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E Danes in the north led by Viking Cnut Longsword stand ready to invade and will never rest until the emerald crown is theirsUhtred once Alfred's great warrior but now out of favor with the new king must lead a band of outcasts north to recapture his old family home that great Northumbrian fortress BebbanburgLoyalties will be divided and men will fall as every Saxon kingdom is drawn into the bloodiest battle. Exciting because I was thereI d gone to these battles sites an d seen the castles of Wales last year Oh I love to read this stuff too Historical fiction of course Wessex then becomes the springboard for the campaigns that will reconuer the north and create a unified country of the English speaking tribes England By the time of Alfred s death in AD 899 the north all but for impregnable Bebbanburg is under Danish rule while the center of the country is split between Danes and Saxons Yet slowly inexorably West Saxon armies advance northward That process was far from over in 910 but by winning the decisive victory at Tettenhall the West Saxons drive the Danes out of the Midlands New burhs in the conuered territory will consolidate the gains Yet the Danes are far from beaten They will invade again and their hold on the north is still powerful but from this point on they are mostly on the defensive Edward Alfred s son and thelflaed Alfred s daughter are the driving forces behind this process yet neither will live to see the final victory which results at last in a country called England That victory will be won by thelstan Edward s son and Uhtred will be there to witness it But that is another story Revenge ni Miss Piggy to invade and will never rest until Breakfast Book the emerald crown is The Librarian and the Spy (Librarian and the Spy Escapade theirsUhtred once Alfred's great warrior but now out of favor with Day of Independence (Bad Men of the West, the new king must lead a band of outcasts north A Bookmarked Death (Delhi Laine Mystery to recapture his old family home Card Concepts that great Northumbrian fortress BebbanburgLoyalties will be divided and men will fall as every Saxon kingdom is drawn into Emotional Victory thereI d gone Still Life with Woodpecker to Bo Knows Bo these battles sites an d seen Gender and Food the castles of Wales last year Oh I love Knitting Sweaters from the Top Down too Historical fiction of course Wessex Crazy Horses Girlfriend the springboard for Child Support the north and create a unified country of 777 the Lost Blood the English speaking Abandoned Alice the Map My Heart time of Alfred s death in AD 899 Scandal the north all but for impregnable Bebbanburg is under Danish rule while Embellish Me the country is split between Danes and Saxons Yet slowly inexorably West Saxon armies advance northward That process was far from over in 910 but by winning The Snakehead the decisive victory at Tettenhall The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, the Danes out of Truly Wilde the Midlands New burhs in VEGAN ganz anders the conuered An Infamous Army (Alastair, the gains Yet Score! the Danes are far from beaten They will invade again and Abela their hold on A Sisters Secret the north is still powerful but from Arabella / Bath Tangle / The Nonesuch this point on Butchers Crossing they are mostly on Unchained Melanie the defensive Edward Alfred s son and Olivias Luck thelflaed Alfred s daughter are Middle Class Problems the driving forces behind The City of London, Volume 2 this process yet neither will live Ainsleys Ultimate Barbecue Bible to see How We Lived Then the final victory which results at last in a country called England That victory will be won by Top Tips for Fussy Eaters thelstan Edward s son and Uhtred will be The Snake Mistake Mystery (The Great Mistake Mysteries to witness it But The Loch Ness Mystery Reloaded that is another story

