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The second installment of Bernard Cornwell’s New York Times bestselling series chronicling the epic saga of the making of England, “like Game of Thrones, but real” (The Observer, London)—the basis for The Last Kingdom, the hit television series.This is the exciting—yet little known—story of the making of England in the 9th and 10th centuries, the years in which King AlfredThe second installment of Bernard Cornwell’s New York Times bestselling series chronicling the epic saga of the making of England, “like Game of Thrones, but real” (The Observer, London)—the basis for The Last Kingdom, the hit television series.This is the exciting—yet little known—story of the making of England in the 9th and 10th centuries, the years in which King Alfred the Great, his son and grandson defeated the Danish Vikings who had invaded and occupied three of England’s four kingdoms.At the end of The Last Kingdom, The Danes had been defeated at Cynuit, but the triumph of the English is not fated to last long. The Danish Vikings quickly invade and occupy three of England’s four kingdoms—and all that remains of the once proud country is a small piece of marshland, where Alfred and his family live with a few soldiers and retainers, including Uhtred, the dispossessed English nobleman who was raised by the Danes. Uhtred has always been a Dane at heart, and has always believed that given the chance, he would fight for the men who raised him and taught him the Viking ways. But when Iseult, a powerful sorceress, enters Uhtred’s life, he is forced to consider feelings he’s never confronted before—and Uhtred discovers, in his moment of greatest peril, a new-found loyalty and love for his native country and ruler....

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The Pale Horseman Reviews

  • Frances
    2019-03-28 20:39

    Ahhhhh Uhtred you are quite the lad .........Uhtred of Bebbanburg, Lord of Northumbria is as headstrong, arrogant, and fearless as ever. Now married with a child at the age of 21, he rode into battle to Cynuit and slaughtered the Danish leader, Ubba Lothbrokson. Fully expecting recognition for the deed upon his return to King Alfred, Uhtred meets the inexorable fate he always believed in. The pompous, self-important, Odda the Younger took the credit for the slaying, and no one, not even King Alfred would ever challenge Odda since Alfred was in dire need of the troops and wealth belonging to Odda’s elderly father. Although deemed to be a Saxon, Uhtred’s very essence still belonged to the Danes having lived with them as a young boy. However, Uhtred realizes the day will come when he must make a choice to carry on fighting the Danes, or join them. Author Bernard Cornwell has written an epic tale of life in England in the year 877 and the great battle with the strong-willed Danes determined to take over their country. Many extraordinary, well developed characters grace the pages of this book and readers will be held spellbound to the conclusion. Highly recommended!

  • Bookdragon Sean
    2019-03-22 23:17

    The Pale Horseman is every bit as good as the first book. This, again, feels like another chapter of a man’s life. Uhtred has grown up a little and is more resolute in his ambitions since we last saw him. He has fought in his first shield wall and has completed the transformation from boy to man: he is now a proven warrior and, more importantly, he now has a growing reputation but, not necessarily a good one. His glory has been stolen by the coward Odda the Younger. He has claimed the victory at Cynuit as his own, and the slaying of the mighty warlord Ubba as his work. When Uhtred returns to his king, he is met with distain and mistrust. The coward has turned Alfred against him and Uhtred’s anger threatens the fragile piece that has been made. So why not blow of some steam with a little Viking raiding?“There is so much joy in a good ship, and a greater joy to have the ship’s belly fat with other men’s silver. It is the Viking joy, driving a dragon headed hull through a wind driven sea towards a future full of feats and laughter. The Danes taught me that and I love them for it, pagan swine though they may be.”Uhtred builds up a small force of men, and steals one of the king’s ships, and takes himself off on a little nostalgic raiding trip. He gets to indulge in his Danish side without changing his loyalties and threatening Alfred’s promises of peace to the Danes. He meets Svein, a fellow warrior and a leader of men. The two are fast friends and together, make a brief companionship. It’s not too last though. Uhtred has debts to the church and must return to his wife and young child. Rumours of his deeds have leaked to his king and his must face his distaste for a second time. Though what can Alfred truly expect? Uhtred is as much Danish as he is Saxon. He is a divided man. One who realises that only through Alfred can he regain his former Earldom. However, he is Danish at heart as they he was raised by them. But, Uhtred is now sworn to Wessex and its King. So when his former, yet brief, friend arrives with a small fleet of ships to hunt down Alfred, Uhtred’s loyalties are tested yet again.“Svien looked magnificent, a silver white warrior. He rode a white horse, wore a white woollen cloak, and his mail and boar snouted helmet had been scrubbed with sand until they glowed silver in the watery sunlight.”Alfred’s kingdom now hangs by the edge of Uhtred’s sword and its fate will be determined in another shield wall. Bernard Cornwell does another amazing job at evoking inner character conflict and divided loyalties. His characterisation of Uhtred is marvellous. We know where he will eventually end up but, somehow, the prospect of reading how he gets there is more exciting than the situation in the first place.The Saxon Stories 1. The Last Kingdom- A fine five stars2. The Pale Horsman- -A brilliant five stars3.Lords of the North-A vengeful four stars4.Sword Song- A familiar four stars5.The Burning Land- A loyal five stars6. Death of Kings A mighty five stars

