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The Pagan Lord (The Warrior Chronicles, Book 7) [Kindle Edition]

Bernard Cornwell
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The new novel in Bernard Cornwell’s number one bestselling series The Warrior Chronicles, on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg.

Alfred the Great is dead and Edward his son reigns as king. Wessex survives but peace cannot hold. The Danes in the north, led by Viking Cnut Longsword, stand ready to invade and will never rest until the emerald crown is theirs.

Uhtred, once Alfred’s great warrior but now out of favour with the new king, must lead a band of outcasts north to recapture his old family home, that great Northumbrian fortress, Bebbanburg.

Loyalties will be divided and men will fall, as every Saxon kingdom is drawn into the bloodiest battle yet with the Danes; a war which will decide the fate of every king, and the entire English nation.


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    Praise for THE PAGAN LORD:

    ‘Tense, powerful, compulsive’ THE TIMES

    ‘Bernard Cornwell is always in full command of his material and The Pagan Lord demonstrates his unobtrusive skills as a novelist… Cornwell provides his usual pleasures of a strong narrative, vigorous action and striking characterisation. Like some of his characters he remains king of the territory he has staked out as his own’ SUNDAY TIMES

    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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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 881 KB
    • Print Length: 321 pages
    • Publisher: HarperCollins (26 Sept. 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00C4IHDXI
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (852 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #945 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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    96 of 98 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Still a thundering good yarn 6 Oct. 2013
    By JPS TOP 100 REVIEWER
    Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
    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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    10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Another Triumph! 13 Dec. 2013
    Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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    Once again Bernard Cornwell turns out a splendid page turner, he really is a consummate writer /story teller. In this sequel The Pagan Lord we find Uhtred on the wrong side of the new King and up against the heaviest opposition so far. The narrative is fast paced so much so that I found I was up until 2 in the morning as I had to find out what happened next. A thoroughly excellent read. For those who would like further information on this epoch, I highly recommend the OSPREY Campaign, Warrior, and men at arms booklets, with great overviews, excellent illustrations, and highly detailed maps.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Uhtred rides (and sails and fights) again! 13 Oct. 2013
    By T. D. Welsh TOP 1000 REVIEWER
    Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
    My copy of this book (hardback edition) is exactly 300 pages long, so lack of content can't be the reason why I finished it within a few hours. It's just that events flow so fast, and are woven together so compulsively by the master story-teller. If you've read the previous "Uhtred" books you'll recognize the basic ingredients: Saxons, Danes, Christianity, nasty conniving priests, the Norse gods, sailing in cockleshell ships, shield walls, cheating, lies, trickery, and the meeting of men who honestly admit their mutual respect and liking before earnestly setting out to disembowel each other. Oh, and Uhtred's perpetual longing for his ancestral home of Bebbanburg (Bamburgh) of which he was cheated by his wicked uncle (honest!) And, last and most important of all, the need to die with a sword clutched in one's hand so as to feast with the heroes in Valhalla in the afterlife. Whatever your particular reason for Jonesing for another fix of Uhtred, here it is - come and get it! Guaranteed pure, uncut, and heavenly bliss while it lasts. As a fringe benefit, you can enjoy a chance (so rare nowadays) to see human beings portrayed honestly, as they really are and not as some churchman or philosopher thinks they should be. If there are any fans of Lee Child's Jack Reacher who haven't yet discovered Uhtred, I think they will find him very much to their taste. (Although, come to think of it, I should put that in one of my Reacher reviews rather than here).

    True, "The Pagan Lord" is the recipe as usual, but it's a cordon bleu recipe: lobster and champagne (or whatever your personal equivalent might be). Please keep them coming, Mr Cornwell! And God bless you for ministering so expertly to our spiritual needs.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 29 Mar. 2014
    Format:Hardcover
    Read in one day while I was ill, couldn't put it down. Love this series but this is the best yet, can't wait till next one comes out in October!
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    By bestie
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    This series has gone from strength to strength, I have never felt so close to understanding what the Saxon warrior world must have been like.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars How subtle must a warlord be? 11 Oct. 2013
    By MickM
    Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
    I am admittedly a Cornwell fan, so much so that I ordered this book in the UK and had it shipped, so I could read it as soon as possible, as opposed to waiting for the US release in January. Cornwell is the current master of the historical/war novel. He continues that quality of writing in this book. It is not as long as some of the other books in the series or as gory, although there is enough single and massed combat to satisfy all but the most sanguinary reader. What I found most compelling is that Cornwell has successfully aged Uthred. He is fifty now, not the headstrong bloodthirsty youth of the earlier novels. He is still very much the warrior, still flawed, but, as we follow his inner dialogue, more thoughtful more considerate, and much more aware of, and wrestling with, the issues around him. He cannot figure out the continuing rise of Christianity, and his questions are on point and humorous. He misses the friends of his youth and early maturity, while facing his hopes and concerns for his own children. There is more in his thoughts than the next battle or lust for a captured woman. The Pagan Lord is a deeper, more interesting protagonist than we have seen, and I admire Cornwell's skill in bringing out that facet of Uthred.

    Would I have liked for the book to be longer? Yes, but that is true of almost every book I have read and liked. It is not short, and there is none of the printing gamesmanship of large type and extra spacing between lines present. I did not feel slighted in that regard. Neither do I understand the frustrations expressed about this novel not wrapping up Uthred's tale. I am delighted that it did not, even if a bit surprised. Hopefully, we shall have at least one more Saxon's tale, and I shall pursue that one across the Atlantic, also.
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