Lords of the North

Lords of the North

eBook - 2007
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The third volume in the exhilarating Saxon Chronicles: the story of the birth of England as the Saxons struggle to repel the Danish invaders. The year is 878, and as Lords of the North begins, the Saxons of Wessex, under King Alfred, have defeated the Danes to keep their kingdom free. Uhtred, the dispossessed son of a Northumbrian lord, helped Alfred win that victory, but now he is disgusted by Alfred's lack of generosity. Uhtred flees Wessex, going north to search for his stepsister, who was taken prisoner by Kjartan the Cruel, a Danish lord who lurks in the formidable stronghold of Dunholm. Uhtred arrives in the north to discover rebellion, chaos, and fear. His only ally is Hild, a West Saxon nun fleeing her calling, and his best hope is his sword, Serpent-Breath, with which he has made a notable reputation as a warrior. He needs other partners if he is to attack Dunholm, and chooses Guthred, a seemingly deluded slave who believes he is a king. Together they cross the Pennines, where fanatical Christians and beleaguered Danes have formed a desperate alliance to confront the terrible Viking lords who rule Northumbria. Instead of victory Uhtred finds betrayal. But he also discovers love and redemption as he is forced to turn once again to his reluctant ally, Alfred the Great. It is Alfred who sees opportunity in Northumbria's chaos, and Alfred who looses Uhtred and his stepbrother, Ragnar, onto Dunholm, the invincible fortress on its great spur of rock
Publisher: Pymble, NSW ; New York, NY : HarperCollins e-books, 2007
ISBN: 9780061259968
0061259969
9780061259951
0061259950
Branch Call Number: eBook--Adult
Characteristics: data file
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jaybird443
Aug 22, 2016

Very entertaining book. The BBC series is very good too. Not quite as good as Game of Thrones but easier to read.

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Blabbermouth
Jul 24, 2014

I enjoyed lords of the north. I'm enjoying the Saxon series. I'm now loyal to Uthred. May not be the best of the best but it is enjoyable & I'm looking forward number four.

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siharris
Nov 30, 2012

Not Cornwell's best book (nor in my opinion his best series up this point), but I still ended up reading the last third in one session, frantically turning pages to find out who Uthred was going to hack to pieces next, which at the end of the day is what I tend to read Cornwell books for!

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TheIronPaw
Nov 22, 2012

Another of Bernard Cornwell's exciting historical novels with lots of action and history - though for a change Cornwell wasn't closely bound to the details of battles and political events because there is very little known about the area and period of this action. If you have read the first 2 novels of this series you will recognize our arrogant but likeable hero who continues to struggle to overcome the results of his own actions.

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