Lords of the North (The Saxon Stories, #3)
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Lords of the North (The Warrior Chronicles/Saxon Stories #3)

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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 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 D...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published January 23rd 2007 by Harper (first published January 1st 2006)
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Jason Koivu
It's Danes versus Saxons in a fight for the right to rule over a cold, wet island soon to be known as England, as depicted by these toys in this unrealistic setting...

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Our hero Uhtred is still at it, trying to regain what is rightfully his, the impregnable fortress Bebbanburg. But as usual, a bunch of assholes stand in his way.

Sorry for cussing just then. However, if you've read any of Bernard Cornwell's books before, you're probably not too shocked by it. The only thing that might've surprised y...more
Alicja
rating: 4.5/5

This is the third in the Warrior Chronicles/Saxon Stories series and am still loving it! Uhtred is a blood-lusting arrogant ass with a cruel streak but also a redeeming goodness (which seems contradictory but you just gotta read for it to make sense).

This book picks up soon after the battle in the second book, The Pale Horseman, ends. Alfred gives Uhtred "five hides" as reward for his actions (the bastard) so Uhtred buries his fortune and, with Hild in tow, makes it for Northumbria...more
Terri
Uhtred makes me laugh. I like him and I get him.

Okay, if you have read my review of the first two books in this series, The Last Kingdom and The Pale Horseman, - and it would be most arrogant of me to assume that you have - then you will understand why I have started this review with those few simple words.
For those who have not read those reviews, let me explain.

I love this Saxon series of Cornwell's, I love the main character, Uhtred, I love the way Cornwell writes, I love this world he has br...more
Darkpool (protesting GR censorship)
I enjoyed this very much, although I wonder just how wise it is to drive suburban streets while listening to graphic descriptions of people hitting each other with sharp swords. Having listened to the previous book in this series, it was very interesting to hear differences in the styles of the two readers - having become used to Tom Sellwood's more restrained style for The Pale Horseman, it took me a little time to get used to Richard Armitage's more vigorous narration for this book (ah, but he...more
Nate
I've heard a lot of people gripe about the fact that Cornwell sticks to a somewhat formulaic pattern with his books; a lot of people don't like it, but I do. I do enjoy when authors have a lot of dynamics and changing styles, ideas, plots etc. from book to book, but I also sometimes just want to read something where I know what I'm gonna get and I don't have to adapt or really face any challenge with new facets of an author's work. That's not to say that it's boring or stale, though; he's great...more
Graham
In LORDS OF THE NORTH, the third in Bernard Cornwell's Saxon Stories concerning the lives of Uhtred and Alfred the Great in the late 9th century, the author takes us away from the familiar trappings of Wessex into a whole new territory: the wild Northumbrian north. I think it was a good call, because it breathes new life into the series.

At first, though, I thought this was the weakest of the series so far. The first third seems very...irrelevant. We're introduced to a whole new cast of character...more
Bill Krieger
Women and war!

This is the third in Cromwell's Viking series. It's (again) really good, light guy reading. There's tons of Viking gore and manly shenanigans. The whole series was definitely worth reading.

Cromwell seemed to enjoy coming up with a lot of creative Viking insults in this book. For example:

+ "He will die like a snake under a hoe!"

+ "I watched a goat vomit yesterday, and what it threw up reminded me of you."

+ "When you're dead, I shall have your skin tanned and made into a saddle so...more
Kevin
I've seen great praise for Cornwell as a historical novelist, and so, when I saw this series surrounding the age of Alfred the Great, I was excited and ready to see something good. I found something mediocre. The protagonist is Uthred, a fictional dispossessed Saxon lord, raised by Danes, in the midst of their greatest effort to conquer England. It's a good premise, to give a perspective from both sides of the story. And the story-telling, done by an omniscient, older Uthred, commenting on his m...more
Kate Quinn
Uhtred does considerable growing up in the third installment of the Saxon Stories, growing from a brash and over-confident boy to a man hardened and tempered by suffering. He is now a warrior of considerable reputation, but Alfred has dispensed with his services now that peace has come to Britain. Spitting with rage over his demotion, Uhtred goes north to meet old enemies and make some new ones. Betrayal leaves him enslaved and chained to an oar but unbroken, and when he gains his freedom Uhtred...more
Billy
NOOOO!!!!! 6 months wait for the next book. This was GREAT!,

Book three in the Saxon Chronicles is the best book by Bernard Cornwell that I have read. I had read his "Grail Quest Trilogy" before coming to this series, which I thought was a trilogy, but now know could go on much longer (it will be at least 4 books and I certainly hope for more).

"Lords of the North" continues the fantastic, emotional tale of Uhtred, the fictional Saxon-born, Dane-adopted and raised warrior, that is fated to fight f...more
Shane
Oct 01, 2007 Shane rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Cornwell fans
Cornwell does it again. I keep thinking after reading so many of his books of the same genre I should be feeling guilty like I'm reading Star Trek or romance novels or something... but they're just so damn good.

