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The Pagan Lord (The Saxon Stories #7)

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Bernard Cornwell-who "is at his enthralling best conveying . . . one of the defining periods of English history" (Wall Street Journal)-returns to his epic Saxon Tales saga with this dramatic story of divided loyalties, bloody battles, and the struggle to unite Britain

At the onset of the tenth century, England is in turmoil. Alfred the Great is dead and Edward his son reig
Hardcover, 303 pages
Published September 26th 2013 by Harper Collins
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Bookworm Sean
May 13, 2016 Bookworm Sean rated it really liked it
After just a few pages Uhtred has murdered an abbot, kicked a former friend’s teeth in and disowned a son. He quickly names another his heir, then shortly afterwards his hall is burned down and his woman is abducted by a mysterious band of warriors. So it’s just another day for the mighty Pagan Lord Uhtred .

And he’s finally going home


Uhtred has very little left at this point. Most of his friends are dead, and he has been chased off his own land. There are no wars to fight and no enemies to sl
Jason Koivu
Apr 10, 2014 Jason Koivu rated it really liked it
(This is an ARC…which by now is not terribly advanced at all. But anyway, I won it here on Goodreads and I thought I should mention that…but now that I think about it, why should I mention that? I mean, I'm going to give my honest opinion of the thing no matter how I came about my copy, so what the hell?! This is the worst disclosure statement ever.)

In this latest episode of his Saxon series, Bernard Cornwell proves again that he is the modern master of action-packed historical fiction.

The story
Sep 01, 2016 Algernon rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016

It's fate, isn't it? One moment we're in the sunlight, and the next every dark cloud in Christendom is pissing all over us.

Uhtred of Bebbanburg is getting old and cranky. Ten years of relative peace in the kingdoms of Wessex and Mercia don't do much to improve his temper, despite having good sons, a young wife, lands and liegemen and a reputation as the fiercest warrior in all the Saxon lands. The hot-blooded Uhtred digs his own grave when he accidentally kills one of the local Bishops, and fi
Oct 10, 2013 Terri rated it really liked it
This may sound odd coming from a woman, but I identify with the main character of this series in many ways and as long as Bernard Cornwell doesn't mess with that character too much then he will always hit true with me as each new book in the Warrior Chronicles (officially known as the Saxon Stories in the US, France and some other countries) is released.

The lowest I have ever rated a book in this series is 3 stars (out of 5) and I believe, of all seven books so far in this series, I have only
David Sven
Oct 14, 2013 David Sven rated it it was amazing
‘...I was sent to Hel and heard her dark cockerels crowing! They announced my coming... and the Corpse-Ripper came for me...The Corpse-Ripper... all rotted flesh peeling from his yellow bones and his eyes like fire and his teeth like horns and his claws like gelding knives. And there was a bone on the floor, a thigh bone, and I picked it up and I ripped it to a point with my own teeth and then I slew him...I am the dead... come to collect the living...’

Uhtred of Bebbanburg is back with a vengean
Murf the Surf
Oct 21, 2016 Murf the Surf rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exciting because I was there!

I'd gone to these battles sites an d seen the castles of Wales last year. Oh I love to read this stuff too. (Historical fiction of course). Wessex then becomes the springboard for the campaigns that will reconquer the north and create a unified country of the English-speaking tribes: England. By the time of Alfred’s death in AD 899, the north, all but for impregnable Bebbanburg, is under Danish rule, while the center of the country is split between Danes and Saxons.
Vagner Stefanello
Review in Portuguese from Desbravando Livros:

Após a morte do rei Alfredo no livro anterior, seu filho Eduardo está no trono e o reino passa por um leve período de paz. Uhtred vive agora sem o peso de precisar defender o novo rei, já que seu juramento estendia-se apenas ao falecido Alfredo. Portanto, nada melhor do que descansar um pouco e apenas cuidar das lavouras, certo? Nada disso!

Como a própria sinopse já nos adianta, Uhtred tem um grande desentendimento com a Igreja, o que o força a deixar
Feb 16, 2014 happy rated it really liked it
Uthred is back with a vengeance. After a somewhat disappointing outing in the previous book of the series, this entry starts with a bang (figuratively or course) (view spoiler) and th ...more
Feb 07, 2014 Andy rated it liked it
First of all!

Dear, Local Library, NO! You set me a book that's been to (at least 3!) a smoking home AND it had been properly assaulted by salt n vinegar crips.... of the chipsticks variety I think too....

