Uhtred is back with vengeance. Out of favor the Saxon monarchy, Uhtred sees no other option but to recapture his birthright territory, Bebbanburg, wit...moreUhtred is back with vengeance. Out of favor the Saxon monarchy, Uhtred sees no other option but to recapture his birthright territory, Bebbanburg, with a limited crew of fellow outcasts. After King Alfred’s death, his son Edward takes the throne as king of Wessex. Years of peace soon come to an end as the Danes, under Cnut Longsword’s leadership; plan to invade the Saxon territories. Uhterd learns of Cnut’s plans yet the Saxons are uneasy to trust him. Men live and die, loyalties are challenged but one thing remains constant in the Saxon Stories Series: fate is inexorable.
The Pagan Lord is the seventh installment in Bernard Cornwell’s Saxon Stories Series and is easily one of the best. The detail that readers have grown accustomed to of 10th century England is top notch and expertly researched. There is the perfect combination of war, love and treachery to keep the reader’s interest. A cornerstone of Conrwell’s writing in the series is the funny insults meaning to scorn the opposition. Some of my favorite include the words: fart, stench and one or two expletives.
I really enjoyed following Uhtred throughout his life to experience the various joys and heartbreaks – and unfortunately – defeats alongside him. Even in his hold old age Uhtred is as fierce as ever and still has a few tricks up his sleeve to help persuade the Saxons to believe his tale.
Some of the favorite parts of the novel were the battle scenes, especially towards the end. I find it interesting to see how militarily the world has evolved from shied walls and swords to tanks and automatic guns. The detail that Cornwell uses to describe these scenes is unparalleled. I truly feel as if I am standing with my shield next to Uhtred preparing for battle.
With a conclusion that leaves nothing to be desired, fans are eagerly awaiting the eight novel in the series set to be released in the United States in early 2015. RATING: 4 Stars (less)
The Roman war hero, Titus Andronicus, returns home from battle with the Queen of the Goths, her three sons and Aaron. After Titus kills one of Queen T...moreThe Roman war hero, Titus Andronicus, returns home from battle with the Queen of the Goths, her three sons and Aaron. After Titus kills one of Queen Tamora's sons, he soon learns that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
This early Shakespearian play the the best revenge story that I have ever found. The lengths that Tamora went to in order to avenge her son's death is amazing and slightly disturbing. Typical to other Shakespearian tragedies the action is intense in the first three acts, shows during the fourth and all hell brakes loose in the final act. I have been dying to read this play for a good six months now and I am very happy that it delivered!
In general I am a huge fan of Shakespeare. I think he is a genius. The images, symbols rich characters and inappropriate jokes always keep me entertained. "Titus Andronicus" is definitely one of my favorite Shakespearian plays! (less)
I saw this production in NY a few months ago and was obsessed. I had to go out and find the script - which was not easy - to learn more about this sto...moreI saw this production in NY a few months ago and was obsessed. I had to go out and find the script - which was not easy - to learn more about this story. Taking away the horse puppets and other theatrical aspects, this is an amazing story. It follows Joey, a horse, and his 'master' (more like friend) Albert. One day Joey gets taken into the war and Albert goes to find him. The rest of the story follows both characters on their journey through WWI. Both are learning about mortality, friendship, growing up and more.
My favorite aspects of this story is the connection between Albert and Joey. There are so many parallels between them its fantastic. You can read more into the story and find deeper meaning but if you simply read it for please the plot itself will leave a lasting impression. (less)