Review of The Last King

Betanda Shanam reviews The Last King!

The Last King
England: The First Viking Age

MJ Porter

April 23, 2020


Blurb: From author MJ Porter comes a thrilling new hero.

They sent three hundred warriors to kill one man. It wasn’t enough.

Mercia lies broken but not beaten, her alliance with Wessex in tatters.

Coelwulf, a fierce and bloody warrior, hears whispers that Mercia has been betrayed from his home in the west. He fears no man, especially not the Vikings sent to hunt him down.

To discover the truth of the rumours he hears, Coelwulf must travel to the heart of Mercia, and what he finds there will determine the fate of Mercia, as well as his own.

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Betanda Shanam’s Review

Do you ever feel like you need a change of genre when reading? I often do, something to clean the palate and reboot, especially during these strange times. Being confined to our homes and not being able to get outside stimulation, conversation, or excitement, I decided it was time for something different from my usual read. I do not have a specific genre of book I like. Like many, I tend to stick to the general genre of ‘feel good’ books. 

It has been a while since I’ve read a historic fiction and I’m so glad The Last King was my first book back into this genre.  Set in middle England, Coelwulf and a handful of faithful men are tasked with defending Mericia from the Vikings. Coelwulf is a fierce warrior with an honourable battlefield moral code. Coelwulf’s character is one that you soon learn to respect and admire, along with his men. With plenty of gory battle scene, MJ Porter’s descriptive writing really brings Coelwulf’s battles to life.  I often find battle scene confusing with too much going on, but this is not the case with The Last King which is clear and well written.  

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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