E–pub/E–book (Death of Kings) author Bernard Cornwell

Curators of the Buddha eEd If not Edward like his farther would take the advice in matters of war which most certainly fall out of the men of the cloth sxpertise victory does not come to men who listen to their fears Edward needs to learn that the churchmen belong in the pulpit and not in councils of war The warrior doesn t dictate matters of faith after all so the bishops should not control the armies That should be left to men like Uhtred because only he can lead King s armies to victory only he can save the kingdom of Wessex And maybe just maybe in the process the young Edward may learn a little about warfare in the process from the master himself Maybe he will learn how to lead men on to the battlefield as a King should Has age finally caught up with him Uhtred as Another Way Home: The Tangled Roots of Race in One Chicago Family ever is characterised superbly he is no longer a young man as the first sign of old age are beginning to harry his steps Younger warriors see him as a means to annd If they could only sleigh him then they would be showered with renown Uhtred has become one of the legends he once looked up to and has become a source of fear and inspiration within the ranks of Saxon and Dane He is still as tough as Cezanne a Study of His Development ever but cautious Experience has taught him when to strike and when to defend he knows how to survive war and the schemers that will always try to drag him down into the mud My banner was behind me and that banner would attract ambitious men They wanted my skull as a drinking cup my name as a trophy They watched me as I watched them and they saw a man covered in mud but a warlord with a wolf crested helmet and arm rings of gold and with close linked mail and a cloak of darkest blue hemmed with golden threads and a sword that was famous throughout BritainI feel like in this novel Uhtred is starting tonter a new phase of his life he is beginning to age It will be interesting to see how far this affects his life in later books He is still the shield of Wessex but the young Edward must learn that he will not always have the towering might of Uhtred at his back one day he will grow too old to draw Serpent s Breath for Wessex and one day Wessex will have to fend for itself Needless to say at this point I love this series Nobody does this uite as well as Cornwell Hopefully by the time the next book is released I ll have caught up with the rest of the books 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 These books make me wanna go In an England ravaged by Danes as marvelously and meticulously laid out by Bernard Cornwell in his The Last Kingdom series an English lord with Danish roots finds himself often at odds with which side to side with Here in book six Death of Kings the English king who s ruled since the beginning of the series finally kicks the bucket and now the new kid gets to sit in the big boy chairand the new kid is shitting his britches Lord Uhtred to the rescueLots of little armies move about a well described Medieval English countryside angling for position and on the verge of attack during a trying time for the country This is the Danes big chance to win it all for themselves and our anti hero Uhtred is tasked with discovering their plans In true Cornwell style his main character has as many You Owe Me One enemies and ill wishers in his own camp as he has actualnemies so it s a struggle at Democratic Art: The New Deal's Influence on American Culture every turn I gave it four stars yet Death of Kings wasn t necessarily better than others in the series I just liked it better than most I think because it s one of the balanced of Cornwell s books The typical character problems and actual historical stuff blend well together here Nice pacing on the action too This is a solid bridge to the next book CHARGE Man how do i love Uthred he is in an interesting age right now most of the famous warriorsif not all of them are already dead at this period of time and he has become a legend feared andnvied by all and a target for all the young warriors seeking fame gold and glory but Uthred s xperience shows itself knowing when to slaughter and when to hold

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when to be bold and to be cautious helps him in this fantastic novel I thought I had run out of steam with Uthred and King Alfred and their wars against the Danes in 9th century England But the BBC America mini series production of The Last Kingdom was so tasty and fabulous I got hungry for Cornwell s writing again So glad I did This one was so satisfying up there with the thrills of the first one of the series Uhtred who was born into Saxon nobility in Northumberland but kidnapped and raised a Dane continues to serve the Christian king of Wessex He has a modest state for his service but little income or honor because of his troublesome heathen ways and antagonism to the church hierarchy that Alfred lets influence his governance The site is on the borderland with ambitious Danish kings under an uneasy truce The unrest is being amplified by the impending death of Alfred as both Danes and Saxons are jockeying to take territory in the impending power vacuum Uhtred is Confederate Cities: The Urban South during the Civil War Era eager to conuernemies before they get too strong and wangles a way to reveal their intentionsOf course there are battles aplenty and Cornwell is masterly as usual in portraying them But the fun lies in Uhtred s mature ways of using craft in outwit the Danes and garnering intelligence to spot the Saxons who are about to betray Alfred by allying with them He is middle aged now and growing philosophical in many ways He keeps a wild young thing for his bed while sneaking time whenever