Off to a bad start already & about a 1/3rd of the way throu' it struck me as to how devoid of real characters we had left in the series, ok Uhtred was on form & we had Uhtred junior (that is the new Uhtred junior) & one of my favs, The Irishman Finan. But that was really it, ok the
Patricia Bracewell
Oct 14, 2013 Patricia Bracewell rated it it was amazing
I hand carried this book home with me from Britain where it was prominently displayed in every book store I entered. Deservedly so.

There are some wonderful reviews of this book already, so I won't go into any detail. (Cornwell's fans are terrific reviewers!) Suffice it to say that Uhtred repeatedly gets himself into trouble, and just when you think that this time he's going to drown in a bog pit of his own making, he gets himself out again. He's still full of piss and vinegar. He's still a fool,
Nov 29, 2013 Mark rated it really liked it
If you want shield walls then this is the book you want.

interesting reading, not sure about the last chapter at all, feeling numb.
Apr 02, 2014 Jeff rated it really liked it
Every time Cornwell publishes a new Saxon Story, I re-read the previous one just to refresh my memory and get me into the mood. The Pagan Lord is the seventh in the series that features one of the best characters in historical fiction, Uhtred of Bebbanburg. Born as Saxon but raised as Dane, cultural conflicts are always the heart of the story. The kind but savage warrior always manages to find himself fighting against both sides of the conflict, and he garnishes greater respect from his Danish a ...more
Jul 06, 2016 Mike rated it liked it
I almost hate to only give it 3 Stars because he does give us a great shield wall and battle at the end. But.....I was really pissed off at the start and for good while. Uhtred is older now and with sons but he seems as stupid as an 18 year-old at the beginning. He gets burned out of his estate after making dumb mistakes. I thought his treatment of religion and the Christians reverted to uglier form. In his previous book, I thought he was getting more clever. After Uhtred is forced off his land ...more
Jan 09, 2014 Nate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-ages, owned
I'm relatively new to this series, so this book was the first I really had to wait for, and the fact that I finished this book in two sittings is a testament to how much I missed Uhtred. He's definitely a singular presence in fiction. He's an utter he-man but in the most likable way, and blessedly free of cheesy, ham-handed masculinity. It's not like "I'm a badass because I think I look cool in mail and a helmet with a wolf's-head crest" type stuff which would be terribly annoying. Uhtred is a b ...more
Oct 27, 2013 Susan rated it it was amazing
Uhtred is back in all his bloody glory, but, but, for the first time after many books, we can see some character development. God be praised..or gods be praised ;)
In the last couple of books I was secretly worried that Cornwell was dragging the series out for too long, and Uhtred was threatening to become a flat cardboard cutout. Thankfully in this one he rips out of the package and we get to see flashes of the original person we 'sae' grow from Saxon boy to Viking warrior and unwilling Saxon Wa
Krista Baetiong Tungol
A new king reigns in Wessex, the Danes remain to be a grave threat in the north, Uhtred and his warrior friends are getting older (some are already dead), and the fortress of Bebbanburg, which Uhtred has yet to recapture from his usurper uncle, gets even more impregnable as the years go by.

I am definitely a fan of this series now! I live and breathe Uhtred’s adventures at the moment. I drink in all his success stories. I share his anger and discontent. I feel the wind on my face as he describes
Sep 30, 2013 Paul rated it liked it
DISCLAIMER: Do not approach this book or review unless you have read the previous books in this series.

To give the review adequate context, I'll give you some back story first. I was a relative latecomer to the Warrior Chronicles storyline - I refuse point blank to call it the colloquial and wrong 'Saxon Stories' - only discovering it with the paperback release of book 6, Death of Kings. At first the book was a little lost on me so I went back and read my way through the first five. By the time
Oct 08, 2013 Graham rated it really liked it
The seventh of Cornwell's Saxon Stories, following on from DEATH OF KINGS and set ten years after that book. We now meet Uhtred as a middle-aged man, set to undergo some traumatic life-changing events at the outset of the novel. This is Cornwell at his most dramatic: game-changing violence, twists you don't see coming, and major upheavals making the reader feel more than unsettled.

The novel then sets out to see Uhtred finally undertaking the journey to Bebbanberg, and boy, it's about time. And t
Jan 30, 2016 Férial rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had just finished my review and I wanted to ctrl-x because there was one sentence I wanted off but instead of ctrl/x-ing, I ctrl/w-ed :( Bye bye review. I'm sad because it was a nice long review.

