This is the third in a wonderful series featuring a hero born a Saxon but captured as a lad and brought up by the Danes so his heart lies in both camps. However it is for the unity of England that he fights and its King, Alfred. It is a splendid series and, although full of bloody battles, the historical detail and colour give it a general appeal. I recommend it equally to both genders.
Similar this month: None.
Comparison: C C Humpreys, Steven Pressfield, Manda Scott.
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.
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’
Publication date: 02/12/2006
Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers
Format: Paperback (b Format)
|Publication date:||2nd December 2006|
|Format:||Paperback (b Format)|
|Genres:||Action Adventure / Spy, Historical Fiction,|
Born in Essex in 1944 Bernard Cornwell was adopted at the age of six weeks by two members of a strict fundamentalist sect called the Peculiar People. He grew up in a household that forbade alcohol, cigarettes, dances, television, conventional medicine and toy guns. Not surprisingly, he developed a fascination for military adventure. As a teenager he devoured CS Forester’s Hornblower novels and tried to enlist three times. Poor eyesight put paid to his dream, instead he went to university to read theology. On graduating, he became a teacher, then joined BBC’s Nationwide, working his way up ...More About Bernard Cornwell