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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
4.8 out of 5 stars (1,167 ratings)

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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

Critic reviews

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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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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Slow start but worth the wait

Not the best start and for a while I was afraid the story would descend into cliche and predictability, but perhaps Cornwell was just teasing, because the plot twists were unexpected, and they kept coming, and I listened half the night!

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I love these tales

I've listened to these books many times. The narration is the best I've heard. I could listen all day... in fact I do!

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Bloody entertaining

Another great entry in the Last Kingdom series, brought to vivid life by Mr. Keeble's fantastic narration. Superb work all round.

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Highly recommended

As 'unput downable' as all his others! Full of action and intrigue and plot twists.

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5 Star Performance!

Blinding book, wonderfully narrated. Jonathan Keeble is a wonderful narrator, I’ve listened to books before read by him and I’ve always been impressed. I do hope he reads the rest of the series for us. This is the best book out of the first three in my opinion, the books have improved as they’ve gone along, I’m dreading a lull or change of narrator!

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fabulous

another brilliant instalment of this series i will be buying the next one now. Bernard Cornwell is a genius and perfect narration

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Wonderful story

The Lords of the North it’s a captivating story. It kept me enchanted and unable to move , waiting for the plot to unravel. It’s a great novel for everyone.

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Always delivers!

A long standing fan of Bernard Cornwell, and the Utred series. Jonathan Keeble has the unique ability to bring all the characters to life. Amazing!

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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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  • 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