What I was saying (in short) :

- same pattern (again). Two danish lords devise a clever plan to take over Mercia, East Anglia and then Wessex. They might have succeeded weren't it for Uhtred (being way more clever than them all) who devised a plan of his own and saved the day (against all odds naturally
John Snow
Oct 05, 2013 John Snow rated it really liked it
Does Cornwell think we are stupid?

(With (hidden) spoilers from the two first (of thirteen) chapters.)

Bernard Cornwell is a master of his craft. He writes well, he knows how to tell an exciting story; he weaves his tales of Uthred of Bebbanburg nicely into Saxon history.

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Jan 16, 2016 Lisa rated it really liked it
I loved the start. Typical Uhtred fashion. I actually started to get a little flat somewhere in the middle, perhaps I was disappointed with the outcome of the event I was reading about, not sure. But overall it was typical of this series and I still loved it. I'm not sure if I'm giving four stars to BC or Uhtred, it's possible it's the latter. I don't believe it is the best in the series, but I still enjoyed it. I still got excited at the impending battle, sat on the edge of my seat on the train ...more
Washington Post
Jan 14, 2014 Washington Post rated it really liked it
Like so much of Cornwell’s work, “The Pagan Lord” is both excellent history and first-rate popular fiction, offering a glimpse of the distant past that is viscerally exciting and difficult to forget.

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Feb 26, 2014 Luke rated it really liked it
great read. Cornwell paints an awesome picture and does a fantastic job of placing the reader in the middle of the action. Uhtred is one of my favorite characters of any book, and he never disappoints. despite his advanced age in this latest installment he still manages to dominate in the shield wall as well as in single combat, and to save England from becoming daneland.
Christopher Wakefield
Not one of the best in the series. It's time to finish it up. Lets get Uthred back in Bandenburg Castle and call it a day.
Jul 14, 2015 Emerson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Que final foi esse? :o
Wyrd bið ful ãræd
When Bernard Cornwell is on form, he can be at least as good, if not a whole lot better, than most everyone else. When he's ticking over, he's also a whole lot better than a whole lot of other writers in the Historical Fiction field. And while there's no doubt I enjoyed 'The Pagan Lord' and thought it was very good, it does have the sound of Bernard Cornwell ticking over. I thought 'Death of Kings' was an excellent book, but it doesn’t seem that Cornwell has used that as a transitional book to t ...more
Jan 31, 2014 Kat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this from a First Reads giveaway!

Basic plot: Uhtred Uhtredson is tasked with finding Cnut's stolen wife and children, but the quest to find them takes Uhtred deeper into the politics of Britain than he first expected.

Before I say anything else, I must first emphasize that I was completely awed by Cornwell's writing style. I had never read anything by him before and thus had no expectations; frankly I'm always a little trepidatious about free books as I never quite know what the quality wil
Robin Webster
Jul 17, 2014 Robin Webster rated it really liked it
The Pagan Lord is the seventh book in Bernard Cornwall’s Warrior Chronicles, which is set in Anglo Saxon Britain in the late ninth and early tenth century: with a background setting out the gradual unification of England during the reigns of King Alfred and his descendants. The series tells of the life of the fictional character ‘Lord Uhtred of Bebbanburg’, who was taken by Vikings as a young boy and converted to their religion. Despite this he later went on to fight for King Alfred, helping him ...more
Victor Bruneski
Jul 11, 2014 Victor Bruneski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Bernie Charbonneau
All right, this is a Cornwell novel. If you have not read a novel by this author, what are you waiting for. This is the 7th book in this series involving the adventures of Uhtred of Bebbanburg. It wasn’t my favorite but, as mentioned, this is written by Mr. Cornwell so you know you are in for a great ride. I know that when I start a novel by this author it will be hard to put down. This latest was no exception but I found it was missing that special zip that is found in the previous installments ...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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The Saxon Stories (10 books)
  • The Last Kingdom (The Saxon Stories, #1)
  • The Pale Horseman (The Saxon Stories, #2)
  • Lords of the North (The Saxon Stories, #3)
  • Sword Song (The Saxon Stories, #4)
  • The Burning Land (The Saxon Stories, #5)
  • Death of Kings (The Saxon Stories, #6)
  • 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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