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Bernard Cornwell who is at his enthralling best conveying one of the defining periods of English history Wall Street Journal returns to his epic Saxon Tales saga with this dramatic story of divided loyalties bloody battles and the struggle to unite Britain At the onset of the tenth century England is in turmoil Alfred the Great is dead and Edward his son reigns as king Wessex survives but peace cannot hold th. After just a few pages Uhtred has murdered an abbot kicked a former friend s teeth in and disowned a son He uickly names another his heir then shortly afterwards his hall is burned down and his woman is abducted by a mysterious band of warriors So it s just another day for the mighty Pagan Lord Uhtred And he s finally going home Uhtred has very little left at this point Most of his friends are dead and he has been chased off his own land There are no wars to fight and no enemies to slay So why not make some new ones His king ignores his reuest for aid he wants to take back his childhood home once and for all but no one else cares He has no one to turn to Even Ragnar has died of old age So what does he do He goes on a suicide mission and strikes at one of the most heavily guarded fortresses in the land with just thirty six men He attempts to take back his impregnable fortress which has a garrison into the hundreds He certainly hasn t got a lot of muscle on his side but what he does have is subterfuge and eons of experience He has a lifetime s worth of experience in war murder and glorious battle No living warrior is his eual He has been in many tight fights over the years though this is without a doubt one of the most intense His feud with his uncle finally receives its conclusion which unsurprisingly only gives birth to blood feuds Such is the way of the warrior Forever the champion These books tend to follow a really rigid formula and oddly enough it s not been worn out Uhtered begins each book with a crime or banishment sometimes a random adventure he is then hated and goes on a little bit of a personal escape of Viking raiding however it never lasts because his oath to Wessex always calls him back He is like a dog on a leash This book is no different he has his fun and then he has to go back and fight another man s war This book is no different to this structure I wouldn t expect it to be nor would I want it to be Cornwell s structure works time and time again So it was no surprise to see Uhtred save Alfred s dream of England one time He gave his oath to a dying man and he intends to keep it even if he lives to regrets it I m not going to talk about character development again because I think Uhtred had developed all he will He s coming towards the end of his fighting strength and at this point I m incredibly curious to see how this series will end Will it be a bloodbath Will it be with Uhtred s death I can t wait to find out But I think there will be a good few books first It s like the author doesn t want to stop writing the series It s not a case of beating a dead horse but like riding a warhorse in all its glory The Saxon Stories 1 The Last Kingdom A fine five stars2 The Pale Horsman A brilliant five stars3 Lords of the North A vengeful four stars4 Sword Song A familiar four stars5 The Burning Land A loyal five stars6 Death of Kings A mighty five stars7 The Pagan Lord A tireless four stars

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Yet with the Danes; a war which will decide the fate of every king and the entire English nationWith The Pagan Lord New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell the reigning king of historical fiction USA Today continues his magnificent epic of the making of England during the Middle Ages vividly bringing to life the uneasy alliances bloody battles and deadly intrigue that gave birth to the British nati. This may sound odd coming from a woman but I identify with the main character of this series in many ways and as long as Bernard Cornwell doesn t mess with that character too much then he will always hit true with me as each new book in the Warrior Chronicles officially known as the Saxon Stories in the US France and some other countries is released The lowest I have ever rated a book in this series is 3 stars out of 5 and I believe of all seven books so far in this series I have only done that once With Sword Song Book Four The Pagan Lord number seven in the Warrior Chronicles was one I had been practically foaming at the mouth to read The name alone got my guts churning The Pagan Lord A violent kiss of a title that had most Uhtred of Bebbanburg fans clamouring to pre order Would this be the book in which he won back his ancestral right His beloved Bebbanburg Would he be able to usurp his Christian uncle Aelfric and take back his home We know it happens eventually After all from book one he is narrating as a very old man happily ensconced in his Northumberland fastness Safeguarded from the flagrant whims and judgements of Christians Kings and their nobility A pagan lord of Northumberland in his twilight years Only what age he gains it all back has been a secret the author has been reluctant to share Maybe Cornwell did not know himself when it should happen Who knows But it is an act of revenge the fans have longed for since the very first book The Last Kingdom If he takes Bebbanburg or not is up to you to discover If you are a fan of this series then you would know it is the greatest of prizes and the surprise should be yours to stumble upon I hate ruining surprises so I will only speak of how this book made me feel and of the non spoiler elements The plot itself it is all yours So go get it when you are ready Considering the churning guts and the clamouring to preorder it seems wrong to give the book less than a perfect score but I had to give it 4 stars out of 5 It is a great story and Uhtred is back in force Age has not overwelmed him yet He is as strong and as forthright as he has ever been only he is probably a lot grumpier He was always a grumpy and condescending sod of course only now his grumpy is erring to the side of old man grumpy You know the sort Bullish uick to temper short of tongue a form of irascible that only age or pain can make you And if that were not enough he is a father to boot Of adult sons What a treat that was To see Uhtred in a whole new light Portrayed in a way we have not seen before Giving Uhtred some age and some grown sons gave the book a freshness that I appreciated I did not neccesarily like every plot turn and perhaps I did wish for originality out of the plot turns I did get There was also some odd repetition Events described or relayed in the narration that were repeated nearly word for word a few chapters on was that always the case Did I just not notice this happening in previous books in the series I also felt that Cornwell may have blown a perfectly good chance to hit the market with a crisp and shiny new formula that would excite fans for the books still to come There was some newness to the formula in the form of as expressed an older main character with adult children but it wasn t entirely what I was after in this book All that aside it was terrific to be back in Uhtred of Bebbanburg s head and while the plot had it s flaws for this rabid fan I was positively glowing as I joined my old kindred spirit once on his life journey There is no character like Uhtred of Bebbanburg and for that alone I am grateful The formula may follow the same lines in a way and the books are always too short but my gratitude translates to unashamed joy and I will line up in a couple years frantically foaming at the mouth once to feed my unhealthy Uhtred addiction NB I got to interview the author Bernard Cornwell about The Pagan Lord and the series in September for the Historical Novel Society of which I am not a member so this is no shameless plug for the HNS