possible with his forbidden love Athelflaed the king s daughter She is stranged from her treacherous Saxon husband and is now tucked away by Alfred in a nunnery neither of which stops Uhtred For a great Saxon husband and is now tucked away by Alfred in a nunnery neither of which stops Uhtred For a great depth review of this book treat yourself to that of Algernon I don t think it necessary to read the books in order though I am doing so With three to go I have something to tide me over while waiting for another season of the BBC production We ll see how well he does under Alfred s son Edward waiting for another season of the BBC production We ll see how well he does under Alfred s son Edward king His battle lieutenants Alfred s bastard son Osfert and the Irish x priest Finan are wonderful new characters in this book that I would like to read about His perpetual goal of recovering his rightful throne at Bebbanburg in Northumbria still lies in the future As Alfred is dyingan Uhthred in his middle ages shows no dulling of his vigour and fierceness of a warrior The Danes on Alfred s death Edicts of Asoka embark on another campaign to conuer England And my favourite was reading about Uthred s lover Alfred s warlike daughter AethelfladUthred visits an old sorceress who predicts the death of four kings and of all of Uthred s lovesA brilliant window into 10th century Saxon England Uthred again thrills us a great and prolific warrior and again through his witty repertoire shows his contempt for the church and his preference for the old pagan religion of the Saxons. Ut the challenge to him as the king's warrior is that he knows that he willither be the means of making Alfred's dream of a united and Christian England come to pass or be responsible for condemning it to oblivion This novel is a dramatic story of the power of tribal commitment and the terrible difficulties of divided loyalties This is the making of England magnificently brought to li. ,
Alfred looked dead already Indeed I might have thought him a corpse if he had not pulled his hand away from Osferth who was in tears The king s long face was pale as fleece with sunken yes sunken cheeks and dark shadows His hair had thinned and gone white His gums had pulled back from his remaining teeth his unshaven chin was stained with spittle while the hand on the book was mere skin covered bones on which a great ruby shone the ring too big now for his skeletal finger His breath was shallow though his voice was remarkably strong Behold the sword of the Saxons he greeted me image rror Check out my review for this fantastic book on Grimdark Magazine at Grimdark MagazineDeath of Kings the continuation of Uhtred of Bebbanburg s tale is another roaring and shield wall frenzied addition to The Saxon Chronicles Writing that is as sharp as Wasp Sting dialogue that makes ven the sternest of nun s laugh Uhtred s band will leave you itching to read There are seasons of our lives when nothing seems to be happening when no smoke betrays a burned town or homestead and few tears are shed for the newly dead I have learned not to trust those times because if the world is at peace then it means someone is planning war You will I suspect have heard of Bernard Cornwell and his phenomenal story telling He has written about pretty much verything and all of it that I have read 11 books and watched 3 Seasons of The Last Kingdom is incredible You ll want to acuaint yourself with Bernard as soon as possible and be prepared fore as you begin your journey into Bernard s world you will become a Saxon warrior in 9th Century Britain or one of Arthur s trusted warriors in 5th C Britain or an archer for England in the 100 Year War Bernard is a master of writing His pacing is perfect his protagonists are full of charisma and inspiration and what makes it EVEN cooler is that it is all based on real Elizabeth I: Translations, 1544-1589 events That s right This all happened Well most of it anyway Bernard has traced his lineage back to 9th C Britain and discovered an Uhtred of Bebbanburg in his family tree Men do not relish the shield wall They do not rush to death smbrace You look ahead and see the overlapping shields the helmets the glint of axes and spears and swords and you know you must go into the reach of those blades into the place of death and it takes time to summon the courage to heat the blood to let the madness overtake caution Now Uhtred has fought for the Alfred the Great and the Saxon s for many years showing loyalty that many did not Dolphin Confidential: Confessions of a Field Biologist expect of a Saxon boy raised a Dane man He has stayed with Alfred desperate to reap the benefits of his positionnough to amass a war band to take back his home Bebbanburg from his uncle His continues to face this struggle alongside the reality of fighting against the hordes of Danes and other Scandinavian warriorsDeath of Kings has a different format to the previous instalments and is in turn slightly slower but do not worry Bernard Cornwell s staple witty characters have many moments to shine specially in his famous battles that he writers spectacularly This book is full of motional scenes between characters that have been favourites since Book 1 The Last Kingdom which I shall review in the next month or so Uhtred s relationship with Alfred is one that I have appreciate much the older I get Serpent Breath was famousWasp Sting short and lethal Uhtred is a glorious character that has aged very well He is formidable in battle and uick to anger and one of Bernard s strongest characters I love how he is still similar to his younger self but has changed slightly from xperiences and age I am always on Uhtred s side I just wish all of the Saxon s and Danes were too Wyrd bi ful ar d 55 Death of Kings is another