Book Review “The Last King” by M J Porter


The Last King

From author M J 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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Having Read M J Porter before I was really looking forward to The Last king. It certainly didn’t disappoint. I was prepared for plenty of fighting, blood and gore and this book has that in spades, so be ready for it. It does however help to set the plot excellently and the characters are written with a strength that you kind of get to actually like despite the profuse amount of swearing. I’m still not wholly convinced that the huge amount of the “f” word is needed but I soon just glossed over it as the story is so good you can ignore it to some extent.

This is an exhilarating read that is fast paced and each battle is described accurately for the time the book is set. I have learnt more about the this historical period by reading M J Porter than I have from any other books. I am fast becoming a fan and already have my next book lined up.

If you love a fantastical story based on Vikings, battles, violent escapades between the characters then I would highly recommend that you give M J Porter a try.

Author Bio – I’m an author of historical fiction (Early English, Vikings and the British Isles as a whole before the Norman Conquest, as well as two 20th-century mysteries). I was born in the old Mercian kingdom at some point since 1066. Raised in the shadow of a strange little building, told from a very young age that it housed the bones of long-dead Kings of Mercia and that our garden was littered with old pieces of pottery from a long-ago battle, it’s little wonder that my curiosity in Early England ran riot. I can only blame my parents!

I write A LOT. You’ve been warned!

Find me at and @coloursofunison on Twitter.

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With Thanks for the Advance Copy to …..

Rachel Gilby

M J Porter

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