  • Markus
    2019-04-10 23:28

    "For here starts war, carrion birds sing, and grey wolves howl."A fragile peace still holds in the realms of Britain. After the forces of Wessex prevailed at Cynuit, the Danes have pulled back. King Alfred thinks himself safe, but in truth the last kingdom of the Saxons is in grave peril...Writing a sequel to an amazing novel can sometimes be amazingly hard. Bernard Cornwell fulfilled that task with style, and in the process created my personal favourite Uhtred novel and proved himself a master of historical fiction. The Last Kingdom was an amazing book, but this is where this became one of my favourite series and Cornwell one of my favourite authors.Uhtred must fight the hardest duel of his life against a truly formidable opponent, a strong Danish invasion catches the people of Wessex completely by surprise, and Alfred must hide in a swamp to avoid falling with his kingdom. All appears to be lost, including the fight to retake England from the Danes. But the unlikely allies Uhtred and Alfred refuse to give up, and they will do whatever must be done to take their land back from the invaders.And I saw that Cippanhamm was burning. Smoke was darkening the winter sky and the horison was filled with men, mounted men, men with swords and axes and shields and spears and banners, and more horsemen were coming from the eastern gate to thunder across the bridge.Because all Alfred’s prayers had gone wrong and the Danes had come to Wessex.

  • ScottHitchcock
    2019-03-28 23:23

    This one took a lot longer to get going than book one but the second half and the ending were very good. The religious overtones to everything Alfred does makes me want to root for the Danes as does the corruption of many of the priests.

  • A Bald Mage** Steve
    2019-04-11 19:33

    via GIPHYBald Mage Rating 9/10‘If you had an army of angels, lord,’ ‘Then a rousing speech about God and Saint Augustine would doubtless fire their ardour, but you have to fight with mere men, and there’s nothing quite like greed, revenge and selfishness to inspire mortals’Reading a second book in a series always worries me but my worries were put to bed very quickly and I will say this carries on the excellence of the first book.The book takes place near enough from the ending of the first book and Uhtred, who performed a massive feat in the first novel, fails to claim the glory by not telling King Alfred about it and so Odda the Younger claims the credit instead.Full review on my blog reading:)

