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The Lords of the North by Bernard Cornwell

The Lords of the North (2006)

by Bernard Cornwell, Bernard Cornwell

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(50) This is the 3rd installment of the Utred series - set in King Alfred's 9th century England during the strife between the Saxons and the invading Danes. In this one, Utred is again on his own having lost Iseult and leaves Arthur's Wessex for the North. He is reunited with Ragnar and they go to settle old scores.

I enjoyed this similarly to the other installments. I am now watching the Netflix series so I have become a bit confused about scenes from the series versus scenes from this latest installment. It is all blood and guts, shield walls, glory, betrayal, enslavement, etc. At one point Utred is down but against all odds essentially rises from the dead to a position of power. At the end, he is still not Lord of Bebbanburg, nor has he shaken his oath to Alfred, but he has got a new woman and new found wealth . . . more adventures await.

These books are a nice escape and for me; a bit of a masculine version of Sharon Kay Penman's novels - more battles, less politics and romance - but still enjoyable in a bit of a guilty pleasure sort of way. I agree with the blurbs on the books that say "like Game of Thrones, but real."

Bring on the next installment . . . ( )
  jhowell | Dec 6, 2017 |
Left me breathless, running around the house shouting, "Uhtred and Ragnar! " ( )
  fbswss | May 29, 2017 |
The third book in Cornwell's Saxon series, this is my favorite one so far. Uhtred has escaped King Alfred's clutches only to be betrayed and sold into slavery. After he gets free, thanks to King Alfred, he joins forces with the Kings of the North to avenge past wrongs. ( )
  Oodles | Feb 16, 2016 |
Cornwell is predictably unpredictable! The novel moves at a steady pace but there are plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader turning the page! For sure I will be reading the next book in the series before very long! These books are taking me about two days each to read through. Grand fun! ( )
  kukulaj | Dec 26, 2015 |
In this installment of the 'Saxon Stories', we are finally introduced to the craziness and insanity that is Northumbria. While the first two books were great in their development of Uhtred's story, this is where the main story arc across the main series really gets going. Bernard Cornwell has a habit of playing mind games, and forces his readers to understand that no character, however noble, always makes good decisions. ( )
  bdtrump | May 9, 2015 |
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The year is 878. Uhtred, the dispossessed son of a Northumbrian lord, has helped the Saxons of Wessex defeat the invading Danes. Now, finally free of his allegiance to the victorious, ungrateful King Alfred, he is heading home to rescue his stepsister, a prisoner of Kjartan the Cruel in the formidable Danish stronghold of Dunholm. Uhtred's best hope is his sword, Serpent-Breath, for his only allies are Hild, a West Saxon nun fleeing her calling, and Guthred, a slave who believes himself king. Rebellion, chaos, fear, and betrayal await them in the north, forcing Uhtred to turn once more, reluctantly, to the liege he formerly served in battle and blood: Alfred the Great.

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Returning to his northern home, Uhtred of Bebbanburg finds himself caught up in the takeover crusade of a self-proclaimed ruler of Northumbria, a situation that culminates in a midnight siege on a seemingly impregnable city.

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