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Uhtred rages on...,
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This review is from: The Burning Land (Warrior Chronicles) (Hardcover)
Though Uhtred has endured a harsh and trying life (all told in the Saxon Chronicles - The Last Kingdom, The Pale Horseman, Lords of the North, Sword Song - all of which I highly recommend you read before entering The Burning Land, not because you must to understand the story but because the series is exceptional) in the previous offerings in this series by the great Bernard Cornwell, he continues his raging life which is entangled in the life of King Alfred, later to be known as Alfred the Great.
Here we find Uhtred finally freeing himself of the burden of the oath he held to Alfred only to find that he is held under oath to Alfred's daughter. And so, Uhtred rages on against the Danes, the Vikings, the men of the North. And along with the rage comes the expected gory battles described in miserable beauty by Cornwell. The savagery is brought to life in such vivid telling that you'll swear you are there amongst the blood-shed.
This book, like its predecessors, spends a lot of time on the history of Alfred and his fight to build England, then just a dream of the King of Wessex. I cannot more highly recommend a book or a series of books. You must read the entire series; I've read the whole series twice now and will go back again, it is that captivating.
Start at the beginning (again, you don't need to, per se, but why skip the previous 4 books when they are so wonderful, the story so big and amazing) and read the entire series; you'll be waiting for the next and the wait is torturous but worth it. Not much more to say; buy the whole series and dig in for a mind-blowing adventure which is fairly accurate in its retelling.
Cornwell is today's greatest writer of historical fiction.
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Initial post: Feb 24, 2010 12:09:38 PM PST
I have read good things about this author. Nice review - I'll have to try him out. --Burg
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