  • Terri
    2019-04-03 20:33

    Oh Bernard, how do you do what you do? If I could write like this man, well, I'd be one very happy chick. And I do not want to write like this to make money, or make fans, or make myself famous, I just want to have this skill for myself, to know that I can do it, to know that I can create magic on paper, although, Bernard Cornwell, in this series at least, is more than merely skilled, he is an absolute master. Would it be presumptuous of me to say that I think that he is a writer's writer? or more precisely, a fantasy writer's writer? I can understand that some people may not appreciate this character and these Saxon books, but I just GET IT. I just totally get it.To me there is no flaw in Cornwell's writing or storytelling in this series. His dialogue is pitch perfect, his story flow and description is natural and not in the slightest bit contrived. And as I said, I just totally get it.Cornwell is a little heavy on the anti-Christian vibe and this may turn people off a bit, but I get that too, because they were heavy on God back then. Do you really think they would burn pagans and heretics alive etc etc.. if the Church wasn't rife with screwy, religious zealots? Christianity dominated society and thought. Built civilisations and brought them down. People feared the Church and the Churchmen. They did not gain this reputation throughout history by being patient and loving of all men and women.To me, early Christianity in England wasn't about love and tolerance and goodness and peace and forgiveness, it was about greed and power and survival. About jostling for King's favour and for wealth and fame. The description of Christianity in this book might be off putting for some, but I think it is an accurate portrayal of those times. But, please forgive me fellow reviewers, perhaps I am just a cynic.I am a woman, and I can see how these books may be too brutal and bloody for my fellow sex, or those of either sex who are oblivious to the subtle bluntness of Cornwell's storytelling and Cornwell's arrogant, uncomplicated male characters. I imagine quite a lot does go over people's heads. I also imagine that when some women read about "guts spooling about his feet" they cringe and run away. But, while I am all feminine woman, I also have a very definite female side and very definite masculine side, and this character and Cornwell's style very much appeals to the latter, my masculine side.My masculine side wants to don a helmet and mail and fight beside Uhtred in the shield wall, while my female side wants to (editing out x-rated thoughts here...ahem....)and also hold his horse and his hoard while he draws Wasp-Sting and locks his shield in the fighting line.Of course, being his female companion or his male companion could get me a sword to the head or a spear to the gut, but hey, wouldn't I get to go to Valhalla and party in the feast hall? As a man, yep, as a woman?? Nah, but I'd die with a smile on my face. Uhtred makes me laugh. I like him and I get him. Maybe that is all I should have written in this review, it may have been, in it's simplicity, ample comment as I move onto the review of the next book in the series...Lords of the North.

  • StoryTellerShannon
    2019-04-11 20:21

    THE PALE HORSEMEN is the second book in the Cornwell series focusing on England before it was England. Unlike the first book, there's less fighting and more political maneuvering and focus on relationships. HISTORY: at this time England was something of a bunch of Saxon Kingdoms. Seven, if memory serves. The Saxons had actually taken most of the Kingdom from the Britons & Welsh and had held a good chunk for several hundred years. Now, it's the late 800s and the Danes are seriously beating the Saxons up. The first book opens with only one Saxon Kingdom remaining and the others having already fallen. Tale focuses on a young man, who was raised by Danes and appreciates many of their values, but, for various reasons from the first book, he has chosen to side with the remaining Saxon Kingdom, Wessex. This is a good tale for those interested in, well, shield wall warfare, lusty adventuring and a perspective on the Saxon and Danish viewpoints. Also, the take on the future Alfred the Great is interesting b/c the main character has no love for him. And, that's funny because Alfred is the only male monarch of England to be termed the great . .. all for him holding England together. Look for the legend where a fishwife chews out Alfred the Great, not knowing who he is, when he burns her cakes.Also look for the shadow wife.And don't forget Guthrum.Some favorite dialogues below the grading.STORY/PLOTTING: A minus; CHARACTERS/DIALOGUE: A minus to A; BATTLE SCENES: A minus; EVOKING THE ERA: A minus; OVERALL GRADE: A minus; WHEN READ: 2010 (revised review end of April 2013).

  • Athena Shardbearer
    2019-04-09 15:18

    I can't even......----------------------------------------------------------------------- "And I looked," Pyrlig said to me, "and I saw a pale horse, and the rider's name was death," You like Viking? You like badasses like my boyfriends, Uhtred??You want a GOOD STORY????? THEN READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!Also, I think its safe to say that buying all the books in the series before finishing the first one was a wise choice...

  • Jason Koivu
    2019-04-17 15:24

    "REINVIGORATE, MAN!" I shouted, then calmly began my review. Cornwell always does a decent job of adding in just enough historical detail, both physical and immediate, to the story as well as historic and atmospheric for the background. Then he layers on his stock, misunderstood hero regardless of time or place and serves up another entertaining action/adventure story. Hard to argue with a winning recipe, other than the argument that the palette desires something new sooner or later, and that the chef needs to stretch himself occasionally to reinvigorate his passion.

  • Rob
    2019-04-22 17:38

    Executive Summary: Another enjoyable Historical Fiction book that I probably would have liked a bit better if I hadn't already known what was coming from watching the TV show. I'm really looking forward to book three now.Full ReviewIn retrospect I wish I had read this book before watching The Last Kingdom. I had no idea that a 10 episode season would cover two books. That's partly because they glossed over half of the first book, and partly because they cut a lot of detail out.I had been hoping that much like the first book, I'd get a lot of extra plot and detail the show left out. While that is true, it was not nearly as much as the first book had. Much of the first season seemed to heavily focus on the major events of this book rather than the one it's named for.The writing is excellent. The battles are interesting without being dragged out too long. The politics seem believable. Unfortunately for me though, none of the plot developments were a surprise. I knew what was going to happen. It kind of felt like a reread.I read this while traveling to/from Las Vegas last week, so instead of reading it over a long stretch of time, I did it in two long sittings. As such, I'm not really sure what else to write. It all sort of blurred together a bit. Overall, I enjoyed it, but mostly I'm looking forward to getting past the show and reading about what comes next.

