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This is the fifth book in The Saxon Stories by Bernard Cornwell I had listened to all of the revious books in the series in audiobook format This is the first one that I read in Lightning Over Bennett Ranch print I thought before starting the book that it would be dry because it was not being read by a narrator But I was wrong Therinted book is just as fun as the audiobooks I am always amazed by the ingenuity that Bernard Cornwell inserts into the situations that befall the main character of the book Uhtred I have yet to be bored every chapter is entertaining and a joy to readThe characters all seem so human Sometimes they make wise decisions while at other times they seem to be their own worst enemies For example Uhtred is usually making very good choices and strategies when he has sufficient time to think it all out But when he is enraged he can do the stupidest things I applaud Bernard Cornwell s imagination and his wonderful story telling ability The battles the enmities and the friendships are all told so well it is uite amazing to me I highly recommend this series Promise to review as soon as Sri Sumarah, Pariyem dan Bu Bei possible In The Burning Land the fifth entry in The Saxon Stories we follow the escapades of a 35 or 36 year old Uhtred of Bebbanburg He s still Alfred s oathman and has been residing in Lundune The Danish warrior and Uhtred s ex servant Haesten is an everpresent nuisance but in this novel we are introduced to the leader and lover of another force of Danes who are beingroblematic and threatening Alfred s Class Struggles peace Harald Bloodhair and Skade Haesten informs Uhtred that Skade is Bloodhair s woman bitch lover and sorceress He also kindly warns Uhtred that if you see her my friend you ll want her But she ll nail your skull to her hall gable if she can The Burning Land is about these Danish threats to Wessex and Mercia and the importance of oathsRecently The Saxon Stories series has been my go to choice when I couldn t decide between other books to read next I find myself drifting back to them every 3rd or 4th book My experiences with all of the stories so far have been 4 or 5 star reads and at approximately 300ages I tend to race through these in under a week The chapters here take about half an hour to read and I tended to devour 2 or 3 in a sitting The Burning Land is of the same of what has come before yet the series is nowhere near becoming stale in fact I d say that as Uhtred is ageing his life experience and intelligence lead to really clever moments that are great to read Such as a moment including bees and another with ships sailsWe still have battles war councils friendships loyalty and omens but however much I have enjoyed the Wilfred Owen (Routledge Revivals) previous novels I think this entry has been theerfect example of Cornwell s strengths as a writer Study to Teach put on display There is still humour featured in The Burning Land when the scenariosermit it as there is dread fear and hatred Uhtred s utter loathing of Christianity is known throughout at least three nations and he doesn t let that up in this entry either as can be seen in uotes such as the belowFolk tell their children that success lies in working hard and being thrifty but that is as much nonsense as supposing that a badger a fox and a wolf could build a church The way to wealth is to become a Christian bishop or a monastery s abbot and thus be imbued with heaven s Global Corporations in Global Governance permission to lie cheat and steal your way to luxuryAnother highlight of The Saxon Stories is the rich and diverse cast of characters Uhtred s firsterson Angels in Harmony perspectiveresents a wide lethora of emotions depending on who he is discussing Love for someone like Gisela respect for someone like Steapa loyalty for someone like Finan admiration for someone like thelfl d and detest for someone like thelred or any number of the gaggle of religious influencers thelfl d remains your wife I told him uietly but if she dies mysteriously or if she sickens or if I hear rumours of a spell cast against her then I shall find you cousin and I shall suck the eyeballs out of your skull and spit them down your throat so you choke to death I smiled Send your men to Lundene and keep your country If I hadn t received a review copy of one of my most anticipated reads of the year R F Kuang s The Burning God then I than likely would have just carried on with this series At this rate I will have finished the books that are already out before the release of the final no. The enemy is massing on the borders a united force for onceThe king a man of many victories is in failing health and his heir is an untested youthUthred the king's champion lead.
