The Pale Horseman (Saxon Tales (Paperback))

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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 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 is the second book in Bernard Cornwell's Alfred the Great sequence, and this highly experienced author will be well aware of the pitfalls awaiting the creator of any second book in a series -- particularly when its predecessor, The Last Kingdom, was so enthusiastically received. The fact that Cornwell's Sharpe books are so beloved (for their immense colour and vivid recreation of a very lively period of history) was not a guarantee that this latest venture for the author would succeed. But succeed it did, and The Last Kingdom conjured an era of Vikings and massacres, with a brilliantly drawn (and complex) King Alfred at the centre of the narrative. So -- does Cornwell bring off this second book with equal panache?

No need for suspense -- The Pale Horseman is just as exhilarating a recreation of an age of heroes as its predecessor, delivered with the brio that is the author's trademark. Uhtred was born in Northumbria but rais! ed as a Viking. Married to a Saxon, he has achieved fame as a doughty warrior. But the more reflective Alfred has problems with the aggressive, self-serving manner of his young friend. An alliance, though, is necessary: these two are the sole remnants of those who commanded Wessex, after ill-judged bargains have destroyed the union. The Vikings now reign over most of England, and Alfred and his company are obliged to hide in the swampy netherland of Athelney, trying to regain the support they once enjoyed. Uhtred cannot shake off his Viking training, but finds himself acquiring an admiration for Alfred, who he comes to sense is a great man. As the narrative progresses, the conflict between the two men must be resolved before bloody battles will change the fate of England.

One expects the heroic endeavours of Bernard Cornwell's novels to be dispatched with panache, but there is another element which his admirers rely on: the conflict between his strongly drawn characters,! exemplified here by the two proud leaders. It'll take a while! before this new sequence achieves the immense popularity of the Sharpe novels, but the auguries are good. --Barry Forshaw

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"Entertaining" -- Arizona Republic

"Great stuff, as always, from the master." -- Kirkus Reviews

"A suavely rendered tale . [brings] turbulent times to vivid life." -- Philadelphia Inquirer

Entertaining --Arizona Republic

" [A] big-bellied, bushy-bearded tale ... [Cornwell] endows the book with an unexpectedly complex, thoughtful soul."--Time Magazine

"Filled with bawdy humor, bloodlust, treachery and valor, this stirring tale will leave readers eager for the next volume ."--Publishers Weekly

"Entertaining"--Arizona Republic

"A suavely rendered tale ... [brings] turbulent times to vivid life."--Philadelphia Inquirer

"A crackerjack adventure tale from a master of the craft."--Booklist

"Great stuff, as always, from the master."--Kirkus Reviews

[A] big-bellied, bushy-bearded tale ... [Cornwell] endows the book with an unexpectedly complex, thoughtful soul. --Time Magazine"

A suavely rendered tale [brings] turbulent times to vivid life. --Philadelphia Inquirer"

Entertaining --Arizona Republic"

A crackerjack adventure tale from a master of the craft. --Booklist"

Filled with bawdy humor, bloodlust, treachery and valor, this stirring tale will leave readers eager for the next volume . --Publishers Weekly"

Great stuff, as always, from the master. --Kirkus Reviews"

Bernard Cornwell does the best battle scenes of any writer I ve ever read, past or present. --George R.R. Martin"

Superior entertainment that is both engaging and enlightening....Historical adventures as smart and vigorous as Cornwell s are in short supply. --Washington Post"

A big-bellied, bushy-bearded tale of 9th century England. Our hero is Uhtred, a good-hearted lout with a pleasantly sour disposition; he s like a 9th century Han Solo....He endows the book with an unexpectedly complex, thoughtful soul. --Time"

"Bernard Cornwell does the best battle scenes of any writer I've ever read, past or present."--George R.R. Martin

"Superior entertainment that is both engaging and enlightening....Historical adventures as smart and vigorous as Cornwell's are in short supply."--Washington Post

"A big-bellied, bushy-bearded tale of 9th century England. Our hero is Uhtred, a good-hearted lout with a pleasantly sour disposition; he's like a 9th century Han Solo....He endows the book with an unexpectedly complex, thoughtful soul."--Time

-Bernard Cornwell does the best battle scenes of any writer I've ever read, past or present.---George R.R. Martin

-Superior entertainment that is both engaging and enlightening....Historical adventures as smart and vigorous as Cornwell's are in short supply.---Washington Post

-A big-bellied, bushy-bearded tale of 9th century England. Our hero is Uhtred, a good-hearted lout with a pleasantly sour disposition; he's like a 9th century Han Solo....He endows the book with an unexpectedly complex, thoughtful soul.---Time

-A suavely rendered tale ... [brings] turbulent times to vivid life.---Philadelphia Inquirer

-Entertaining---Arizona Republic

-A crackerjack adventure tale from a master of the craft.---Booklist

-Filled with bawdy humor, bloodlust, treachery and valor, this stirring tale will leave readers eager for the next volume .---Publishers Weekly

-Great stuff, as always, from the master.---Kirkus Reviews

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