, wait, important character’s death? I’ll mention it in two sentence. Bye. Uthred is old. No, don’t say bye yet. England hasn’t been formed. Let’s move on to the next book.
You’ve just read, at least, the past six books in The Last Kingdom. I recommend this only for readers who don’t mind not experiencing anything new whatsoever in the storyline. If there’s a cow, Cornwell has milk that cow to death. Twelve times. Hel won’t even accept this cow anymore in her place. I don’t like saying this, I think this is the first time I say something like this in a review, but this volume is totally a cash grab. I hope the last book will provide a great conclusion. That’s all I want. But for some readers who asked me to read the books or watch the show? Stick with the show. There’s only seventeen 1 star rating for this book at the moment on Goodreads, so allow me to give the eighteenth 1-star rating. Sword of Kings is the most pointless book I’ve read this year, a total waste of time. I pity the cow milked to death for this series.
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