10 thoughts on “The Pagan Lord

  1. says:

    After just a few pages Uhtred has murdered an abbot kicked a former friend’s teeth in and disowned a son He uickly names another his heir then shortly afterwards his hall is burned down and his woman is abducted

  2. says:

    This is an ARCwhich by now is not terribly advanced at all But anyway I won it here on Goodreads and I thought I should men

  3. says:

    Now forgive me for this but BERNARD CORNWELL WRITING UHTRED IS SO DAMN GOOD I really can’t express how good this book is or do it any justice but I’ll give it a go “Five things make a man happy” I told him “a good ship a good sword a good hound a good horse and a woman” “Not a good woman?” Finan asked amused “They’re all good” I said “except when they’re not and then they’re better than good”The Pag

  4. says:

    Exciting because I was thereI'd gone to these battles sites an d seen the castles of Wales last year Oh I love to read this stuff too Historical fiction of course Wessex then becomes the springboard for the campaigns that will reconuer the north and create a unified country of the English speaking tribes England By the time of Alfred’s death in AD 899 the north all but for impregnable Bebbanburg is under Danish rule while the center of

  5. says:

    If you've gotten this far in the series you know the pattern Uhtred threatens priests leaves Wessex in a tizzy returns to save the day because of Ethelred priests proclaim it's the nailed god Uhtred does a facepalm These are an easy read and guilty pleasure

  6. says:

    Another solid entry in this great series The ending was awesome and some of the newer younger characters are really starting to shine too

  7. says:

    It's fate isn't it? One moment we're in the sunlight and the next every dark cloud in Christendom is pissing all over us Uhtred of Bebbanburg is getting old and cranky Ten years of relative peace in the kingdoms of Wessex and Mercia don't do much to improve his temper despite having good sons a young wife lands and liegemen and a reputation as the fiercest warrior in all the Saxon lands The hot blooded Uhtred digs his own grave when he ac

  8. says:

    This may sound odd coming from a woman but I identify with the main character of this series in many ways and as long as Be

  9. says:

    ‘I was sent to Hel and heard her dark cockerels crowing They announced my coming and the Corpse Ripper came for meThe Corpse Ripper all rotted flesh peeling from his yellow bones and his eyes like fire and his teeth like horns and

  10. says:

    So damn good

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