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The Lords of the North

The Last Kingdom Series, Book 3
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Series: The Last Kingdom Series, Book 3
Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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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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Best book ever

The best audio book ever. It was as if you I was watching a movie.

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excellent

great serise i highly recommend. makes you feel like your in the battles and apart of whats happening

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Excellent

It’s not often the third part of a series is as brilliant as the first two books, but this really is. Uttred’s character develops brilliantly as he faces the challenges the three Wyrd Sisters throw at him. As also Cornwell’s writing is acute, with clever plotting, pace a plenty and a master class in writing battle scenes. It’s all here, amazing research, wonderful writing and a gripping tale. I couldn’t take out the ear buds.

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A wonderful read

The first to last word was spellbinding.
I am eager to read more by Bernard Cornwell

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a cracking story

a great listen
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Brilliant

Another exciting, well written book by Bernard Cornwell. Johnathan Keeble brings it to life with his awesome narration. Reading the series is a definite must.

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3rd times a charm

Another great story brought to life once again by the sensational Jonathan Keeble, must buy!

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Awesome!<br />

These books are awesome. The stories are written so well and have such good pace. I struggle to find places to pause and put it down because it keeps pulling you through with excitement. The narration is also top notch, it really improves my experience of these books. I'll be straight onto the next in the series now!

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Brilliant series

It's great as part of the series of books but equally great stand alone book.

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Lords of the North

Best book so far in this brilliant series. Narrator superb. Totally absorbing story, compelling characters.

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  • Murray
  • 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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  • Rui Ribeiro
  • 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