This is another fantastic addition to the very best historical fiction series you will ever have the pleasure to enjoy.
The continued development of the characters mainly Uhtred and King Alfred and the relationship between the two of them Alfred relied on Uhtred to keep his throne
When Alfred finally showed Uhtred the respect he has earned by awarding him land and title
This is the only thing that I found disappointing in this series the only narrative that was any good was Jamie Glover wish he did the complete series
Uhtred the man that spoiled the Danes conquering England
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Overall I enjoyed this book although it was not up to the high standards of Cornwell's other offerings in this series. Uhtred is still blood thirsty, violent and still loves the shield wall. I would recommend this series to anyone interested in good historical action.
The narration by Stephen Perring wasn’t horrible, it was just okay (at best). After some time I even grew used to it, but the way in which he pronounced certain places and names was more than a little off-putting. I much preferred the previous renditions in the series by Jamie Glover.
Bernard Cornwell didn't fail. As always, this one takes you where nobody else could. My beef though is with the narration. Not with the narrator himself, who did quite a good job except for the fact that he says "Yuhtred" instead of the John Lee popularized "Ootred." My gripe is with the changing of place names. Cornwell uses the ancient names of English places/cities, but the narration chose to use the modern ones. I do not see any logical reasoning behind the change except that perhaps it affords easy pronunciation or that readers would have an immediate knowledge where the action is taking place. However, it is almost sacrilege to the author's research and effort. It also takes a huge chunk of the historical experience, what with ancient Saxons and Danes saying "London" instead of "Lundene." Hence the two-star performance.
I would recommend the entire series, it is gripping and masterful storytelling. I'm devouring these books.
With all the complaints I've read about the narrator I'd expected to have to muscle my way through this listen just to get to the next book, but after the first chapter or so Stephen Perring really comes into his own and I enjoyed his narration quite well. Of course, nobody can match the greatness that is Jonathan Keeble, but it seems his duties were required elsewhere. Perhaps a Saxon king called him to fulfill another oath. Fate is inexorable. The narration is fine.
it was one of the beat in the series. he's getting old, but it's still a great story
holy cow! Uhtred has mad it a long way, and now this book is my favorite. Sword fighting and warriors politics. saint Cuthbert the unnecessary is a great character. join Uhtred in his greatest battle yet
enjoyable and fast-paced as are all of the books in the series. introduction and execution of a couple new characters kept things rolling along. Stephen Perring is a fine narrator but I don't think he brings the warrior Edge to the story. he sounds more like one of the priests. I just think he is miscast here.
The story is great, the narrator is good but the narrator has a complete different style than the previous books. it was bad enough that I stopped listening and only came back to it months later. once you're over that dissapoimtment the book is pretty decent but not as powerful as past books in the series.
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Great story as they all are but the narrator should have listened to at least the first book to hear how the names were pronounced. It takes some getting used to when city names change. How can you change Bebbenburg to Bambray or whatever he's saying now? Bebbenburg was the Saxon pronunciation at the time and he should have stuck with it.
I'm looking forward to the next book and hope the names go back to the original pronunciations.