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Lords of the North

(The Last Kingdom #3)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  39,094 ratings  ·  1,312 reviews
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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Bob Rundle As far as historical fiction centered on old England, I think this is the best there is. Yes, the entire series is about men and fighting, but there a…moreAs far as historical fiction centered on old England, I think this is the best there is. Yes, the entire series is about men and fighting, but there are also powerful women and priests, treachery and intrigue, Christian and Norse religious rites. In short, everything is here to make 9th century England come alive. The historical note at the end of each book reveals what is fact and what is fiction. Cornwell states at the end of the first books that the purpose of the series is to explore how a unlikely character such as Alfred, the first king of England, who was sickly and overly pious, managed to stitch together a nation from a patchwork of rebellious regions. Also the Netflix series based on the books is terrific but unfortunately doesn't follow the books as closely as I would like. (less)
Jay Rogers Yes, you absolutely should, although the narrator does explain what happened in the previous novels, which good even if you read them recently because…moreYes, you absolutely should, although the narrator does explain what happened in the previous novels, which good even if you read them recently because there are numerous characters with similar names. I like the X-Ray feature on Kindle for that reason too.

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Feb 07, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5/5 stars

This was a good but slightly weaker volume compared to its predecessors. It’s so good to finally meet Sihtric and Finan for the first time, though.

The Lords of the North is the third book in The Last Kingdom series by Bernard Cornwell. Uthred is now 21 years old, and the story in this one mostly revolves around slavery, a clash of faith, and the battle against Kjartan. A few new characters were introduced
Sean Barrs
Feb 13, 2015 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
Em Lost In Books
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, 4-star, 2000-09
Danes and Saxons fighting over a piece of land that is soon to be known as England. This was quite a rough story in terms of trust, faith, and betrayal.
Jason Koivu
Feb 04, 2012 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...


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
Dana Ilie
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Promise to review as soon as possible
Jan 06, 2017 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 i
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
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. ...more
Jan 31, 2009 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
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
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This series just takes my breath away. It is a superbly told story that gripped me from beginning to end. This novel is the third in The Saxon Stories by Bernard Corwell. This is the story of Uhtred, born as a Saxon, taken by the Danes (Vikings) at the age of 10, and then raised as a Dane. He speaks both languages well, and seems to bounce back and forth from one culture to the other. And, besides being smart, he is a brilliant warrior.

Each character in the book comes to life, especially in the
11811 (Eleven)
Apr 23, 2017 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.
Amanda Hupe
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished another epic adventure thanks to Lords of the North, the 3rd book in the Saxon Stories series by Bernard Cornwell. This book picks up right after Uhtred helps Wessex defeat the Danes. Uhtred was expecting Alfred to show more appreciation. So Uhtred leaves Wessex. He goes to enact revenge on Kjartan for killing his family. Along the way, he meets a slave named Guthred. He is a Dane that has become a Christian and claims to be a King. He joins Guthred to help him make alliances. En ...more
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Reread Aug 2016.

Still one of my favorites of the series - particularly for the very satisfying end.
Kate Quinn
May 06, 2009 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
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still 3.5 stars on this reread and I still stand by my original thoughts as found in my original review back in 2015. ...more
Dec 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Cornwell tells a good yarn. Another Uhtred book with plenty of references to the previous stories to remind the reader what has happened. In this one there is some interesting historical pieces while Uhtred goes north fights a few Danes, helps the local King, gets a new woman and reunites with Ragnar. And his story continues.
Jul 28, 2012 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
A.L. Sowards
Apr 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adventure, fiction, 2021
probably about 4.5, rounding up
Dec 31, 2016 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
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5, not as good as the previous one in series, The Pale Horseman.

Main character, Uhtred, has left King Alfred in Wessex and struck out for home, Northumbria, to regain his birthright, a castle stronghold on the edge of the Atlantic. But even a warrior is not in charge of his own destiny during these times; Uhtred gets mixed up in the rivalries and wars between various Saxon and Danes, between the emerging Christian church and the old pagan ways. Saint Cuthbert, although long dead, is a charact
Aug 24, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Well gosh darnit, I hung in there for the third book because I was pretty sure a certain something was going to happen, but it didn't! I wonder if it will ever happen! !

Reread: Ah, silly past me, you have to have a bit more patience!
Nov 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series
4,5 stars!
Feb 05, 2010 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
Mar 15, 2017 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
Georgina Ortiz
Jan 01, 2015 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
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
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic series! This is the third book in the Saxon Stories series. After reading the first one, I binge-watched every episode on Netflix within a 24 hour time frame. I loved it. As I read this book, I remembered the slave section from the TV show. I think I liked the drama of the show better than the book version, but that is one of the things that I appreciate about this isn't exactly the same as the TV version. I like that the expanded details are different in each.

I l
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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

Other books in the series

The Last Kingdom (1 - 10 of 13 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.” 38 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.'


There you are, then. Odin, Thor and Jehovah. Does he have a wife?'


'Poor Jehovah.' she said.”
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