  • Vagner Stefanello
    2019-04-18 22:24

    Review in Portuguese from Desbravando Livros:Narrado em 1ª pessoa, O Cavaleiro da Morte possui uma narrativa ainda mais intensa que a do livro anterior. Após vencer a batalha em Cynuit e matar Ubba Lothbrokson, nosso protagonista volta para sua casa no interior de Wessex e tenta retomar a sua vida, agora casado com Mildrith e pai de um garoto. Mal sabe ele que o destino está sendo tecido e a guerra o espera novamente...Após uma nova investida dos vikings, o reino de Alfredo ficou reduzido apenas à Æthelingæg, região pantanosa localizada a sudoeste de Cippanhamm. Lá eles precisam reorganizar-se, pois os invasores estão formando um exército de grandes proporções, ainda liderados pelo já conhecido Guthrum, o Sem-Sorte, e agora com a ajuda do famoso Svein do Cavalo Branco, para conquistar de vez o último reino que ainda resta na futura Inglaterra, Wessex.Nessa sequência, Uhtred está praticamente no ápice de sua arrogância como guerreiro, ainda mais após o seu desempenho na batalha de Cynuit. Ele tentará resolver praticamente tudo na porrada, o que acaba dando errado eventualmente, é claro. Nem só de uma boa lâmina afiada vive um homem de respeito, e o nosso protagonista aprenderá isso de diversas maneiras ao longo da série."Sabia que era idiota, sabia que provavelmente morreria se fosse de novo, mas éramos guerreiros e guerreiros não admitem ser derrotados. É reputação. É orgulho. É a loucura da batalha.""Não se podia recuar de uma luta e permanecer como homem. Fazemos muita coisa nesta vida, se pudemos. Fazemos filhos, riqueza, juntamos terra, construímos castelos, juntamos exércitos e fazemos festins, mas só uma coisa sobrevive a nós. A reputação."As mulheres também começam a fazer uma grande diferença na vida do saxão, sendo que algumas pistas são deixadas pelo autor acerca de um futuro não tão distante, onde o lado feminino da obra tomará conta e mudará drasticamente o rumo que Uhtred levará. Prestem atenção aos detalhes.A relação de Uhtred com Alfredo também é muito explorada e rende bons momentos durante a leitura. Um guerreiro pagão que precisa obedecer a um cristão devoto? Não é toda hora que vemos isso por aí. A Igreja, como não poderia deixar de ser, continua incomodando Uhtred, e isso será uma constante em praticamente todos os livros das Crônicas Saxônicas."Mas eu odiava Alfredo. Odiava-o por ter me humilhado em Exanceaster quando me fizera usar manto de penitente e me arrastar de joelhos. E não pensava nele como meu rei. Ele era saxão do oeste e eu era da Nortúmbria, e acreditava que enquanto ele fosse rei Wessex teria pouca chance de sobreviver. Ele achava que Deus iria protegê-lo dos inimigos e eu achava que eles teriam de ser derrotados pelas espadas."Bernard Cornwell surpreende-me positivamente livro após livro. Têm horas que me pego rindo e perguntando: "Como é que ele consegue fazer isso? Eu achei que nada ia acontecer depois disso e ele me prega essa peça?". Outros dirão que o destino é inexorável, afinal de contas.Há sempre algo que não posso esquecer de falar quando o assunto é Bernard Cornwell: as descrições das paredes de escudos são simplesmente sensacionais! Querem ver como não estou mentindo?"Então chegou o medo. A parede de escudos é um lugar terrível. É onde o guerreiro ganha reputação, e reputação é importante para nós. Reputação é honra, mas para obter essa honra o homem deve ficar na parede de escudos, onde a morte campeia. Eu estivera na parede de escudos em Cynuit e conhecia o cheiro, o fedor da morte, a incerteza da sobrevivência, o horror dos machados, espadas e lanças, e o temia. E ele estava chegando."É impossível não gostar de um livro com várias descrições tão ricas como essa. Bernard Cornwell nos coloca dentro do campo de batalha e nos faz sentir na pele o gosto amargo do sangue, como vocês verão no final do livro, onde a famosa Batalha de Ethandun é retratada.Se você é fã de batalhas, sinta-se obrigado a ler Crônicas Saxônicas. Não perca tempo!Pontos fortes: TUDO! A narrativa empolgante, as paredes de escudos, o destino inexorável...Pontos fracos: eu sou um pouco suspeito para falar dos livros do Bernard, pois são sensacionais. Ainda estou tentando achar outro autor que narre tão bem as batalhas como ele, mas está difícil.

