A Saxon raised by Vikings. A pagan fighting for a Christian King. The conflict at the heart of a hero will be played out in the fight for England.
It is 877. Across the kingdoms of Britain the Danes are gaining strength. Uhtred of Bebbanburg, a pagan warrior, must decide who he will align with: the Vikings who raised him or Alfred, King of the West Saxons.
As the Danes make for Wessex and threaten to destroy the kingdom, Uhtred will forge an uneasy alliance with the king, to lead the last remaining Saxon army in a battle that will be a fight for the very existence of England.
©2005 Bernard Cornwell (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Praise for The Pale Horseman:
"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)
"It is stirring stuff, and few writers are better qualified than Cornwell to do justice to the excitement of the times...Ninth-century Britain and a master of storytelling - it is a marriage made in heaven." (Sunday Telegraph)
"Cornwell's mastery of historical sources and his aptitude for battle scenes is well established...the language, and particularly the dialogue, is raw and unarchaic, rich in insults and Anglo-Saxon expletives." (Times Literary Supplement)
A superb buy.
The whole series and all Bernard Cornwell's books. They are credible and engaging. Full of excitement and characters you care about.
His performance captures the essence of Ughtred. The tone of voice expresses such emotions, and doubts. Such a shame he hasn't recorded the whole series.
Yes. Absolutely. Both for the story and the performance. (I'm now waiting for more in the series.)
The story continues at a rapid pace with uthred torn between his loyalty to the Saxons and Earl Ragnar. This in my opinion is even better that the first book and I am starting the third book immediately. Fantastic
Jonathan Keeble is perfect. that's all I have to say really. He tells the story perfectly and with such gusto that you have no trouble living everything he says as Uhtred.
I'm a huge Bernard Cornwell fan so this book as up to his usual high standard. Jonathan Keeble is the icing on the cake. really enjoying this.
I really enjoyed the skilled character portrayals by the narrator which gave life to the story. I got rather fed up with the weakness of Alfred and his seeming constant betrayals - then it struck me how like Sharpe and his Chosen Men Uhtred and his band of followers are!
Loved the twist to the idea of the Pale Horseman at the end.
While the first novel in the series covers the conquest of the anglo-saxon kingdoms, this novel covers the build up to the fight back of Wessex.
It could be argued that nothing particularly historical happens in this story, except for a few apocryphal anecdotes. But this is where Bernie C excels as a story teller and keeps you engaged in Uhtred's story.
The title didn't grab me as much, as it clearly refers to the primary antagonist (or at least the climactic antagonist). But hell, it's good and Keeble's narration still holds up well.
I listened to it over the course of a weekend and I'm even more hyped to watch the TV series now. Definitely going to get it for Yuletide this year while we engage in our pagan feasting.
Hail Thor, Hail Odin!!
"One of the best books in many year"
Nuanced characters, excellent performance, deep look into historical times. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy, history, and good story telling.
It's hard to stop listening. The story and the excellent narration grabs your attention and it's hard to put it down.
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