Not every one is great, and none of them have lived up to the Warlord trilogy but this series is pretty spectacular and the narrator's voice is perfect for the story. Hearing it is like visiting an old friend. I thought that this would be the last book of Utred because in the middle somew...more
Erika
It’s the late 9th Century and Uhtred Ragnarson of Bebbanburg is back and ready for more sword-waving, shield-bearing, and brute force honesty. Lords of the North opens with Uhtred and Hild immediately after the events of the third Saxon Chronicle book The Pale Horseman. Uhtred, the protagonist of the series, is our narrator again and brings a blunt, rough, and for lack of a better word, stereotypically male point of view to real historical events revolving around certain real historical figures...more
Hilary
Convinced to read this by the brilliant sudiobook version read by Richard Armitage. Not otherwise my cup of tea at all - sword porn, I'd have called it. However, Cornwell is a very skilful storyteller, and I romped through this, and its prequel/sequels. I do love the Anglo-saxon age as the setting for a period adventure series, I've decided, and it's made me read around the history of King Alfred more deeply.
Dawn
This continues to be a great series.

Despite his hatred for the sickly King Alfred, fate seems to be drawing Uhtred to the Saxon side of the war for England.

Continuing in the vein of the previous books there is plenty of conflict and death. I'm not sure if this book makes Uhtred more or less likeable but it sure makes me want to know more about what happens to him.
Mike
Cornwell is a great fallback when you can't decide what to read next, which is why I picked this one. Third book in Uhtred's tale is good enough.
Fiona
It took me a few chapters to get into this one but once the twists in the tale started, I was spellbound. Uhtred is a complex character - a hero but not a particularly nice one much of the time. Fortunately his conscience (not his feminine side ha ha!), his intelligence and his insight mostly get the better of him which is just as well because otherwise he'd be a murdering, bloodthirsty, nightmare of an alpha male! My only gripe - the one which gives this 4 instead of 5 stars - is that Thyra and...more
Laura
Aug 08, 2009 Laura rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Laura by: kindly sent by Ana O.
The third book of this series, must read the fourth one.
Jim
Lords of the North is the middle novel of Bernard Cornwell's excellent Saxon Tales series of five novels set in the 9th century. Alfred is King of Wessex, but the series' point of view character is Uhtred of Bebbanburg (Bamburg), a Saxon of noble birth who is brought up by Vikings. The central point of the whole series is the tug between a newly confident Christianity and the old gods of Asatru. As Uhtred says at one point:
I remember blind Ravn, Ragnar's grandfather, telling me that the gods lik
...more
Joyce Lagow
Third in the Saxon Tales series.[return][return]In 878, Uhtred the dispossessed heir of Bebbbanberg, has been rewarded by Alfred, King of Wessex, for Uhtred� s critical role in winning the battle of Ethandun against a Danish army--with a miserable little holding that was barely able to support the three slave families that worked it. Alfred is by nature a miser and his dislike of Uhtred, who refuses to become a Christian, only adds to the insult.[return][return]Uhtred has had enough of Alfred wh...more
Iceman
“Os Senhores do Norte” é o 3º volume da saga “Saxónica” e, à semelhança dos antecessores, o autor desenha-nos todo um cenário violento e cruel onde a lei se fazia pela espada e pela honra.

Embora romanceado, sabemos que esta história é fortemente baseada em factos verídicos, aliás, o segredo de Cornwell é precisamente o de saber conjugar ficção com realidade, fundindo-a, confundindo o leitor que fica sem saber onde começa uma e acaba outra tal o realismo das suas narrativas.

Mas convenhamos, não é...more
Alex Telander
LORDS OF THE NORTH BY BERNARD CORNWELL: In Lords of the North (coming January 23rd), the wonderful writer of great historical periods and characters brings us the third in his increasingly popular Saxon Chronicles series, as he tells the story of King Alfred the Great’s life and his work in unifying the many kingdoms into the country we know today as England.

We continue with our hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg, who has just helped Alfred save and maintain control over the land of Wessex, therefore pr...more
Carol Storm
I'm reading this series backwards, so I read SWORD SONG first, then read about half of the first book, THE LAST KINGDOM, and then I read this book.

I definitely think LORDS OF THE NORTH is the best of the Uhtred books so far. It has the most action, tons of battles, a sea chase, grueling action on a slave ship. Plus you get to see Uhtred and Gisela meet and fall in love for the first time. All of Uhtred's most important men, Finan, Sitric, Clapa, and Rypere, are all introduced in this book.

Now...more
Patrick
In this next installment of the brillant warrior, Uhtred, and his service to the King Alfred, the tale is very satisfying and we meet all people from his early days to his adult days, most of them enemies and he wouldn't have it another way.

