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The Pagan Lord (The Last Kingdom Series, Book 7) (The Warrior Chronicles) Hardcover – 26 Sep 2013

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (26 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007331908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007331901
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.2 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (905 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bernard Cornwell was born in London, raised in Essex, and now lives mainly in the USA with his wife. In addition to the hugely successful Sharpe novels, Bernard Cornwell is the author of the Starbuck Chronicles, the Warlord trilogy, the Grail Quest series and the Alfred series.

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THE PAGAN LORD – 'The Times books of the Year 2013' pick

'A tense, powerful and compulsive story' THE TIMES

'Strong narrative, vigourous action and striking characterisation, Cornwell remains king of the territory he has staked out as his own' SUNDAY TIMES

'Blood, divided loyalties and thundering battles' THE TIMES

'A violent, absorbing historical saga, deeply researched and thoroughly imagined' WASHINGTON POST

Praise for Bernard Cornwell:

‘The best battle scenes of any writer I’ve ever read, past or present. Cornwell really makes history come alive’ George R.R. Martin

‘Cornwell draws a fascinating picture of England as it might have been before anything like England existed’ THE TIMES

‘He’s called a master storyteller. Really he’s cleverer than that’ TELEGRAPH

‘A reminder of just how good a writer he is’ SUNDAY TIMES

‘Nobody in the world does this better than Cornwell’ Lee Child

This is a magnificent and gory work' Daily Mail

'The historical blockbuster of the year' EVENING STANDARD

‘A runaway success’ OBSERVER

‘A master of storytelling’ SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

This is typical Cornwell, meticulously researched, massive in scope, brilliant in execution’ NEWS OF THE WORLD

About the Author

Bernard Cornwell was born in London, raised in Essex and
worked for the BBC for eleven years before meeting Judy, his
American wife. Denied an American work permit he wrote a
novel instead and has been writing ever since. He and Judy
divide their time between Cape Cod and Charleston, South
Carolina.


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101 of 103 people found the following review helpful By JPS TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Oct. 2013
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This is instalment seven of the Warrior Chronicles set in the time of King Alfred and his successors, with Uthred, the pagan warlord brought up by the Danes, still fighting on the side of the Saxons, although getting a bit long on the tooth. Unsurprisingly, a number of reviewers who (just like myself) have read through the whole series over the years may have a sense a "déjà vu", to the extent that some mayt be getting a bit tired with having similar scenes played over and over again. These include the hero getting himself into trouble by murdering and terrorising overbearing churchmen, throwing his weight around, rushing around the country waving his sword and saving the Saxons almost on his own. If the book was limited to this, then indeed I would share their feelings. But there is, at least for me, far more to it than that...

As mentioned in the title of this review, the book is a thundering good yarn, regardless of whether you have read the previous ones in the series. It was, at least for me, hugely entertaining. It is one of these books that you can't drop until you have reached the last page and I admit to spending most of Saturday reading it from cover to cover non-stop. Hence you get comments from some other reviewers about the book being shorter than others, perhaps, and shorter than they would have wished, quite certainly. This, in itself, makes the book well worth reading. It is a first class swashbuckler adventure story, fast-paced and with lots of "blood and thunder". In this respect, Bernard Cornwell is true to form.

Then there is the historical context, and the painting of what was shortly to become "England". Here also, the author has been true to form, meaning excellent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Dec. 2013
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I love spending time on the ancient roads with Bernard Cornwell's characters and one of the more recent, Uhtred of Bebbanburg has been one that I've loved to hang around, especially during the chaotic time surround Alfred the Great. What his stories do is bring a chaotic time to the reader and allow them to immerse themselves in the bloody fields of war whilst also giving them a cracking story throughout.

Whilst this book has felt an age off coming, one of the things that has kept striking me throughout the whole series is when are we going to get to the characters own personal goals rather than his manipulation by those surrounding them. Its taken a long time to come round and to be honest I'm not sure how many more books the character has in him.

All round I have thoroughly enjoyed the story but the key thing with any of these books is that we know that the key character is never in any real danger (as he tells his tale from the future as an old man.) That detracts from the danger for me, and as such I do feel a little cheated as you known that no matter what the odds are he'll walk away alive. That really does irk me. That said, it is a cracking addition to the series and one that many readers will not wait to get their hands on, especially as the dark nights close in, with the home fires banked. What more could you wish for?
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By D. Cook on 4 Oct. 2013
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I must admit that Bernard's craft is exceptional and the 'making of England series' is up there with the best of his work in my opinion. Uhtred is a fabulous creation and here were are at number 7 in the series. It's a great addition, but I thought along with Sword Song it was weak. Let me explain.
The story starts well and then we go on another quest or sorts which leaves everyone, including Uhtred disappointed. Bebbanburg is mentioned several times over, Haesten, so was Alfred being dead and the Roman's and their straight roads, milestones, shield walls and the evil Christian church. It becomes a bit samey in the middle, then after the siege of Chester it does pick up again, but by then you've turned the last page. I read the same sort of sentances and worried that Bernard had become lost, confused - why the repetition?
I love reading about Uhtred when he's threatening (anyone) and Bernard does it ever so well. There are some fantastic pieces of dialogue here, funny moments and the gut-wrenching battle scenes which Bernard writes is still as fresh as ever.
With 7 or so years before Aethelflaed dies and 14 years until Edward the Elder passes, Uhtred will be in his 70's by the time he sees the country become England. I hope it's a good ending. I shall be there until the end.

David Cook, author of Liberty or Death (The Soldier Chronicles Book 1) and Heart of Oak (The Soldier Chronicles Book 2)
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By amazon customer on 13 Dec. 2013
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By mobydick on 3 Nov. 2013
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I have read a number of the reviews penned for this latest edition to the Warrior Chronicles both for and partly against but the overriding factor seems to be similar to me most people just could not put the book down.

I just feel that some of the criticism has arisen due to the sheer absolute quality of the earlier books. One other issue must be that this is the predominant series for this era currently in print.Unlike for example Napoleonic novels the genre is uncrowded and hence people are more critical of any straying from the historical orthodox.

It does have a number of the same themes and strains of earlier books but the book moves on in history and introduces you to and re-introduces characters you affiliate with it is not just Uhtred that makes the book and series as a whole it is the variety of characters and their versatility which engages the reader.

Like most people I was just disappointed I finished it but whether criticism arises due to similar themes playing out or not, any book you cannot put down; read to the exclusion of all else and leaves you impatient for the next in the series cannot be too bad by half.
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