Nono secolo dopo Cristo. Dopo la morte di re Alfredo il Grande, lo scettro è passato al figlio Edoardo, e nella Terra degli Angli sembra regnare la pace: a nord dominano i danesi, a sud i sassoni. Ma una così lunga quiete mette a dura prova l'animo dei veri guerrieri. Tra loro c'è Uhtred, uno dei più famosi soldati sassoni del defunto sovrano. Ormai bandito dal regno, Uhtred parte per il Nord con i pochi uomini che gli sono rimasti fedeli, per compiere una temeraria impresa: riconquistare Bebbanburg, la più inespugnabile fortezza della Terra degli Angli. Intanto quella pace, in realtà solo apparente, comincia a incrinarsi. Cnut Spadone, il più temuto e crudele dei signori danesi, vuole vendicare il rapimento della moglie e del suo erede: tutti i regni della Terra degli Angli vengono così coinvolti in una guerra sanguinosa. E toccherà a Uhtred fare in modo che la battaglia finale avvenga nel luogo e nel momento da lui scelti...
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After just a few pages Uhtred has murdered an abbot, kicked a former friend’s teeth in and disowned a son. He quickly names another his heir, then shortly afterwards his hall is burned down and his woman is abducted by a mysterious band of warriors. So it’s just another day for the mighty Pagan Lord Leggi tutto
(This is an ARC…which by now is not terribly advanced at all. But anyway, I won it here on Goodreads and I thought I should mention that…but now that I think about it, why should I mention that? I mean, I'm going to give my honest opinion of the thing no matter how I came about my copy, so what the Leggi tutto
Now forgive me for this but BERNARD CORNWELL WRITING UHTRED IS SO DAMN GOOD. I really can’t express how good this book is or do it any justice, but I’ll give it a go. “Five things make a man happy,” I told him, “a good ship, a good sword, a good hound, a good horse, and a woman.” “Not a good woman?” Leggi tutto
Exciting because I was there! I'd gone to these battles sites an d seen the castles of Wales last year. Oh I love to read this stuff too. (Historical fiction of course). Wessex then becomes the springboard for the campaigns that will reconquer the north and create a unified country of the English-spe Leggi tutto
If you've gotten this far in the series you know the pattern. Uhtred threatens priests, leaves Wessex in a tizzy, returns to save the day because of Ethelred, priests proclaim it's the nailed god, Uhtred does a facepalm. These are an easy read and guilty pleasure.
Another solid entry in this great series. The ending was awesome and some of the newer, younger characters are really starting to shine too.
It's fate, isn't it? One moment we're in the sunlight, and the next every dark cloud in Christendom is pissing all over us. Uhtred of Bebbanburg is getting old and cranky. Ten years of relative peace in the kingdoms of Wessex and Mercia don't do much to improve his temper, despite having good sons,
This may sound odd coming from a woman, but I identify with the main character of this series in many ways and as long as Bernard Cornwell doesn't mess with that character too much then he will always hit true with me as each new book in the Warrior Chronicles (officially known as the Saxon Stories
‘...I was sent to Hel and heard her dark cockerels crowing! They announced my coming... and the Corpse-Ripper came for me...The Corpse-Ripper... all rotted flesh peeling from his yellow bones and his eyes like fire and his teeth like horns and his claws like gelding knives. And there was a bone on t Leggi tutto
So damn good!
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