magnificent instalment And what s ven better is that Book 6 is only halfway through so far Saxon s vs Danes Uhtred stuck in the middle death is all around Imaginary Runner everyone wants a piece of Britain Storytelling at its best A few days ago I was sent the following joke A girl no better than she should be goes to the local council to gain some help She has ten sons and when asked their names she saysNathan Nathan Nathan Nathantc The official asks her Isn t that a bit confusing No she says It makes my life so much From Cottage to Bungalow: Houses and the Working Class in Metropolitan Chicago, 1869-1929 easier I just go out into the street and say Nathan time for bed or Nathan time for supper and in they come Simple as that But what happens if you want to speak to one individually Oh that s simple she says I just use their surnames The reason this joke lodged itself in my brain is because i was mid journey through Bernard Cornwell s wond Uhtred is back in the sixth installment of the Saxon series King Alfred later known as Alfred the Great to us is dying and is dead partway through the story leaving the kingdom open to attack from different opponentsspecially the Danes But they don t attack right away and this puzzles Uhtred so he goes off xploring into Dane territory as well as seeking the input from a witch Of course is happening than Uhtred realizes and don t worry because there will be fighting with Danes That said there isn t as much as in the previous books which was a bit disappointing to me This novel focused a great deal on the politics and may have been a setup for the next novel I suspect As usual we get the gore dirt and tense shield walls of the period Cornwell is arguably the best author for military historical fiction so if this period is of any interest to you he s the one to read Because the battles were a bit on the low side I gave this novel a notch down from the previous ones Some of my favorite lines below the grade Note that this is in first person narrative for those skipping the previous five novels Bad idea by the waySTORYPLOTTING B CHARACTERSDIALOGUE B plus to A minus PERIODACTION SCENES B plus OVERALL GRADE B plus WHEN READ January 2012 revised review January 2013 p 15 That made sense but why would Eohric want the alliance Eohric of East Anglia had been perched on the fence between Christians and pagans Danes and Saxons for as long as I could remember yet ow he "want to proclaim his allegiance to the Christian Saxons Because of Cnut Ranulfson one of the twins xplained when I " to proclaim his allegiance to the Christian Saxons Because of Cnut Ranulfson one of the twins xplained when I the uestion Alfred was dying and his death would surely bring the pagan swords and hearth fire to Mercia and Wessex And the True Faith Will Be Scourged faith will be scourged Britain unless we defend it the older of the two West Saxon priests said Which is why we beg you to forge the alliance Willibald said At the Christmas feast one of the twins addedchokengtitiktitikchokeng 46 He half smiled showing yellowed teeth I would kill you Uhtred he said mildly and so rid the world of a worthless piece of rat shit but that pleasure must wait He pulled up his right sleeve to show a splint on his forearm The splint was two slivers of wood bound tight with linen bands I also saw a curious scar on his palm a pair of slashes that formed a cross Sigured was no coward but nor was he fool nough to fight me while the broken bone of his sword The master of historical fiction presents the iconic story of King Alfred and the making of a nation As the ninth century wanes England appears about to be plunged into chaos once For the Viking raised but Saxon born warrior Uhtred whose life seems to shadow the making of England this presents him with difficult choices King Alfred is dying and his passing threatens the island of Britai. .
Rm was mending You were fighting women again I asked nodding at the strange scar He stared at me I thought my insult had gone deep but he was From Notes to Narrative: Writing Ethnographies That Everyone Can Read evidently thinkingchokengtitiktitikchokeng 50 Some had hurled spears first Those spears thumped into our shields making them unwieldy but it hardly mattered The leading Danes tripped on the hidden timbers and the men behind pushed the falling men forward I kicked one in the face feeling my iron reinforced boot crush bone Danes were sprawling at our feet while others tried to get past their fallen comrades to reach our line and we were killing Two men succeeded in reaching us despite the smoking barricade and one of those two fell to Wasp Sting coming up from beneath his shield rim He had been swinging an ax that the man behind me caught on his shield and the Dane was still holding the war ax s shaft as I saw hisyes widen saw the snarl of his mouth turn to agony as I saw his yes widen saw the snarl of his mouth turn to agony as I twisted the blade ripping it upward and as Cerdic beside me chopped his own ax down The man with the crushed face was holding my ankle and I stabbed at him as the blood spray from Cerdic s ax blinded me The whimpering man at my feet tried to crawl away but Finan stabbed his sword into his thigh then stabbed again A Dane had hooked up his ax over the top rim of my shield and hauled it down to xpose my body to a spear thrust but the ax rolled off the circular shield and the spear was deflected upward and I slammed Wasp Sting forward again felt her bite twisted her and Finan was keening his mad Irish song as he added his own blade to the slaughter Keep the shields touching I shouted at my menp 52 Cerdic s ax sliced down through linen wool iron bone and brainchokengtitiktitikchokeng58 His voice faded He was still mbarrassed by the previous night s argument in his hall