I wish I can be fearless as he is and be able to be cunning against hordes of enemies. The story is getting more and more complicated as Uhtred is wavering between his loyalty to a king he does not like but starts to admire and to his homefolkes, the Danish....more
Larry
Uthred Ragnarsson (a Saxon raised by Danes and a dispossessed noble) fights for the Saxon king, Alfred the Great, in the third of a seven-volume historical cycle, with more to come. Uthred loves the Danes, dislikes Alfred but admires what drives him, hates his usurper uncle, and is a smart, hard warrior of the first order. Caught between the two worlds, fighting for a Christian king but believing in the old gods, he is a tremendous character with a sense of power realism that doesn't lead to bet...more
Quinn
Simply put this is one of the best series of books that I have read. The battle sequences are crafted as delicately as a conductor of the New York symphony in a kick you in the mouth and knock out all of your teeth sort of way. If you like Braveheart you will love these novels.

"It was shield wall against shield wall. It was the horror of two shield walls fighting. It was the thunder of shields crashing together and the grunts of men stabbing with short swords or twisting spears into enemy bellie...more
Bernie Charbonneau
Fantastic, this series just keeps getting better and better! The third book in the "England" chronicles is just as entertaining as the first two novels. The characters are richer with depth that only Mr.Cornwell can deliver in his historical-fiction books. You really start to like and dislike the protagonists so it just keeps you turning the pages faster to see what will develop in the story. Although, to start the series with this book would be a disservice to yourself, I would recommend starti...more
Rio (Lynne)
I wonder if my review would be higher had I actually read the book vs listening to the abridged audio version. This is the 3rd in the series, I'm enjoying listening to the story of The Danes and fictional Uhtred. Now that I'm back home, I have the actual books here and I can read the author's notes and see the character's names in writing. Now that I have free time again, I think I'll tackle the actual real book for part 4. This series has also brought my attention the The History Channel's show...more
Richard
Lords of the North, being the third of the Saxon Stories, has everything going for it that the last two books had, though with enough extra awesome packed into it to make it my favorite book in the series thus far.

Why did this one stand out for me? While I particularly enjoyed the last two books, one of the strongest parts of the series so far, for me, was Uhtred navigating the Danish lifestyle and living it up with his Danish comrades. While I do enjoy poor Uhtred butting heads with the Church,...more
Phil Syphe
“Lords of the North” is the third in Bernard Cornwell’s Saxon Stories. This episode, set from 878-80, opens about a month after the events in the previous novel.

Uhtred – the anti-hero who is Saxon by birth but Danish at heart – narrates the tale as usual. This time he does not see much of Alfred the Great, who features little in this instalment. But fate, it seems, still links Uhtred with Alfred, despite their dislike of each other, and following Alfred’s actions to free Uhtred from a tight spot...more
Kyle
“Lords of the North” is the third book in Bernard Cornwell’s “Saxon Tales” series. I felt this one was on par with book one and better than book two. This installment had a more substantial plot and did more than simply move Uhtred from one battle to the next, although there were several battles in this book. One aspect that I thought was interesting was the idea of Christian “sorcery” or “magic” told from the Danish-Pagan point of view. I can imagine how it would have been difficult for Christi...more
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“I am no Christian. These days it does no good to confess that, for the bishops and abbots have too much influence and it is easier to pretend to a faith than to fight angry ideas. I was raised a Christian, but at ten years old, when I was taken into Ragnar’s family, I discovered the old Saxon gods who were also the gods of the Danes and of the Norsemen, and their worship has always made more sense to me than bowing down to a god who belongs to a country so far away that I have met no one who has ever been there. Thor and Odin walked our hills, slept in our valleys, loved our women and drank from our streams, and that makes them seem like neighbours. The other thing I like about our gods is that they are not obsessed with us. They have their own squabbles and love affairs and seem to ignore us much of the time, but the Christian god has nothing better to do than to make rules for us. He makes rules, more rules, prohibitions and commandments, and he needs hundreds of black-robed priests and monks to make sure we obey those laws. He strikes me as a very grumpy god, that one, even though his priests are forever claiming that he loves us. I have never been so stupid as to think that Thor or Odin or Hoder loved me, though I hope at times they have thought me worthy of them.” 16 likes
“Did you become a Christian in your nunnery?' I asked her.

'Of course not.' she said scornfully.

'They didn't mind?'

'I gave them silver.'

'Then they didn't mind.' I said.

'I don't think any Dane is a real Christian.' she told me.

'Not even your brother?'

'We have many gods,' she said, 'and the Christian god is just another one. I'm sure that's what Guthred thinks. What's the Christian god's name? A nun did tell me, but I've forgotten.'

'Jehovah.'

There you are, then. Odin, Thor and Jehovah. Does he have a wife?'

'No.'

'Poor Jehovah.' she said.”
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