The Burning Land
At the end of the ninth century, with King Alfred of Wessex in ill health and his heir still an untested youth, it falls to Alfred’s reluctant warlord Uhtred to outwit and outbattle the invading enemy Danes, led by the sword of savage warrior Harald Bloodhair. But the sweetness of Uhtred’s victory is soured by tragedy, forcing him to break with the Saxon king. Joining the...more
Uthred has often been called hot-headed but considering his circumstances, I think his patience is applaudable.
The Burning Land is the fifth installment in Bernard Cornwell’s Last Kingdom series; the battle and conflict with the Danes continue. In addition to this, there’s also a new villain: Skade. Skade is a woman with a dark power to rule over men’s hearts. I’m truly impressed by Cornwell’s capability to weave an ...more
A strong test of loyalty
However, when he accident ...more
The Mighty Thor
Uhtred, Lord of Bebbanburg, is an enigma. He is a man without a country, not only because England doesn’t yet exist in the 9th century, but he is also a man without a home. His uncle took his position as rightful heir to Bebbanburg when Uhtred’s father died. He does still call himself Lord of Bebbanburg, but it is from exile in the South. Uhtred is a Saxon, but he was raised by Vikin ...more
The Burning Land continues Bernard Cornwell's bloodthirsty, battle-heavy and viciously violent viking saga.
England is still broken up into pieces. The Danes are threatening to overrun the land. Saxon King Alfred (later known as Alfred the Great) was holding on to Wessex and holding out hope of one day uniting the entire country under his banner. But need ...more
„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 admirati ...more
The good points: 1) no one does a better battle scene than Cornwell and the battles here are pretty good; 2) Cornwell really paints a grim picture of life and it always seems accurate; 3) Cornwell skewers treacherous royalty and Christian priests with such skill (yet also portrays some as brave and likeable).
The bad: 1) Uhtred is pi ...more
"We are Danes, and we are Saxon, and we are warriors who love to fight. In our halls at night we chant the tales of men we have killed, of the women we have widowed, and of the children we have orphaned. So make your choice! Either give me a new song to sing or else lay down your weapons."
Oh Uhtred, chaos and mayhem follows you where ever you go. This far in the series and I'm starting to question the decisions that Uhtred makes and the people he makes promises to. Will he ever be happy, eve ...more
It feels a bit contradictory to say this book had a slow start, while still being a quick enjoyable read. I'd be hard pressed to say exactly what happened for most of the first part of this book of importance, but the rest of the book more than made up for that. Not to mention he does it in a way where it never feels rushed.
Mr. Cornwell just seems to be an ex ...more
It has been far too long between books in this Saxon series for me. I have had an Uhtred drought. So I hungered for this read when I came to it. And I am pleased to admit that it gave me everything I wanted and missed.
If there are flaws in The Burning Land then I do not see them. That's not saying that there are none, but if there were, I failed to notice. I'll leave the flaws for others to p ...more
Uhtred is a little older, a little wiser, a little less degrading to priests, and a little less prone to violence.
Okay, I lied.
"I'll hang him with his son's intestines," I said, "and piss on his corpse."
Ah, that's better!
He's just as bloody, foul-mouthed, and quick to temper while routinely shutting his brain down and acting before thinking (but he is a little older). Yup, exactly what I have come to expect from the series.
With one drawback. The middle was a bit dry on the action, a ...more
I was without a lord. I was outcast. I was free. I was going Viking.*rubs hands together* Yes! Yes! Go Viking!
Uhtred didn't go Viking as much as promised, but he did run the oars!
I don't know how he manages it, but Uhtred sure does get himself into a muddle. Sick, King Alfred is mighty pissed at Uhtred. What's new?
I think the most important point in this story is that Æthelflæd is blossoming into Lady of the Mercians that history remembers. I really love her history and I love th...more
Once again, the story is dominated with powerful descriptions of England's lands and peoples. Cornwell has great fun with a fictional villain - Harald Bloodhair, a man who lives up to his name before each batt ...more
I noticed the dialogue a little more in this one. I love the dialogue. Uhtred says things that if anyone else had said it, I'd have to roll my eyes, but because it's Uhtred, I find myself cheering.
The audios have a great narrator that brings all the characters to life. After listening to this one, I'm feeling like ...more
The main reason I love this series? Uhtred is Amazing. And book after book Cornwell keeps fleshing him out and adding layers of complexity to him. Every experience he has adds or takes something from him. And the author has applied this rule to the minor characters as ...more
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