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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

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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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  • 10-09-21

Worth it

fantastic series. but this is not the best book: too much procedure detail and extended side plots. overall fantastic performance, great range of accents; except women, who are mostly made to cackle

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We love these books and narrator!

These books are terrific, and completely brought to life by Jonathan Keeble! Wholly disappointed that he hasn't narrated the whole series, as the chap that follows him is a total let down. Bring back Jonathan Keeble, please!

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Excellent! A great yarn

it's a great easy listen and so well narrated. I've listened to the first three in The Last Kingdom series and I'll be enjoying all the rest. Superb.

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Great story.

Non stop story line. Lots of fine characters. Only criticism is that the female characters voices were terrible and made it impossible to believe in them. Probably the best of the last kingdom I’ve listened to.

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Great Stuff

Really well written and performed. Lots of Twista and turns in this adventure with plenty still to come in books ahead!

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Top quality listening 👌

much better than the Netflix dramatisation... it flows like serpent breath with wasp sting story

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Great installment in the series

A great book in the series. Loved it as an individual story but you can feel the series building stronger.

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Great entertainment

loved every second of the narration in particularly the way the narrator evokes every character of this wonderful book

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loved the story, couldn't stop listening to it, well read. can't wait to listen to the next installment.

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love the story, brilliant narrator and narrative

This series is fantastic, full of thrills and story. Really well narrated too a must listen

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  • 24-09-17

Best yet

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

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  • Ashley
  • 08-03-17

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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  • Tony
  • 24-09-16

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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  • 30-04-16

Hard to put down

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

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  • Wayne Newbury-Lee
  • 07-01-15

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