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Lords of the North (The Saxon Stories #3)

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The third instalment in Bernard Cornwell's King Alfred series, following on from the outstanding previous novels The Last Kingdom and The Pale Horseman, both of which were top ten bestsellers. The year is 878 and Wessex is free from the Vikings. Uhtred, the dispossessed son of a Northumbrian lord, helped Alfred win that victory, but now he is disgusted by Alfred's lack of ...more
Hardcover, 317 pages
Published January 23rd 2007 by Harper (first published May 22nd 2006)
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Bookdragon Sean
Feb 13, 2015 Bookdragon Sean rated it really liked it
The second season of the Last Kingdom has started off very strongly, and by the looks of things it’s going to be following the events of this book. So it will focus on the blood feud between Uhtred and Kjartan, which is all good. But if you’ve read the books you’ll know that this isn’t something that takes too long to resolve. I wonder what the show writers will have left because so far the rivalry is the most compelling part about the adaption. I think the characterisation of Uhtred’s uncle is ...more
Jason Koivu
Feb 04, 2012 Jason Koivu rated it liked it
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
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Athena Shardbearer

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
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Lucia
Jan 06, 2017 Lucia rated it it was amazing
„Wyrd bið ful ãræd.“ – „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 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
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Scott  Hitchcock
Another good episode in the story. Uthred's story is more isolated in this one and we don't have the epic battles of the first two.
Terri
Jan 31, 2009 Terri rated it it was amazing
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
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11811 (Eleven)
Apr 23, 2017 11811 (Eleven) rated it liked it
I'm risking genre burn out so I'll stop here for now. I liked it but I need to break it up with a romantic comedy or something.

Well, that's extreme. Probably not a romantic comedy.
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
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Tosh
Reread Aug 2016.

Still one of my favorites of the series - particularly for the very satisfying end.
Vagner Stefanello
Apr 19, 2014 Vagner Stefanello rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physical
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
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Kate Quinn
May 06, 2009 Kate Quinn rated it it was amazing
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
Tammy
Feb 07, 2017 Tammy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
My best in the series so far.
Sumant
Dec 31, 2016 Sumant rated it it was amazing
I am really happy that this is the last book which I finished reading in 2016, because the Saxon Stories reaches to new heights with this book. I sailed through this book in just about a week, and although the previous books were also a good sail but this book gave a new wind in my sails and left me wanting for more.

As I am doing audio for these books, there was also a change of narrator for this book, and Richard Armitage does a fantastic job, conveying to us this historical fantasy with differ
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Nate
Jul 28, 2012 Nate rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-ages, owned
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
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
Karéz
Nov 06, 2015 Karéz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series
4,5 stars!
Cameron
Mar 15, 2017 Cameron rated it really liked it
Shockingly, third book in a series, still great. I expected this book to fall off the excellence of the first two, but it didn't. I'm still fascinated by Uthred. I am most impressed that over three books the archenemy remained the same while the main character was able to resolve other highly charged antagonists. So finally in the third book Uthred has his revenge on the northern Danes. I am a little tired of Uthred's women situation. He picks a new girl every six months and she is his everythin ...more
Graham
Feb 05, 2010 Graham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Benjamin Thomas
Fresh off of helping King Alfred defeat the Danes in Wessex, and essentially saving the future of England, Uhtred is expecting some sort of reward. But alas, Alfred’s largess amounts to a slap in the face and so Uhtred heads north, intent on finding his stepsister who was taken prisoner by the Danish Lord Kjartan the Cruel. He also hopes to get back to reclaiming his homelands.

This third novel in the Saxon Tales does not let up in the strong plots and great characters. Once again, it moves along
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Billy
Jul 04, 2012 Billy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
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Darlene
Feb 25, 2017 Darlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical-books
Einfach klasse geschrieben
Krista Baetiong Tungol
Wyrd bi. Fate is fate.

Uhtred may not like what the three spinners have in store for him, but he knows too that fate is inexorable; his own has long been sealed since the day his Saxon father died and a Dane father fostered him.

It is fate that has led him to the north, where his beloved Bebbanburg lies, after realizing that winning King Alfred’s war has not gained him any fitting recompense. It is fate that has determined his encounter with a Dane slave prophesied by a Christian monk to be Northu
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Georgina Ortiz
Jan 01, 2015 Georgina Ortiz rated it it was amazing
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
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Teri Heyer
Feb 14, 2013 Teri Heyer rated it it was amazing
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.
Michela
May 23, 2015 Michela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Porque o destino não pode ser enganado, ele nos governa, e todos somos seus escravos.
Erika
Apr 22, 2009 Erika rated it really liked it
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
Margret Lacombe
Feb 27, 2017 Margret Lacombe rated it really liked it
Probably the best of the series I've read so far. A lot less of the Saxon/Dane pissing contest and more action and hard-learned experiences
Adam Raúl Mendez
May 23, 2016 Adam Raúl Mendez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bloody Marvelous. I really enjoyed this entry in the Saxon Stories and can't wait to pick up book 4. Infact, I'm bloody well going to buy it today. I might even bloody well buy book 5 too!
Bernard Cornwell's writing was as flawless as ever, and in some ways even better than normal. He kept his usual standard of elegant prose and beautifully detailed scenes, but this time provides the reader with alot more exciting situations and scenarios than I've found to be the norm (certainly in my experience
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Maria Grazia
Jan 11, 2016 Maria Grazia rated it really liked it
The Lords of the North is a page-turner, with good descriptive pages and hilarious dialogue exchanges. The story is followed by Uhtred’s point of view and narrated by the protagonist in first person and in retrospective. He is a very old man looking back at his adventurous long life. This makes the reader deeply aware of his incredible irony and smartness, as well as his flaws, impulsiveness and extreme loyalty. Loyalty, a defect, you wonder? It can be a limit and it is a great one to Uhtred: on ...more
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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 ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Saxon Stories (10 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 Saxon Stories, #9)
  • The Flame Bearer (The Saxon Stories, #10)

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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.” 34 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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