  • Tammy
    2019-04-14 17:32

    A worthy follow up to its predecessor. Bernard Cornwell, apart from having a talent for writing epic duels and battles, is also proving to be a great story teller. I loved all the new characters he added and enjoyed revisiting the old ones, including the Danes.Uhtred's arc was fun. Mainly because he's becoming a great warrior and we get to see him build his reputation. Proud and arrogant, fearless and unpredictable and thus respected and feared. But now he is also growing into a leader and a tactician. He is starting to accumulate skills, knowledge and experience that he may need to fulfill what he believes to be his destiny: to retake Bebbanburg, his home.We get to see Uhtred's character grow, experience victory, loss, grief and sometimes even sympathy. The dynamic between him and Alfred was great. As was his relationship with several other characters like Leofric, Isseult, Steapa, Ragnar and others. I'm excited to see what fate has in store for Uhtred, son of Uhred. Destiny is all.

  • Mike
    2019-04-21 18:31

    The Pale Horseman gets a solid 4 stars. BC is a very good writer but I’m not feeling like he is stretching himself here. Not that his writing is flawed, no way. I could not put this book down and just raced through it. I thought his battle scenes were as bloody and chaotic and good as ever. His characters were likeable or despicable and you do care about them. But it seemed too much of a template to get 5 stars. His main character, Uhtred, is a young rebellious youth, much like the main protagonist, Derfel, in BC’s Arthur trilogy. He felt almost like the same guy. I wanted some more originality, like we see with the excellent priest, Father Pyrlig, who shows up in the last part of this book. I want more of him. Here is Pyrlig’s advice to the overly pious King Alfred on the eve of the big battle with the Danes. “If you had an army of angels, lord, “ Pyrlig went on, “then a rousing speech about God and Saint Augustine would doubtless fire their ardor, but you have to fight with mere men, and there’s nothing quite like greed, revenge and selfishness to inspire mortals.” BC gives such an excellent idea about what it must have been like to live, fight and die in the Ninth Century. Uhtred, his main character, is a Saxon, raised by the Danes, who later is fighting with and against the Danes, depending on the circumstances. BC brings to life the cold, wet, miserable, hungry, tired England of the era, nearly disappearing under the weight and ferocity of the Danish forces. His portrayal of a real king, Alfred the Great, is interesting because Alfred is neither likeable nor very competent in this story. Most of the Christian clergy is painted in very poor tones, a bunch of selfish, egotistical, thieving, greedy, ugly crooks in black habits. Probably accurate too.BC is at his best talking about the fighting men and how they may have viewed their world:There is such joy in a good ship, and a greater joy to have the ship’s belly fat with other men’s silver. It is the Viking joy, driving a dragon-headed hull through a wind-driven sea toward a future full of feasts and laughter. The Danes taught me that and I love them for it, pagan swine though they might be. At that moment, running before Svein’s White Horse, I was happy as a man could be, free of all the churchmen and laws and duties of Alfred’s Wessex…Here is Uhtred as he leads his men on a sortie into the enemies’ waters to plunder:“…I’m a lord! I’m right and I’m going to be rich! We’re all going to be rich! We shall eat off gold plates, piss down our enemies’ throats, and make their wives into our whores.” I was shouting this nonsense as I walked down the boat’s center, casting off the sail’s lashings. “We’ll all be rich with silver shoes and golden bonnets. We’ll be richer than kings! We’ll wallow in silver, shower our whores with gold, and shit lumps of amber! Tie those oars up! Plug the holes, we’re going north, we’re going to be rich as bishops, every man of us!” The men were grinning, pleased because I was roaring my enthusiasm, and men like to be led.If you’re looking for a rousing read, you can’t go wrong with this one.

