I have enjoyed this series so much that I have even bought the books directly from England and had them shipped to me so I wouldn't have to wait for the next installment! Uhtred of Bebbanburg is a wonderful, rough and rowdy character to view these tales through. These books have also drawn me to research the history that they are based on. I must say, I'm impressed with the quality of the historical accuracy and the overall texture of the stories.
Trust me, if you like history in the slightest you will be engrossed in the writings of Bernard Cornwell. This books is yet another spectacular example of his fine skills as a storyteller.
The reader does an exceptional job delineating characters through vocal inflection. There is also a coarseness to his voice and accent that adds a great deal to the story-telling.
If you haven't ever read Bernard Cornwell, this series is an excellent way to get introduced to a fabulous writer, historian, and story-teller.
In the past I've avoided books with battle scenes because I get lost in the minutia. Cornwell has a way of drawing you an in and imparting important story information while describing the battle. The nearest I can come to comparing his writing style is by comparing him to Louis L'Amour. They both incorporate historical fact and details into their fictional characters and stories.
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