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The Pale Horseman (2005)

by Bernard Cornwell

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Series: The Saxon Chronicles (2)

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The second installment of Bernard Cornwell's New York Times bestselling series chronicling the epic saga of the making of England, "like Game of Thrones, but real" (The Observer, London)â??the basis for The Last Kingdom, the hit television series.

As the last unvanquished piece of England, Wessex is eyed hungrily by the fearsome Viking conquerors. Uhtred, a dispossessed young nobleman, is tied to the imperiled land by birth and marriage but was raised by the Danish invadersâ??and he questions where his allegiance must lie. But blood is his destiny, and when the overwhelming Viking horde attacks out of a wintry darkness, Uhtred must put aside all hatred and distrust and stand beside his embattled country's staunch defenderâ??the fugitive King Alfred.

The Pale Horseman is a gripping, monumental adventure that gives breathtaking life to one of the most important epochs in English historyâ??yet another masterwork from New York Times bestselling author Bernard Co… (more)

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I really do like the straightforward prose in this series. I feel like it fits well with Uhtred's personality and how he would tell a story.

There weren't as many battles in this book as in the first, and that worked well since for the majority of this book Alfred and the Saxons are pretty much hiding and trying to build up their ranks.

Uhtred grows more as a character. He's only 21 in this book, but he's seen some shit and is already growing tired and becoming more mature and seasoned.

I love the historical note in the back where Cornwell goes over who were real and what things really did happen, as well as what characters and events were either made up by him or were based on folklore. ( )
  LynnMPK | Oct 5, 2023 |
Another very enjoyable one, although I wonder how Alfred didn’t remember Kjartan (if I spelled that right) when he had so much information on him in the first book, but I digress. I enjoy these immensely, even if Uhtred forsakes the Danes and helps the Saxons. ( )
  MrMet | Apr 28, 2023 |
Uhtred is an arrogant warrior by now standing between the Danish warriors he respects and the pious Christian king whom he dislikes. This is the story of how Alfred, forced to be a fugitive in a few miles of swampland, fights his enemies against overwhelming odds . ( )
  creighley | Jul 23, 2022 |
“The Pale Horseman”, book two in Bernard Cornwell’s “Saxon Stories”, picks up right where we left Uthred in “The Last Kingdom”.

The Danes overrun Wessex and King Alfred has to hide in a swamp. And that’s my one small gripe about this book: We get to know that swamp pretty damn well.
Large parts of “Horseman” take place in the swamp and it’s a bleak place.

Apart from that there’s everything the first book had: Action, battles, betrayal, politics!

It adds new and exciting characters (Iseult!), places, intrigues and much more. At its core, “Horseman” is, fortunately, more of the same as “The Last Kingdom” and if you liked that one, it’s highly likely you’ll enjoy this one, too.

Now, you’ll have to excuse me again because right after the last page of this book, I started reading its successor and had a hard time making room for writing this!

Four out of five stars!

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  philantrop | Jul 22, 2022 |
The second book in The Last Kingdom Series. This book further fleshes out Uhtred, his motives, his personality, and his loves. This is the story of the time the Danes occupied 3/4 areas of what is now English territory. (9-10th centuries) The only hold out is King Alfred with a rag-tag army in Wessex. Alfred has a vision of a united England. This is just an excellent series. ( )
  Tess_W | Feb 25, 2022 |
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Cornwell, Bernardprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cerruti Pini, DonatellaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gibbons, LeeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Windgassen, MichaelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Ac her forĂľ beraĂ°; fugelas singaĂ°,
gylleð grœghama.


For here starts war, carrion birds sing,
and grey wolves howl.
From The Fight at Finnsburh
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The Pale Horseman is for George MacDonald Fraser, in admiration
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These days I look at twenty-year-olds and think they are pathetically young, scarcely weaned from their mothers' tits, but when I was twenty I considered myself a full-grown man.
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Fate is inexorable.
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Fiction. Literature. Thriller. Historical Fiction. HTML:

The second installment of Bernard Cornwell's New York Times bestselling series chronicling the epic saga of the making of England, "like Game of Thrones, but real" (The Observer, London)â??the basis for The Last Kingdom, the hit television series.

As the last unvanquished piece of England, Wessex is eyed hungrily by the fearsome Viking conquerors. Uhtred, a dispossessed young nobleman, is tied to the imperiled land by birth and marriage but was raised by the Danish invadersâ??and he questions where his allegiance must lie. But blood is his destiny, and when the overwhelming Viking horde attacks out of a wintry darkness, Uhtred must put aside all hatred and distrust and stand beside his embattled country's staunch defenderâ??the fugitive King Alfred.

The Pale Horseman is a gripping, monumental adventure that gives breathtaking life to one of the most important epochs in English historyâ??yet another masterwork from New York Times bestselling author Bernard Co

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