Vel Wolf Lord on the 15th of October My fellow reviewer Edward Gwynne s reviews of the later novels remain extremely ositive so it looks like I am in for fine reading experiences with Uhtred Finan Osferth et al Uhtred is 35 36 during this novel not much older than me and he is still in the front row of the shield wall or the first over the Autumn Brides palisades I m intrigued to see if and how that changes as he ages further yet Iredict his importance will not be diminished I really can t wait to continue with Uhtred s adventure and know for sure that I will be back very soon I am sad to report I can only give this one 3 StarsI really had high hopes for my return to the world of Uhtred of Bebbanburg and England of the late 9th Century The good The Princess and the Three Knights points 1 no one does a better battle scene than Cornwell and the battles here areretty good 2 Cornwell really The Beauty of Believing paints a grimicture of life and it always seems accurate 3 Cornwell skewers treacherous royalty and Christian Sticky Church priests with such skill yet alsoortrays some as brave and likeableThe bad 1 Uhtred is Forbidden Love Unchained pissing me off He has such clever strategy and tactics when supporting King Alfred s goals yet is so stupid when it come to his own goals like recovering Bebbanburg orrotecting his family 2 Uhtred Witches of the Deep South pretty much meanders aimlessly between battles while moping about his fate 3 Just didn t feel like the story was much advanced with this one Fastaced and engaging this series is still keeping its charm Wyrd bi ful r d Fate is inexorable I had a super long review written for this series but I deleted the document accidentally so let me share with you at least some major Metro 2033 (Universo Metro) points to explain my reasons for loving this series so much Astonishing storytelling skills Bernard Cornwell brought 9th century England alive for me Unforgettable narrator Uhtred of Bebbanburg is unapologetic and ruthless yet lovable and admiration worthy character with brilliant military strategic mind He is a true hero Complex and fascinating side characters that you will love to come back to Constanthilosophical battle between Christianity paganism and Christianity that depicts giveneriod Run for Your Life (Michael Bennett, precisely Well thought out storyline and twists War and fight scenes are chillingly realistic I really felt like I was there with Uhtred fighting every new enemy or beingart of countless shield warsAll in all The Warrior ChroniclesSaxon Stories series all 10 available books is spectacular story with spectacular writing It is one of the best historical fiction stories I have ever read and it is the Alice-Miranda at Camp perfect example of how to write engaging historical fiction series that never get boring orredictableMoreover I loved author s note at the end of every book where author explained which The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature (Penguin Press Science) (English Edition) parts were based on historical facts and whicharts of his novel he made up RECOMMENDED The gods are capricious and I was about to amuse them And Alfred was right I was a fool The Mighty ThorUhtred Lord of Bebbanburg is an enigma He is a man without a country not only because England doesn t yet ex There is nothing I d like to see than Uhtred completely re joining the Danes I d like to see him join forces with Ragnar Ragnarson I d like to see the two stood side by side in the shield wall I d like to see them smash Alfred s forces and Uhtred lunge Serpents Breath into the heart of Wessex But alas Alfred has Uhtred s oath of loyalty and obedience He may leave his side for a time but it would never and could never be ermanent A strong test of loyaltyHowever when he accidently breaks a Wilderness Survival Handbook priest s neck when he tried to get him to shut up byunching him in the face he is forced to flee from Alfred s court Despite the victory Uhtred has just granted Alfred which literally saved his kingdom he is banished because he accidently kills a simple minded The White Mans Burden priest Indeed the men he has just saved call for his blood the blood of the warrior without whom they would all be dead Well that s gratitude for you Who could blame Uhtred for finally trying to fulfil his heart s desire I was without a lord I was outcast I was free I was going Viking Unfortunately Uhtred has a soft spot for Alfred s daughter When she comes reuesting his help he is forced to make yet another hard decision He is torn between wanting to fight with his Danish brothers and the King he has sworn his service to Alfred s daughter reminds him of his oath and one he also made to her inrivate Uhtred. S his country's forces to war but his victory is soured by ersonal tragedy and by the envy of the king's court So he breaks with the king and takes off for the land of his birt.
