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Lords of the North: The Saxon Chronicles, Book 3 | [Bernard Cornwell]

Lords of the North: The Saxon Chronicles, Book 3

The year is 878, and the Saxons of Wessex, under King Alfred, have defeated the Danes to keep their kingdom free. Uhtred, the dispossessed son of a Northumbrian lord, helped Alfred win that victory, but now he is disgusted by Alfred's lack of generosity. Uhtred flees Wessex, going north to search for his stepsister in the formidable stronghold of Dunholm.
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The year is 878, and the Saxons of Wessex, under King Alfred, have defeated the Danes to keep their kingdom free. Uhtred, the dispossessed son of a Northumbrian lord, helped Alfred win that victory, but now he is disgusted by Alfred's lack of generosity. Uhtred flees Wessex, going north to search for his stepsister in the formidable stronghold of Dunholm.

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.

Ready for battle? Don't miss the rest of the Saxon Chronicles Series, including The Last Kingdom (Book 1), The Pale Horseman (Book 2), and Sword Song (Book 4).

©2007 by Bernard Cornwell; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers

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"Cornwell...breathes life into ancient history with disarming ease, peppering it with humor and even innocence." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Edward 06-14-14
    Edward 06-14-14 Member Since 2015
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    "betrayal and revenge is a dish best served cold"
    What made the experience of listening to Lords of the North the most enjoyable?

    since i have mirgrains now i have to listen to books it was a wonderful book the twist and turns thr betrayal


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lords of the North?

    when utread became a slave


    What does Tom Sellwood bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    you actually get a voice so you dont have to wonder what words are in there natural dielict


    If you could rename Lords of the North, what would you call it?

    the danes battle to concure england


    Any additional comments?

    love this series of novels i hope bernard keeps writing them

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra 04-07-14
    Sandra 04-07-14 Member Since 2012

    I was educated into oblivion but have overcome it and am having a wonderful life

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    "I didn't know I liked war?"
    Where does Lords of the North rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    For over a year I've looked for books on western culture about England, Scandinavia, the movement of people, what it was like, and what character of people shaped our history. I've listened to so many books and then I found Cornwell's series. This is the best of this series so far... however, I think that same thing at the end of each book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lords of the North?

    Uhtred's rumination on Alfred's character and the "aha" moment as he credited Alfred worthy of honoring because Alfred was under the authority of a God who demanded the best of him and who demanded that he always strive to become a better person.


    Which character – as performed by Tom Sellwood – was your favorite?

    Gisela is my favorite. She is strong, knows what she wants, and what a gutsy, stealthy thing she did in shadowing along to conquer the fortress -- unbeknownst to Uhtred. She knew Uhtred would return against all odds.


    If you could take any character from Lords of the North out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Uhtred has an ironic side that equals Guthred's sweet side.


    Any additional comments?

    Great series

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    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 09-13-13
    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 09-13-13 Member Since 2012

    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

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    "Another great story!!!!"

    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...

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    G.Monie Queens, NY, United States 06-21-13
    G.Monie Queens, NY, United States 06-21-13 Member Since 2015

    " I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.

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    "The Best series B. Cronwell wrote in my Opinion"

    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.

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    "Fantastic narration for a Fantastic book"

    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.

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    John WALCOTT, IA, United States 11-19-11
    John WALCOTT, IA, United States 11-19-11 Member Since 2014

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    "Wish they were all unabridged!"

    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.

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    Elizabeth Hebron, KY, United States 05-01-11
    Elizabeth Hebron, KY, United States 05-01-11
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    "Perfect narrator for a fantastic story."

    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

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    Thomas Deerfield, NH, USA 07-09-10
    Thomas Deerfield, NH, USA 07-09-10
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    "Excellent book"

    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.

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    Mark LITLLE COMPTON, RI, USA 09-19-07
    Mark LITLLE COMPTON, RI, USA 09-19-07
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    "History in a action packed story"

    This is a well written story about the life of a Saxon/Danish warrior in the mid to late 8oo. The story has a good pace not to fast not to slow. It really did give a good account historically of what is was to be alive in that time and gave a very good layout of the social structure of the time without coming across as a history book. I wish I had read the two books that proceed this one (even though they were each only 5 hours in length). I will certainly look into the other series of books he has, (The Sharpe Series is one) although audible.com doesn’t have all the books that would complete these series which is a real pain in the you know what. Just a good listen.

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    Steve 09-22-07
    Steve 09-22-07
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    "Fantastic Story, find a new reader..."

    This is a great story and following in what is become an excellent series. Cornwell's other series - Grail Quest is also very good. I downloaded this one in anticipation of continuing the enjoyment of the first two read by Jamie Glover (especially since it was unabridged), but was sadly disappointed to hear the reader chosen to follow the first two. His accent is pure 1870 London and completely distracts from the tone and feel of a story set in the late 800's when Dane and Saxon vied for control of England. The reader of the first two (which unfortunately were in abridged format, but great nevertheless) gave a feeling of being there in battle with Uthred - this time one has the feeling of being in a pub in London waiting for another round... :-)

    I am in the process of downloading the abridged version of the book at the moment so that I can continue the story. That said, this is a great series and I HIGHLY recommend all of the Cornwell books, the Grail Quest and Saxon Shores series in particular.


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