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Publisher's Summary

Enter a world where bloody battles and heroic deeds combine in the historic struggle to unite Britain in the face of a common enemy. The third instalment in Bernard Cornwell's King Alfred series, follows on from the outstanding previous novels The Last Kingdom and The Pale Horseman.

The year is 878 and the Vikings have been thrown out of Wessex. Uhtred, fresh from fighting for Alfred in the battle to free Wessex, travels north to seek revenge for his father's death, killed in a bloody raid by Uhtred's old enemy, renegade Danish lord, Kjartan.

While Kjartan lurks in his formidable stronghold of Dunholm, the north is overrun by chaos, rebellion and fear. Together with a small band of warriors, Uhtred plans his attack on his enemy, revenge fuelling his anger, resolute on bloody retribution. But, he finds himself betrayed and ends up on a desperate slave voyage to Iceland. Rescued by a remarkable alliance of old friends and enemies, he and his allies, together with Alfred the Great, are free to fight once more in a battle for power, glory and honour.

The Lords of the North is a tale of England's making, a powerful story of betrayal, struggle and romance, set in an England torn apart by turmoil and upheaval.

©2006 Bernard Cornwell (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

Praise for The Lords of the North:

"Beautifully crafted story-telling, complete with splendid set-piece battles and relentless derring-do, so gripping that it rarely stops to catch a breath. It demonstrates once again Cornwell's enormous skill as a historical narrator. He would have graced Alfred's court entertaining the guests with his stories." (Daily Mail)
"Cornwell takes the spectres of ninth century history and puts flesh back on their bones. Here is Alfred's world restored - impeccably researched and illuminated with the colour and passion of a master storyteller." (Justin Pollard, author of Alfred the Great)

Praise for Bernard Cornwell:

"Bernard Cornwell is a literary miracle. Year after year, hail, rain, snow, war and political upheavals fail to prevent him from producing the most entertaining and readable historical novels of his generation." (Daily Mail)
"Cornwell's narration is quite masterly and supremely well-researched." (Observer)

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  • Murray
  • Hensall, United Kingdom
  • 09-24-17

Best yet

Exciting and couldn't put it down. Cornwall is a genius. looking forward to the next book already.

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Worth listening to repeatedly

Another home run for Audible, Jonathan Keeble and The Great Bernard Cornwell, Lord of the Short Novel.

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UTRED AND THE DANES

I like my history with a healthy dose of political fact, intrigue. treachery. love and blood! Bernard Cornwell always provides all of these, His research is impeccable and his delivery spot on. The story of Utred continues to unravel in the entertaining fashion that you come to expect with Cornwells' novels and did I mention the blood ? The narration is not just great it is outstanding ! All the characters live just as intended and the delivery of the action grabs you and doesn't let go. Thank you Jonathon Keeble.You just cannot resist moving on in the series.

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Hard to put down

A great story, with an excellent narration. Third book in the series, all great books. Recommended.

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Full of Danish Fury - Excellent

Another fantastic episode in this furious series - loosely based around an England often forgotten..Uhtreds story is a storm of justice and War

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  • Mrs Mc
  • 09-05-18

Just fab

Loved this book and went through the whole series. Cannot wait foe my next Utred fix.

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  • S. M. O'callaghan
  • 09-05-18

Another great story by BC

Another great story by BC.
Not just well written but well read and a thoroughly enjoyable book to pass the time. I look forward to the next one in the series.

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  • Alex B
  • 09-04-18

Brilliantly Read

Fantastic book powerfully read.
The whole series is so so vividly written, bought vividly to life by Jonathan Keeble.

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  • ctallent
  • 08-25-18

Brilliant

the stories just get more and more gripping, the third book and I just can't get enough.
I have read the fort and the arthur books but this really is the best series so far

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  • John W.
  • 03-31-18

just thrilling from start to finish<br />

Must find the sequel asap whilst it remains so vivid. The storyteller made it so much more enjoyable

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  • Deano M
  • 02-01-18

The narration for this book is compelling.

The story is immersive and the narration is superb. Uhtred is as interesting a character as Sharpe and that's saying something. Certainly a page turner, with non stop interest and intrigue.

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  • Mr. Anthony D. Bateman
  • 01-22-18

vengeance

The story of King Kanutes son from slave in irons to king, of betrayal, of friendship, and forgive me, of hilarity when a fanatical priest gets his comeuppance. This is one of my favourite stories of Utred as Alfred is only fleetingly involved. The story is quite different, and I suppose, because none of the favoured characters dies. Jonathan Keeble is as usual brilliant in his narration, but Utred must return to Wessex......and Alfred.

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  • Cerebum
  • 12-09-17

brilliant

I absolutely love these stories. Bernard Cornwell is a master of the historical drama. time for the next one.

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  • Richard
  • 09-26-17

Jonathan Keeble the perfect narrator

Jonathan Keeble is Outred. He is an actor who is inside the head of his part and brings depth and enjoyment over and above the written page or a less accomplished narrator. I'm amazed that a narrator can make such a difference, but it shows that a brilliant actor (or narrator) can lift plays and books to a higher level.

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  • eatough1999
  • 08-16-17

Excellent

On now to book 4, am loving this series. Sadly Keeble does not narrate after book 4 - which is a real shame.
The story line continues as we follow Uthred through his journeys, plenty battles, rage, revenge, skullduggery and beautiful hints and glimmers of romance on odd occasions revealing the complexity of humanity.