  • David
    2019-04-05 17:31

    This is a wonderful second novel in The Saxon Stories series. The young English nobleman Uhtred, captured and raised by the Danes, is called upon by King Alfred to save his kingdom from the Danes. King Alfred is just learning about human nature, and does not recognize when his enemies are being deceptive. But he is smart, and he learns from his mistakes.Uhtred is a warrior, and he is very good. He revels in his fight. He yearns for battle, with incredible enthusiasm. But he is still young and sometimes impetuous and foolish. Sometimes he takes big risks, but he when he can see the big picture, his risks can pay off. While this series has some strong analogies to The Game of Thrones, this book is actually more violent. And, there is no supernatural in this series. It is probably very true to history. However, the fascinating thing is that everybody believes in the supernatural. When Uhtred's lover is considered to be a sorceress, in fact she is just a healer. But, she herself cannot tell the difference between which aspects of her healing ritual are truly healing, and which are simply superstition. It does not matter whether or not there are supernatural happenings--everybody believes in the supernatural, anyway.I did not read this book. I listened to the audiobook. The narration by Jonathan Keeble is superb. He brings a subtle, understated tone to his voice. It is especially surprising when he reads about the characters' attitude toward violence, in an understated, mild tone of voice that it is almost shocking to our modern sensibilities.

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  • Gary
    2019-04-19 20:40

    This was a brutal read. I love historical fiction when it gets real like this. The characters were vivid and realistic. The author understands the era and how to bring us into it.All of the basic themes are present, betrayal, revenge, cruelty, heroism etc. The story never really slows down- it's pace is consistent with a building sensation towards the end. This was a good, brutal read. So far this series is a go-to consistently good read that I will return to from time to time.

  • Cphe
    2019-04-21 16:18

    I just wanted to take the time to mention just how much I'm enjoying this series to date and to thank all the readers who have recommended this series to me over the years.....Loving this stirring series of a bygone era. Well crafted with a wonderful hero in Uhtred, and a superb cast of supporting characters. Time and money well spent.

  • Tosh
    2019-04-08 18:36

    **RTCThis isn't just a war over land, it's a war about God. And Christ's servant... The shield wall is a terrible place. It is where a warrior makes his reputation, and reputation is dear to us.

  • Donna
    2019-03-28 18:27

    What a fun series this is turning out to be. I read the first book in this series and then proceeded to binge watch every single episode of the TV version on Netflix in less than one day. From having already seen the episodes this book covers, I knew what was going to happen. It was a pleasant surprise that this wasn't exactly the TV version. So there were new elements.I loved the MC. He was a strong POV and it comes through in vivid and rich way. What's not to love? I have the next one in the series, but won't be getting to it until next month.

  • Pamela
    2019-03-28 15:35

    Uhtred the warrior lord must decide whether to help the Saxon King Alfred to defend the kingdom of Wessex against the invading Danes. An entertaining adventure, full of action and leading to a spectacular battle scene, this was a gripping read. The time and place are brilliantly evoked, conveying what it was like to live in 9th century Wessex, as different tribes fought for supremacy, and Christianity took on the pagan gods. The main problem for me is that Uhtred is a bit of a cartoon character. I am assured by those that love the series that he develops through the later books, both in his own qualities and in his relationship with others. So far, however, I've only seen greed, selfishness, a willingness to lie and to betray those who put their trust in him, and a truculent dislike of anyone in authority (especially priests). Alfred is a more complex and well-developed character at this stage, and I did enjoy the shifts in his relationship with Uhtred. Cornwell also uses humour and irony well - Uhtred's outrage when anyone else behaves as opportunistically as he does is genuinely amusing. Worth reading for the battles and the history, great for plot, but disappointing (for me) main character.

  • Willow
    2019-04-04 21:27

    I have read all the books so far in Cornwell’s Saxon series, and this is my favorite book so far. Of course, since I loved “The Last Kingdom” so much, I almost couldn’t wait to get my hands on it, and then read it in two days. What can I say; I just adore mean old Uhtred, despite his flaws and his sometimes unethical behavior. I do believe one of Cornwell's flaws is he doesn’t write the best female characters, but I find his male characters so interesting and fun, it doesn’t bother me much.I think the history behind this book is fascinating. What Alfred the Great did in beating back the Danes and holding onto Wessex is absolutely amazing. Cornwell describes it so vividly too. So yes, I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

