Though what can Alfred truly expect? You simply cannot find better historical fiction, especially about this time period. What other book might you compare The Pale Horseman to, and why? While this series has some strong analogies to The Game of Thrones, this book is actually more violent. Ahhhhh Uhtred you are quite the lad. We hoisted the sail fully and seethed past the two small, tubby boats and so, for the first time, I came to the shore of Wales. The water about our feet grew red. Um guerreiro pagão que precisa obedecer a um cristão devoto? The wind rose, the seas heaved us, and we brought the oars inboard and let the air and water carry us for we could neither see nor steer.
Uhtred of Bebbanburg, Lord of Northumbria is as headstrong, arrogant, and fearless as ever. I just totally get it. É a loucura da batalha. Oh Bernard, how do you do what you do? 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. If I wasn't convinced already, I am now. He spat at me and I laughed.
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. 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. I'm always nervous to read a second book in a series as I'm usually always disappointed. This is the second of the series but you can read it standing alone and it still makes a complete story because the events in this book are of vital importance in the life of Alfred The Great. His writing flows so well that the pages flew by, and I wasn't even aware that I was r I enjoyed this book every bit as much as I enjoyed the first one. Se você é fã de batalhas, sinta-se obrigado a ler Crônicas Saxônicas. Both ships were under sail, riding the south west wind, and both were Danish, or perhaps Norse, and both were laden with warriors.
Would it be presumptuous of me to say that I think that he is a writer's writer?. He laughed, then looked past me. Christianity dominated society and thought. 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. Uhtred is as much Danish as he is Saxon.
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. I thought his battle scenes were as bloody and chaotic and good as ever. And, there is no supernatural in this series. There was amber, jet and ivory. That last 50 pages or so were awesome. When Uhtred returns to his king, he is met with distain and mistrust. His characters were likeable or despicable and you do care about them.
Mainly because he's becoming a great warrior and we get to see him build his reputation. 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. To me there is no flaw in Cornwell's writing or storytelling in this series. There were weapons and armour. By the time we had waded out to Fyrdraca, raised her anchor and rowed her from the lee of the island both boats were almost out of sight, but once our sail was hoisted we began to overhaul them.
The sea heaves there, as if the ocean gods flexed their muscles, and the white birds cry endlessly, and the wind rattles the spray against the cliffs and Fyrdraca, running before that bright wind, left a path in the sea and the steering oar fought me, pulsing with the life of the water and the flexing of the ship and the joy of the passage. As William's star rises, Richard's onetime gratitude is souring, and he is sorely tempted to abandon family loyalty. I could see a man in her bows pointing further up the coast and meanwhile my men were arming themselves, and I shouted at Haesten to take the steering oar. I am definitely ready to see what is next for Uhtred. The Britons followed us along the shore.
I loved all the new characters he added and enjoyed revisiting the old ones, including the Danes. 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. What can I say; I just adore mean old Uhtred, despite his flaws and his sometimes unethical behavior. However, the fascinating thing is that everybody believes in the supernatural. In fact, I found my self searching the web after reading this book and the author notes, trying to look up facts. They were small craft, probably traders from Cornwalum, and they were running before the south west wind towards the hidden shore where I assumed Svein had taken the White Horse.
But it is Uhtred who made this book memorable for me. The crew was unlashing the oars and taking the plugs from the oarholes. I ran forward and there she was. É onde o guerreiro ganha reputação, e reputação é importante para nós. But what Uhtred wanted never became reality instead he reached at a point where he had to pick a side and he ended up being a Saxon and winning the war for Alfred. Would it be presumptuous of me to say that I think that he is a writer's writer? Bernard Cornwell, apart from having a talent for writing epic duels and battles, is also proving to be a great story teller. Alfred is a more complex and well-developed character at this stage, and I did enjoy the shifts in his relationship with Uhtred.
I assumed they were the apostles and that the plate had been the treasure of some Irish church or monastery before Ivar had captured it. Some were retrieving oars from the water, and Leofric was pushing Fyrdraca away, fearful that she would be caught on the rocks. 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. 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. This is a wonderful second novel in The Saxon Stories series. A thorn in the side of the priests and nobles who shape his fate, this Saxon raised by Vikings is torn between the life he loves and those he has sworn to serve.