The new novel in Bernard Cornwell's number one best-selling series The Warrior Chronicles, on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg.
Alfred the Great is dead and Edward his son reigns as king. Wessex survives but peace cannot hold. The Danes in the north, led by Viking Cnut Longsword, stand ready to invade and will never rest until the emerald crown is theirs. Uhtred, once Alfred's great warrior but now out of favour with the new king, must lead a band of outcasts north to recapture his old family home, that great Northumbrian fortress, Bebbanburg.Loyalties will be divided and men will fall, as every Saxon kingdom is drawn into the bloodiest battle yet with the Danes; a war which will decide the fate of every king, and the entire English nation.
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"The best battle scenes of any writer I've ever read, past or present. Cornwell really makes history come alive" (George R.R. Martin)
"Cornwell draws a fascinating picture of England as it might have been before anything like England existed" (The Times)
"He's called a master storyteller. Really he's cleverer than that" (Telegraph)
If you've come this far in the series, you probably love Cornwell like I do. I don't enjoy the sympathetic bad guy (Knut Knutson). Cornwell's strength is in writing the loathsome bad guy character. The emergence of Uhtred the Younger made up for it. Thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommended.
Yes, I would, as in all of BC's books he captures time & place really well, you could almost smell the salt spray in the Northern seas & the smell of burning villages.
The final battle
Absolutely... if you like bernard cornwell. He is wonderfully consistent. A great listen/read.
Fantastic characters, great dialogue...
Gripped by yet another thrilling tale of Uhtred. Loved the development of the relationship with his sons. While not the most epic story in the sequence so far, The Pagan Lord felt the most empassioned, with an excellent struggle against the church and a fantastic antagonist. Loved it. I thought the new narrator did a great job too and I really hope it does not change for a 3rd time! Each time I get used to someone they change... That's my only criticism so far but will definitely be something I look out for when deciding on future audio books.
Same as the last few reviews really, the books are great and really thrilling but they lack the passion because Jonathan Keeble is not the narrator
Felt like I was there in the shield wall. Great content well delivered by narrator
"why change the narrator??"
Great story as usual from Bernard Cornwell, but the change in narrator really put a downer on things for me. He was unconvincing as a northern pagan lord to say the least.
"what an end"
bloody awesome all that needs to be said. it needs me to write 20 words so here's a load of words
Engaging and sometimes humorous delivery of a great story. Earthy and basic st times the Pagan Lord fights his way to glory .
Astounding - how can any author keep up this momentum? We were there - amid all the heart-stopping terror, blood, hatred and glory! These larger - than -liife character s really LIVE -and die magnificently!!
"Very good, brilliantly read"
Very good, brilliantly read as are all the books in this series, I look forward to going to bed to listen to this
"Another brilliant book from BC"
This was really enjoyable couldn't stop listening. It took a while to get used to the change in narration, I would have preferred the continuation from the previous books.
"Author could do better"
Listen to the start of the first part of the download up to the dung heap incident then skip the rest of part one which is padded with overlong descriptions and not much action that is new.
The ending, worth persevering with for the last bit.
The follow up book should have been rolled into an edited version of this book on quality control grounds.
I liked the narrator but the good people of Penkridge will be alarmed to hear their ancestor portrayed with a Brummie/Black Country accent. Found this part hilarious.
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