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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

What the Critics Say

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

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    Melissa Arlington, TX, USA 03-22-10
    Melissa Arlington, TX, USA 03-22-10
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    "Good Book - GREAT Series"

    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!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Pleasant Hill, CA, USA 08-14-09
    Cheryl Pleasant Hill, CA, USA 08-14-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Disappointing after Agincourt"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Dillingham, AK, USA 09-22-07
    Steve Dillingham, AK, USA 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.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas Cornville, Azerbaijan 01-05-14
    Nicholas Cornville, Azerbaijan 01-05-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Worst Narrator choice ever...."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The story is fine, series is great, Narrator choice is awful


    How could the performance have been better?

    The Narrator is Scottish, playing a Saxon/Dane and he does really god awful charicature sing songy Swedish accents for some of the characters that make this almost unlistenable.I normally hate abridged books but I returned this and got the ABR version just to hear a better narrator


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    Judith Clear Lake, WI, United States 09-26-13
    Judith Clear Lake, WI, United States 09-26-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Confused and disappointed."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    As much as I want to hear the story, the delivery is frustrating.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the first two books in the series, but they had a different narrator.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He keeps trying to give the Danish characters their own unique voices, and uses some fakey Minnesota accent. I can't take the story as a serious novel. It sounds like some sort of spoof. I wish people who are supposed to read these books would just do that...read! When I read to myself I dont give out phoney accents in my mind, so when I pay somebody to read to me that's what I expect.


    Any additional comments?

    Yeah. Make this series available in unabridged form. I notice the difference. Have Jamie Glover provide the narration. He did well with the first two abridged versions.

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    Kenneth Olympia, WA, USA 02-23-10
    Kenneth Olympia, WA, USA 02-23-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Ruined by bad voice acting choice"

    The story is good, and I loved the first two books. Unfortunately for this audio version they chose a new voice actor. He may be great for other books for Lords of the North he's awful. All priests sound like Monty Python parodies and the Danish King sound like an fawning effeminate danish smurf. The main character sounds like an emo. I barely got through the book and will be buying the print version to erase these characterizations from my mind.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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