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Is in a difficult situation because if he goes with her he may have to face his beloved friend Ragnar Ragnarson which is a fate worse than death How could Uhtred fight the man he loves for the man he hates Bad choicesI really don t like Alfred the Great in this novel He owes everything to Uhtred as without him he would have lost his kingdom long ago yet time and time again he rewards him with unishment I cannot comprehend why Uhtred still fights for this man He clearly cannot lead him to the retaking of his childhood home he clearly cannot lead him to any serious wealth And to top it all off he manipulates Uhtred into fighting for him in the most devious ways If I was Uhtred I would long have abandoned this King I think he is a bad choice of a man to follow The thing I enjoy most about this series is the way it is narrated by an Uhtred who is looking back on his life You can almost see the smile on the aged warrior s face as he recalls the memories of his youth and the battles Carry Me Over the Threshold past Also you can hear his regret and the bad decisions he has made and the decisions he would now make instead I hope at the end of the series he finally gets his birth right which will give the warrior a sense ofeace and completion He will have no reason to raid or fight someone else s enemies He can be his own lord Overall this is another great edition to the series In this Uhtred gets the closest he has ever been to joining the Danes since he was among them in the beginning I feel like the author has almost teased me with it in this novel it s like his shown us something that could have happened and then turned the novel back in on itself and showed us what will always happen Damn you Bernard Cornwell for getting my foolish hopes up once again 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 stars How satisfying it was for me when Uthred killed that The Courtship Basket phonyriest and how disappointing that he didn t turn on Alfred and call the Danes to his banner the success is almost guaranteed but if there is a weakness in Uthred it s keeping his oaths even when the other Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 2 Samuel (The Expositors Bible Commentary parties break theirs If reading this series doesn t make you wanna scream like this then I just don t know what will The Burning Land continues Bernard Cornwell s bloodthirsty battle heavy and viciously violent viking saga England is still broken up intoieces The Danes are threatening to overrun the land Saxon King Alfred later known as Alfred the Great was holding on to Wessex and holding out hope of one day uniting the entire country under his banner But needs the help of fighting men like our anti hero hero Uhtred of BebbanburgThough he s a Small Talk pagan and acts like a Dane Uhtred is actually a Saxon who was raised by those viking Danes He reluctantly works for Alfred even if theiously Christian king and all his self righteous Accidental Pharisees priests get up Uhtred s nose He s a fierce skilled fighter who doesn t mind getting his hands dirty and his nose bloodied It s what he s good at However he doesn t like to be anyone s lapdog so any chance he gets he heads north to threaten the impregnable fortress at Bebbanburg his rightful seat ofower currently held by his usurping uncle Cornwell is a dab hand at crafting this articular character You ll find him in the long running Sharpe series as the titular main character Cornwell is also uite adept at writing very exciting and highly realistic historical fiction You re in capable hands on both counts I especially like that he includes afterwards of real history information at the end of these books to let you know the true story behind the fiction In this one he admits to falsifying the character of a historical figure to fit his novel and goes on to give a recommendation for further and correct reading on said figure That s a conscientious writer for you The Burning Lands is a articularly tight volume in this series Each scene is meaningful and the action feels fast Any lapse in the forward Light Thickens (Roderick Alleyn, progress is a joy to read as Cornwell does his best toaint vivid settings and to A Multi-Site Church Roadtrip portray all from Saxon to Dane man to woman andeasant to King This one really surprised me I thought Uhtred was on his way to freedom but Norse Gods have something else set for him. H determined to resist all calls for his return That is until one unexpected reuestThis is the making of England brought magnificently to life by the master of historical fictio.
Cornwell was born in London in 1944 His father was a Canadian airman and his mother who was English a member of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force He was adopted and brought up in Essex by the Wiggins family who were members of the Peculiar People a strict Protestant sect who banned frivolity of all kinds and even medicine After he left them he changed his name to his birth mother's maiden n