Uhtred arrives in the north to discover rebellion, chaos, and fear. His only ally is Hild, a West Saxon nun fleeing her calling, and his best hope is his sword. Needing other allies, he chooses Guthred, a seemingly deluded slave who believes he is a king. Together they cross the Pennines to where a desperate alliance of fanatical Christians and beleaguered Danes form a new army to confront the terrible Viking lords who rule Northumbria. Instead of victory, Uhtred finds betrayal. But he also discovers love and redemption as he is forced to turn once again to his reluctant ally, Alfred the Great.
A breathtaking adventure, Lords of the North is also the story of the creation of modern England, as the English and Danes gradually become one people, adopting each other's languages and fighting side by side.
©2007 by Bernard Cornwell; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers
"Cornwell...breathes life into ancient history with disarming ease, peppering it with humor and even innocence." (Publishers Weekly)
I just achieved App Scholar!! 1000 hours in 1 yr 7 mo and 10 days!!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible
Uhtred finds himself back in the fold again in book three.. The bad part is he never sees it coming.To be betrayed by a trusted friend is the worst kind of betrayal but you cant keep Utred down.For two years he is a slave and then you see what kind of warrior Uhtred is.NEVER GIVE UP UHTRED...
" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
The only main reason I would wait a bit longer is to see if audible 1. gets all the series unabridged & close to one narrator... otherwise, the series so far, at Book 6 is ridiculously good if u are into strong medieval war, early Lord/Knight 'dark ages' after the Roman Empire...
I don't think I have to add anything for anyone who already knows his style of historical fiction . Ultred continues his 'blood feud' with the narration of John Lee, that gives it +'s over. I love the analogy of Tee 'nailed god' as it was described at the time compared to Odin, Ragnarock, Valhalla, & Thor left religious theology.
This is the first Cornwell book I've listened to. I loved books 1 and 2 in print. Tom Sellwood's narration is incredibly well done. The accents he uses really bring life to the characters. My only disappointments were to learn that book 4 is not on Audible and that Tom Sellwood is not narrating any other books in the series.
I loved the first two books in this series, even though I don't normally listen to abridged books. So I was eager to finish the Pale Horseman and start the unabridged 3rd book in the series, Lords of the North. I'm about an hour into this book and the narrator is already driving me crazy. He is just awful. Pronouncing one syllable words as if they had four syllables, in explicable pauses in the middle of sentences for no apparent reason or effect. Incredibly bad acting. Every time he says
The history is great.
I already have the next 2 installments
OK, not great
Wait for the sequel
This was a disappointment after the first two installments -- both in story line and narration.
This is a fantastic epic story. Tom Sellwood really makes the story come to life. I only wish he narrated the whole series and that it was all available unabridged. I would gladly pay for it.
I read the first book in the Saxon series (The Last Kingdom) on my Kindle and have enjoy Pale Horseman and Lords of the North with Tom Sellwood as narrator. The Irish is strong and clear enough that you don't miss a word. And with this book you feel that you're hearing a Klingon tale (yes, I'm a trekkie with a doctoral degree and I also read lots of classical literature and no I can't stand Klingons per se but these stories are great!) WIth this narrator's pounding great expression and the narrative which sounds like an epic tale told by a scaeld, you get into the story so much you don't even mind the gore. (I'm not into gore, and there's lots of it, but it fits the time and isnt' just there to shock.) I've followed this character through this and now the next book: I've never liked him but I've always cared about him and respected him and been eager to see what he'd choose to do or have to cope with next. You can't have a good epic without lots of deus ex machina, but it's always believable. I love the historical notes Bernard Cornwell includes at the end. The themes of the books are timeless. Lastly, the anti-Christian theme is actually not offensive to me, a deeply committed conservative Baptist Bible-believing Christian involved in ministry, because I know enough history (and life) to know that much of what has been called Christian through the years has been a travesty and perversion created by institutions and power-seeking individuals just trying to use the name of Jesus Christ to achieve their own ends as Simon Magus tried to in the book of Acts. Sadly, the "church-falsely-so-called" has had a disastrous effect on people who would have at least considered Christ if they'd really understood the Gospel message. Thus I see this author as not presenting an anti-Christian message at all--and he very fairly includes some significant characters who are good examples of believable Christians--but rather pointing a finger at the damage done by counterfeits. EM
I have thoroughly enjoyed this series. Bernard Cornwell is an excellent writer. He is a dedicated researcher and is an excellent writer of battles. I would recommend this book very highly. My wife read the first book of this series and loved it.
This is the 3rd book in Cornwell's "Saxon Series", all dealing with a fictional main character set in the time of Alfred the Great.
Cornwell does a fabulous job weaving a fictional story into true historical events and real-life characters.
I actually listened to the 5th book in this series first and have gone back listen to the first four books in order. I recommend taking them in order.
I am getting ready to start the last one - Book 4 -all of them have been terrific!
Unfortunately, books 1, 2 and 4 are abridged on Audible.
ABRIDGED audio books should be BANNED!! :)
I have enjoyed this series so much that I am going to either read the hardback of Book 4, or listen to the unabridged version on cassette (if i can find it - it is hard to find. I have not found it on CD or in digital format at all - I don't think it is out in those formats from what i can see)
Overall, both this book and the series are highly recommended!
P.S. I read that he is writing another book in this series as Book 5 certainly didn't conclude the saga. I can't wait!!
Agincourt was so much better than this book. I think Tom Sellwood tried his best, but an "older" voice would have helped this book, and it needed the help of a great narrator. I've got another BC book in my library already so I'm hoping this was a fluke.
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