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)
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.
I really wasn't sure about this. after watching the BBC series based on the first two books (which started off slowly with a most disagreeably arrogant Utred) I found I had warmed to it and wanted to hear more.
I've been waiting (in vain) for Gemmell books to make it to audible.... but until they do, I'll take this series happily.
Superbly narrated, the tone of an older man telling tales of his younger, arrogant self works so much more than the TV show did, and the characters leap out the headphones.
Utred is a wonderful blend of the Earl of Bronze and a young Druss. flawed, arrogant but bold.
If you loved the exploits of Ragnar Loddbrook in Vikings, you'll not be disappointed here.
"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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