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  • Rosanna
    2019-04-01 15:24

    "One more defeat and there would probably never have been a political entity called England. We might have had a Daneland instead, and this novel would probably have been written in Danish." That was actually a quote from the authors "historical note" listed at the books end.I'm always nervous to read a second book in a series as I'm usually always disappointed. But, I loved book one so much and wanted to continue with Uthreds story. I happy to report that book 2 was all and more then I ever expected. I can't express how much I love this authors writing. It just flows so perfectly and I can connect with scenes and characters. The books are historical fiction, and although I'm far from a history junky, I find myself completely enthralled with this era and its fiction and non-fiction characters alike. In fact, I found my self searching the web after reading this book and the author notes, trying to look up facts. It didn't last too long as I'm more eager to just start reading the next installment. LolOverall, I loved this book. It was packed full of brutal fights, betrayal, love and loss, political and religious battles and some truly amazing characters.Uthred of Bebbanburg

  • Chris
    2019-03-31 15:38

    Wow! That last 50 pages or so were awesome...That's just an estimate, since I listened to the audio and didn't have the page count right in front of me. After several disappointing endings in books lately, this was refreshing. The finish actually brought my rating up, instead of the opposite as some have done recently. I've long heard that Bernard Cornwell is the best at describing battles. If I wasn't convinced already, I am now.

  • Daniel
    2019-04-22 17:35

    Priča se nastavlja dalje. Istorija i život rade svoje bez da uzimaju obzir kolko patnje naparave sa time. Kvalitet pisanja je ostao isti kao i to da nema ni jedne dosadne strane ili nepotrebnog opisa. U svakom slučaju pravo uživanje.

  • José
    2019-04-14 19:31

    3.5 estrellas: Buena continuación para esta maravillosa saga de vikingos y sajones; a pesar de que carece de la cantidad de batallas espectaculares del primer tomo, The Pale Horsemen es un libro que te mantiene enganchado por cómo plantea el tema de la lealtad de Uhtred. A lo largo de todo el libro Uhtred pone en duda su lealtad tanto para con los sajones como respecto a los vikingos, sin dejar de lado sus propias cuentas pendientes con quienes le arrebataron todo. También es un libro que se centra más bien en el aspecto político y la delicada situación en la que quedó el reino de Wessex a pesar de haber hecho frente a las invasiones vikingas. Es por esta razón que puede resultar algo denso por momentos, pero si te gusta conocer más acerca de este período histórico es una lectura super recomendable.

  • Brenda H
    2019-04-07 19:37

    I’ve had several books from the Saxon Chronicles on my TBR for quite a while but only started reading them after watching the TV series, Last Kingdom on BBC. The first book, The Last Kingdom, begins the story of Uhtred, a Saxon boy taken by the Danes while attacking Northumbria in the late 800’s.In The Pale Horseman, Uhtred is now in his early 20’s -- a man with a wife, a child and a sworn oath to his king, Albert. Albert’s Wessex is the last of the “English” kingdoms remaining as the others have all fallen to the Danes, This book focuses on Albert and Uhtred’s struggle to keep the Danes from conquering Wessex.A note for potential spoilers - I noted in my review of The Last Kingdom that the tv series extended beyond the book – this book is the rest of the first season of the series.The first book, I rated 4 starts. This one is at 3.75 stars - slightly less as I did not find the main character, Uhtred as likable in this second installment. The story and the action is both just as good as the first book and I look forward to the third book in the series.Rating: 3.75 Stars

  • Sumant
    2019-03-31 21:20

    I really liked this book especially the first part and the last part, but it did not have as many interesting danes in it like the first book. What made the first book awesome for me was the number of interesting danish characters, and although this book has its danish characters but we do not explore them as much as I would have liked.We continue the story of Uthred in this book, and he goes from all cycles of fall/depression/hope and finally resurrection. The battle scenes continue to be awesome in this book. It's really hard to write an review of the second book because we have the same world, with same characters but a new story. I give this book 3/5 stars.

  • Denise
    2019-03-27 16:36

    As always for me me Bernard Cornwell writes another cannot put down series. This is the 2nd book of the Saxon Kingdom series & a page turner. I just loved before each battle how King Alfred would compare it to a battle from the Bible.

  • 11811 (Eleven)
    2019-04-10 15:42

    The story could have ended here but more is better and it has its hooks in me so moving on to book three.