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

4.29 of 5 stars 4.29  ·  rating details  ·  15,811 ratings  ·  496 reviews
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
Hardcover, 317 pages
Published January 23rd 2007 by HarperTorch (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...


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
Bookworm Sean
Uhtred dreams of revenge. His oldest enemy, Kjartan the Cruel, is within his reach but, he is protected by the impregnable walls of fort Dunholm. He murdered Uhtred’s adopted farther and stole his sister many years before. Uhtred and his brother, Ragnar the Younger, have sworn to avenge his death. A few walls are unlikely to keep their blood-feud at bay.


Uhtred and Ragnar share a strong brotherly bond which has been formed by the need for Kjartan’s and his son’s blood. To get it they need allies

Because fate cannot be cheated, it governs us, and we are all its slaves.

I don't know how much more I can love this series. I don't know how much more I can say that I haven't already said. I don't know how much more I can tell the world that I need a Viking, that I want to be a Dane and fight next to them. I think my bloodlust has intensified and all I want to do is be a warrior.

This book, by far, is the best in the series. Book one was heartbreaking and full of discovery. I cried a lot in
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
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
Vagner Stefanello
Review in Portuguese from Desbravando Livros:

Os dinamarqueses foram expulsos de Wessex após perderem a Batalha de Ethandun para os homens de Alfredo. Uma vitória magnífica dos saxões que acreditam que foi Deus quem ganhou a batalha, mas todos sabem que Uhtred e seus companheiros fizeram a maior parte do trabalho.

E agora, o que fazer? Uhtred tem uma rixa de sangue com Kjartan, o homem que assassinou Ragnar e sequestrou a sua irmã de criação, e também precisa recuperar Bebbanburg, que está sob com
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
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
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
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
Porque o destino não pode ser enganado, ele nos governa, e todos somos seus escravos.
Newton Nitro
Mais um livro das Crônicas Saxônicas do Bernard Cornwell. Depois de mais uma aventura de Uhtred, recomendo, para quem for encarar as crônicas, ler os livros na sequência, sem dar pausa. O que tinha me incomodado nos primeiros livros, em relação ao arco e a profundidade de alguns personagens (como o Rei Alfred, por exemplo), se resolve ao ler os livros em sequência. Cornwell extende os arcos dos personagens coadjuvantes ao longo dos livros, que agora considero como capítulos da crônica. Acredito ...more
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
Teri Heyer
Feb 20, 2013 Teri Heyer rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves great historical fiction.
This is an awesome third book in the Saxon series. King Alfred, King Guthred, Lord Uhtred, Lord Ragnar and all the others come alive. Definitely a book you won't want to put down. Bernard Cornwell has become one of my favorite historical fiction authors.
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
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
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
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 who ...more
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
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
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
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.

The third book in this series of Saxons and Danes is more of the same: A chunk of the life of Uhtred of Bebbanburg, who is not real, bouncing about in the 9th century of the land that is today, and has been for over a thousand years, the united England. He encounters people who were real with some frequency, like the future King Alfred the Great, who is for now just King Alfred of Wessex. As he goes about searching for a way to recover the earldom that is his birthright, he is once again caught ...more
Ana Paula
This is my favorite. The characters I like are here, the things that happen are the best and things went right. I didn't get frustrated by anything, and although there are 2 books before this and 2 after for this to happen, I still enjoy the part of the story where things go the right way.

I really like Uhtred, Gisela, Ragnar, Finan, and even Hild and other minor characters. It was also funny to see that the priests are all corrupt, ugly and petulant, described in a humorous way.
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.
Georgina Ortiz
In "Lords of the North," we see a powerful warrior (Uhtred of Bebbanburg who killed—correct me if I'm wrong—not one, but two descendants of the legendary Ragnar Lothbrok) brought to his knees. The first part of the book, excellent as always, chronicles Uhtred's downfall from rising star of the Saxons to...well, just read the book.

And just when you think that everything's going very very bad for our hero, the author pulls off a deus ex machina (I'm always skeptical of this plot device, but it se
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.
Mar 07, 2008 Matthew rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Matthew by: My brother-in-law Keith
This is the third book of the Saxon series, The last Kindom, The pale horseman, Lords of the North, and Sword Song. The series cronicals the Viking invasion of England and a English boy (prince) who is kidnaped in a riad and raised by a viking war lord. I really enjoyed the first three and have the fourth on hold.
Caroline Wooden
I initially "read" this as an audio book (narrated by the amazing Richard Armitage) and was so captivated that I had to read the hard copy, too.

It's a rolicking good adventure story full of blood, gore, honor, love, betrayal and just desserts. "Fate is inexorable." Or is it?
Junec Young
Sep 21, 2008 Junec Young rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone at all, excellent series
I have this as an audio-book read by Richard Armitage (you have to be careful as there is an abridged version by someone else). It is so good that I then went out and bought the book and the others in the series.
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Cornwell was born in London in 1944. His father was a Canadian airman, and his mother 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 mother's maiden name, Cornwe ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Warrior Chronicles/Saxon Stories (9 books)
  • The Last Kingdom (The Saxon Stories, #1)
  • The Pale Horseman (The Saxon Stories, #2)
  • Sword Song (The Saxon Stories, #4)
  • The Burning Land (The Saxon Stories, #5)
  • Death of Kings (The Saxon Stories, #6)
  • The Pagan Lord (The Saxon Stories, #7)
  • The Empty Throne (The Saxon Stories, #8)
  • Warriors of the Storm (The Warrior Chronicles/Saxon Stories #9)
The Last Kingdom (The Saxon Stories, #1) The Winter King (The Warlord Chronicles, #1) The Pale Horseman (The Saxon Stories, #2) The Archer's Tale (The Grail Quest, #1) Sword Song (The Saxon Stories, #4)

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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.” 25 likes
“Tell me how Gisela can be married to a man she's never met?'

Aidan glanced across at Guthred as if expecting help from the king, but Guthred was still motionless, so Aidan had to confront me alone. 'I stood beside her in Lord Ælfric's place,' he said, 'so in the eyes of the church she is married.'

'Did you hump her as well?' I demanded, and the priests and monks hissed their disapproval.

'Of course not.' Aidan said, offended.

'If no one's ridden her,' I said, 'then she's not married. A mare isn't broken until she's saddled and ridden. Have you been ridden?' I asked Gisela.

'Not yet.' she said.

'She is married.' Aidan insisted.

'You stood at the altar in my uncle's place,' I said, 'and you call that a marriage?'

'It is.' Beocca said quietly.

'So if I kill you,' I suggested to Aidan, ignoring Beocca, 'she'll be a widow?”
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