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.
©2013 Bernard Cornwell (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"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)
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...
"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.
"The Uhtred saga continues..."
Cornwall delivers another exciting chapter to the Warrior Chronicles. Uhtred is now feeling his years but is still fighting against the establishment and longing for his home. Although this is another good edition to the series it feels as if it should soon reach it's conclusion.
"A good listen"
Yes, particularly as Matt Bates narrates the story very well.
I have listened or read all the previous parts to this story therefore I enjoyed it however: I am beginning to wonder if the hero is now the oldest man on earth.
"Good listen, predictable story"
Overall a good rip-roaring story, albeit a predictable one. Narration is good and very entertaining. The insults get a bit comical after a while, though Cornwall does this type of story very very well. Shame they are all a bit the same though.
"Jaw dropping drama"
I have yet to come across an author that can create a story and amalgamate true history, incorporating battle strategies and deliver it to make you feel every bit of the story as if you were living it. Bernard Cornwell is truly the master of such a deliverance and has excelled all expectations of, what I am guessing, is the finale of Uhtred of Bebbenburg(!) What an absolute masterpiece of writing, imagination and research. In all honesty the story does start pretty slow and at one point I was dulled by it, but as always with this literary master he pulls every bit of excitement out in one long handful and the story becomes unstoppable. You are then twisted with anxiety, fear, wonder, sadness and every emotion you could be taken to, so cleverly written it is jaw dropping. Matt Bates does a very good job of narrating the story allowing you to listen easily. I continually sing the praises of Mr BC and he has excelled himself with this work. I will say no more and leave you to enjoy.
"Great Continuation of the Saga"
This is part of the overall saga and as such its hard to differentiate this from the rest of the series. On the whole the series is well paced, set in an interesting period of history of England.......well worth listening to the whole series. If you want to just listen to one book out of the series, you would be better off starting with the first book - the plot and characters rely on previous knowledge to get the best out of this book.
The narrator is easy on the ear, although some of the character voices he produces seem to be out of context - for example Osfirth's voice seems almost "semi-detached" from what is going on (no sense of urgency when that might be required by the story).
Well worth investing the time and money / credit in this instalment.
"will he or won't he"
blood, sweat ,tears
As you might expect it follows the formula so successful in the previous books in the series
none in particular I found the plot a little tired.
Another great story but its wearing thin. How long must we wait before we find out if Uthred finally gets his wish.
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