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New PDF release: Saxon Chronicles 3 Lords of the North

By Bernard Cornwell

ISBN-10: 0007219709

ISBN-13: 9780007219704

From Bernard Cornwell, the undisputed grasp of ancient fiction, hailed as "the direct inheritor to Patrick O'Brien,"* comes the 3rd quantity within the exhilarating Saxon Chronicles: the tale of the beginning of britain because the Saxons fight to repel the Danish invaders.

The 12 months is 878, and as Lords of the North starts off, the Saxons of Wessex, lower than King Alfred, have defeated the Danes to maintain their state unfastened. Uhtred, the dispossessed son of a Northumbrian lord, helped Alfred win that victory, yet now he's disgusted through Alfred's loss of generosity. Uhtred flees Wessex, going north to go looking for his stepsister, who was once taken prisoner by way of Kjartan the harsh, a Danish lord who lurks within the ambitious stronghold of Dunholm.

Uhtred arrives within the north to find uprising, chaos, and worry. His simply best friend is Hild, a West Saxon nun fleeing her calling, and his top wish is his sword, Serpent-Breath, with which he has made a extraordinary acceptance as a warrior. He wishes different companions if he's to assault Dunholm, and chooses Guthred, a doubtless deluded slave who believes he's a king. jointly they move the Pennines, the place fanatical Christians and beleaguered Danes have shaped a determined alliance to confront the bad Viking lords who rule Northumbria.

Instead of victory Uhtred unearths betrayal. yet he additionally discovers love and redemption as he's compelled to show once more to his reluctant best friend, Alfred the nice. it truly is Alfred who sees chance in Northumbria's chaos, and Alfred who looses Uhtred and his stepbrother, Ragnar, onto Dunholm, the invincible citadel on its nice spur of rock. a wide ranging experience, Lords of the North is additionally the tale of the production of britain, because the English and Danes struggle opposed to one another, but additionally locate universal reason and create a typical language. in any case they'll turn into one humans, yet as Uhtred will detect, their union is solid in the course of the white warmth of battle.

* The Economist

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His throat had been cut, though the great wound was blood­less now be­cause it had been washed clean by the Ouse. His long fair hair drift­ed like weed un­der wa­ter. We saw two more float­ing bod­ies, then we were close enough to see men on the city's ram­parts and there were too many men there, men with spears and shields, and there were more men by the riv­er quays, men in mail, men watch­ing us war­ily, men with drawn swords and Thork­ild called an or­der and our oars lift­ed and wa­ter dripped from the mo­tion­less blades.

Iseult would have killed him,' I said. Iseult had been my lover and Hild's friend. ' Hild said. It was a Chris­tian com­mand­ment and about as fu­tile, I thought, as com­mand­ing the sun to go back­wards. ' I did not want Gel­gill be­hind my back. Bolti did not move. He was too scared to obey me, but, to my sur­prise, his two daugh­ters came and fetched Sven's swords. Gel­gill tried to run, but the ta­ble was in his way and one of the girls gave a wild swing that slashed across his skull and he fell side­ways.

He point­ed at me. ' Sven looked at me. 'You have a wom­an, lep­er? ' He found that fun­ny and the two men who had fetched the wom­en laughed with him. ' 'Noth­ing,' I said. He scratched his ar­se. His men were grin­ning. They were used to de­fi­ance, and used to de­feat­ing it, and they en­joyed watch­ing Sven fleece trav­ellers. Sven poured him­self more ale. ' I did not move, did not speak, but I gen­tly pressed my legs against Wit­nere's flanks and I felt the big horse trem­ble. He was a fight­ing beast and he want­ed me to re­lease him, and per­haps it was Wit­nere's ten­sion that Sven sensed.

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