He had watched one of my own men insult me and he had prevented me from giving punishment and the incident lay between us like a burning coal Yet both of us pretended it had not happenedchokengtitiktitikchokeng 93 The noise of the fire was a roar punctured by the cracks of splitting timberschokengtitiktitikchokeng 122 I frowned at him Was your mother straining at the stool when you were born p 286 They re dying I shouted Now kill all the bastards Cnut was not dead but his men were dragging him away and in his place came Sigurd Sigurdson the puppy who had promised to kill me and he screamed wild yed as he charged up the ditch feet flailing for purchase and I swung my damaged shield outward to give him a target and like a fool he took it lunging his sword Fire Dragon hard at my belly but the shield came back fast deflecting Fire Dragon between my body and Rollo and I half turned as I drove Wasp Sting up at this neck He had forgotten his lessons forgotten to protect himself with his shield and the short blade went under his chin up through his mouth breaking teeth piercing his skull so hard that I lifted him off the Twelve Days of Pleasure earth for a moment as his blood poured down my hand and inside my mail sleeve and then I shook him off the blade and swept it backhanded at a Dane who recoiled fell and I let another man kill him because Oscytel was coming shouting that I was an old man and the battle joy was in me The joy That madness The gods must feel this wayvery moment of very day It as if the world slows You see the attacker you see him shouting t Bernard Cornwell is a prolific author and usually reliable to deliver a solid historical novel with clearly sketched battle scenes and heroic deeds of valor yet not all things are created ual and I have come to appreciate some of his stuff than Others The Saxon Chronicles The Saxon Chronicles at the top of my preference list together with his Arthurian pic The Warlord Saga And Death of Kings may be the best of the Saxon books published yet Alfred the Great is on his death bed his long illness progressing despite fervent prayers from his priests and his dream of uniting all Saxon kingdoms under one rule is about to die with him Around Wessex the Danes are gathering their armies and their longboats like vultures around a sick beast
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priests that surround Alfred believe can be had in xchange for holy relics and long prayers One man knows that only strong arms and hard steel will defend the dream of one Britain Uhtred of Bebbanburg has been the shield and sword of Alfred for many years yet he has little to show for his victories in battle Impoverished and sidelined by the priests who resent his faith in the Norse Gods and his libertine lifestyle Uhtred knows that Wessex stands ready to be teared apart from without by the Danes and from withing by competing claimants to the succession of Alfred There are seasons of our lives when nothing seems to be happening when no smoke betrays a burned town or homestead and few tears are shed for the newly dead I have learned not to trust those times because if the world is at peace then it means someone is planning wars The political chess game was not so difficult to follow although there are many players involved and my three year break from the series made previous Grand Illusion: The Third Reich, the Paris Exposition, and the Cultural Seduction of France events a little hazy The novel shines in other aspects like the transition of Uhtred from an impulsive berserker and bloodthirsty killing machine into a strong leader of men a tactician and a wily manipulator of information setting traps for his adversaries and turning their own tricks against them To illustrate the Danes know that people in tenth century Britain were a superstitious lot Uhtred included and they set up and pay a witch to prophesize the doom of Alfred s allies and the victory of their own side She was ugliness in human guise the galdridge the aglaecwif Aelfadell After going to the oracle himself andxperimenting with shrooms and sex Uhtred decides to set up his own shrine and have a few Christian virgin maids allegedly promise victory to the Saxons and doom to the Vikings It is a complex game than I m trying to paint here view spoiler and it nds badly hide spoiler This series gets better with age Over the years Uhtred has fought in countless battles and he has slain a countless number of people He has led warriors and ven armies all in the name of Alfred the Great and now Alfred is dying he is old sick and full of bitter regret On his death bed he tries one time to unify England under the banner of Wessex and as Great Plains: America's Lingering Wild ever Uthred must lead this final unrewarding attempt But is it too late Indeed despite this last ditch attempt Alfred snemies smell blood they can see his weakness and sense the fragility of his reign they are ready to pounce they are ready to cut the throat of Wessex The schemers know that without Alfred the kingdom will ultimately fall So they are waiting for his long prolonged demise It is close on the horizon leaving Uhtred in a difficult situation He is hated by most if not all of Wessex so he must gain Edward s trust He must prize Alfred s son away from the churchmen or the kingdom will most certainly fall and with it Uhtr. N to renewed warfare Alfred wants his son Edward to succeed him but there are other Saxon claimants to the throne as well as ambitious pagan Vikings to the north Uhtred's loyalty and his vows were to Alfred not to his son and despite his long years of service to Alfred he is still not committed to the Saxon cause His own desire is to reclaim his long lost lands and castle to the north

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