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 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.
I admit to being a huge fan of Bernard Cornwell. I have thorougly enjoyed every one of his books and they translate extremely well to the audible format. While it would be difficult for any series to displace his Authur trilogy as my all time favorite, this one comes close. Sadly that series is not available her but I purchased the unabridged cds some time ago and I return to it regualarly. This series is indeed a close second. If you are looking for well reseached, exciting historical fiction with sypathetic characters in interesting situations, look no further. My only regret is that the first two books of this series are only available in abridged form. Cornwell is meant to be enjoyed in full unabridged splender, which makes this last book a treat.
I also found the reading excellent. The abridged reader is a tough act to follow but once I recovered from the initial shock of the change, I was completely satisfied. I look forward to his addition to the other abridged versions (a not so small hit). Listen to this one and enjoy.
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.
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.
I love this series. Bernard Cornwell excels in historical fiction. The first 2 books were stellar both because of the writing and the narrator. This third book brings the listener a new narrator. He isn't bad, but no where near as good as Jonathan Keeble. His voice breathed life into our central players. This series is composed of many books and sadly the publisher has seen fit to switch narrators more than once. This was a mistake. I will finish the series but my enthusiasm has dwindled.
This is an excellent series by one of my favorite authors, he transports me to another time, where I find myself exhilarated, frightened, joyful and sorrowful right along with his characters.
I love this story as my ancestry is also from this region, however for those that have listened to previous books in this series you will be surprised by the drastic change in the reader's performance. Not that it isn't good in its own, however I prefer the previous reader. Sorry, I can't remember the readers' names!! The difference is striking and I personally preferred the first two books. But only from a performance perspective.
Tom Sellwood is a not a believable warrior. His voice sounds like he doesn't get out of his flat much and runs away from skinny men. I very real let down after listening to Jonathan Keeble narrate the first two books.
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