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Lords of the North, [Large Print]

By Bernard Cornwell

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Format: Paperback, 512 pages, Large Print Edition
Published In: United States, 01 January 2007
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From Bernard Cornwell, the undisputed master of historical fiction, hailed as "the direct heir to Patrick O'Brien,"* comes the third volume in the exhilarating Saxon Tales: the story of the birth of England as the Saxons and Danes fight together as one.

The year is 878, and 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, as Lords of the North begins, he is disgusted by Alfred's lack of generosity and goes 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. He needs other allies if he is to attack Dunholm, and chooses Guthred, a seemingly deluded slave who believes he is a king. Together they cross the Pennines to where a desperate alliance of fanatical Christians and beleaguered Danes form a new army to confront the terrible Viking lords who rule Northumbria. Love, betrayal, redemption—all follow, as Uhtred reluctantly creates a surprising partnership that determines the fate of England itself.

* The Economist

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Third in the "Saxon Chronicles," this work introduces our hero, Uhtred, to the man who calls himself king of North-umbria. One-day laydown. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Adult/High School-This third novel that focuses on Uhtred is filled with plenty of action, betrayal, and bloodshed, along with a healthy dose of religion and superstition, as Saxons, Christians, and Scots battle for the ground that will become Great Britain. Set amid actual historical events and people, the story picks up where The Pale Horseman (HarperCollins, 2006) left off and is told by Uhtred; his tone is straightforward in a manly, congenial way. Going from an honored warrior of King Alfred to a slave and back, he is tested again and again as he fights not only for the king, but also for the woman he wants. The knowledge that his fate is set by the gods is a constant reminder that, although he is a mighty warrior, he is, in the end, only a man subject to their whims. A blood feud has charted his course, and his outlook on life is only to make a good accounting of himself before he takes up his rightful place in the corpse-hall. Although it may be difficult for newcomers to the series to grasp the characters' tangled relationships, historical fiction lovers and those who want a good old-fashioned action tale should enjoy this book.-Charli Osborne, Oxford Public Library, MI Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Set in A.D. 878, Cornwell's splendid third Saxon novel (after The Pale Horseman and The Last Kingdom) chronicles the adventures of 21-year-old Saxon warrior Uhtred of Bebbanburg, who believes "my swords could win me the whole world." Uhtred, who despite his Danish upbringing supported King Alfred of Wessex in the fight against the Danes in The Pale Horseman, helps free Guthred, an enslaved Dane, who proclaims himself king of Northumbria. "Fate is inexorable," Uhtred constantly bemoans as he attempts to destroy such enemies as Kjartan the Cruel, Sven the One-Eyed and ?lfric (Uhtred's thief of an uncle) and woos his beloved Gisela, Guthred's Valkyrie-like sister. Uhtred must overcome many challenges, notably King Guthred's shocking betrayal that leads to Uhtred's spending two years as a shipboard slave. Cornwell, best known for his Sharpe series (Sharpe's Battle, etc.), breathes life into ancient history with disarming ease, peppering it with humor and even innocence. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

"For readers who find contentment in reading historical novels featuring clanking swords and battlefield carnage, Bernard Cornwell should be at the very top of your list...The Saxon Chronicles is very possibly his best...Wildy exciting...Cornwell keeps the pace crackling."--USA Today "Rousing...Of course, all plotlines lead to combat, and Cornwell does not disappoint as Uhtred and his beloved Danish foster brother Ragnar engage their sworn enemy, Kjartan the Cruel, in one final, horrible battle."--Booklist "Excellent sport... from the expert."--Kirkus, starred review "Uhtred's adventures are thrilling to read. It is not necessary to have read the previous books in the series, as each is self-sustaining. The creation of the world of the ninth century by Cornwell is extraordinary. His attention to detail is wonderful. There is not a moment of this book that anyone who loves to read about personal armed combat and conquest will find boring."--Roanoke Times "So soaked with blood and testosterone that it reads like a sword-and-sorcery fantasy, parlaying flamboyant violence and never-ending conflict into simple, unruly fun....There are bawdy insults and simmering feuds, betrayals and a woman worthy of Uhtred's love. And a fine promise from Cornwell: Uhtred's wars are not over."--Arizona Republic "Splendid...Cornwell...breathes life into ancient history with disarming ease, peppering it with humor and even innocence."--Publishers Weekly "Glorious."--Entertainment Weekly Glorious. --Entertainment Weekly" For readers who find contentment in reading historical novels featuring clanking swords and battlefield carnage, Bernard Cornwell should be at the very top of your list...The Saxon Chronicles is very possibly his best...Wildy exciting...Cornwell keeps the pace crackling. --USA Today" Rousing...Of course, all plotlines lead to combat, and Cornwell does not disappoint as Uhtred and his beloved Danish foster brother Ragnar engage their sworn enemy, Kjartan the Cruel, in one final, horrible battle. --Booklist" Splendid...Cornwell...breathes life into ancient history with disarming ease, peppering it with humor and even innocence. --Publishers Weekly" Excellent sport... from the expert. --Kirkus, starred review" Uhtred s adventures are thrilling to read. It is not necessary to have read the previous books in the series, as each is self-sustaining. The creation of the world of the ninth century by Cornwell is extraordinary. His attention to detail is wonderful. There is not a moment of this book that anyone who loves to read about personal armed combat and conquest will find boring. --Roanoke Times" So soaked with blood and testosterone that it reads like a sword-and-sorcery fantasy, parlaying flamboyant violence and never-ending conflict into simple, unruly fun....There are bawdy insults and simmering feuds, betrayals and a woman worthy of Uhtred s love. And a fine promise from Cornwell: Uhtred s wars are not over. --Arizona Republic"

EAN: 9780060888633
ISBN: 0060888636
Publisher: HarperLuxe
Dimensions: 23.14 x 15.27 x 3.68 centimetres (0.59 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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