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
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)
Very close to the top. Am very fussy and go in for series so there isn't a downright winner except for maybe Stieg Larsson.
This is obviously the continuing saga of Uhtred of Bebbanberg who I have totally fallen for. Love his flawed character and his honesty. Am finding lots of parallels with Game of Thrones so I'm interested to know which were written first. The realism in Bernard Cornwell's writing goes a long way to making it so immersive. This particular book has a happy ending - spoiler alert - so that's always good.
Jonathan Keeble's performance is so brilliant. I love the difference between the narrator Uhtred - an old man - and the younger Uhtred in the stories. And all the other characters are so recognisable. Never caricatures - understated accents for the Danes. The pace is perfect.
Am just about to buy book 4 and after that the narrator changes which I am rather dreading although I have listened to samples and I will manage. I have read or listened to the whole series once already a year ago and looking forward to having all the audio versions.
I find that the relationship which moves me most in Book3 is the one between Uhtred and Hilde. It's the same in the TV adaptation. They genuinely care for each other and manage to keep sex out of it - Uhtred is a bit of a serial womaniser!
As a child I used to be grateful I didn't live in any of our bloodthirsty past eras. I am even more grateful now. It would be great if there could be pdfs of maps or other visual material - in the books there are maps and lists of placenames, words etc. That is useful and I know you can download this sort of thing when buying music videos. Audible?
Great story, good narration. A time almost forgotten brought to life. You can almost smell, hear and taste the history.
I got into the Last Kingdom Series following the TV show and went straight to book 2 not realising it was the second half of the TV series. But how much better the books are!! The third installment certainly doesn't disappoint. A simple read/listen much alike Simon Scarrow's eagle series.
"Worth listening to repeatedly"
Another home run for Audible, Jonathan Keeble and The Great Bernard Cornwell, Lord of the Short Novel.
"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.
"Hard to put down"
A great story, with an excellent narration. Third book in the series, all great books. Recommended.
"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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