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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Praise for The Pale Horseman:
‘Bernard Cornwell is a literary miracle. Year after year, hail, rain, snow, war and political upheavals fail to prevent him from producing the most entertaining and readable historical novels of his generation.' Daily Mail
'Cornwell's narration is quite masterly and supremely well-researched.' Observer
‘It is stirring stuff, and few writers are better qualified than Cornwell to do justice to the excitement of the times…Ninth-century Britain and a master of storytelling – it is a marriage made in heaven.’ Sunday Telegraph
‘Cornwell’s mastery of historical sources and his aptitude for battle scenes is well established…the language, and particularly the dialogue, is raw and unarchaic, rich in insults and Anglo-Saxon expletives.’ Times Literary Supplement
Engaging read, not challenging but Bernard Cornwell's story telling skill shines through.Published 4 days ago by vectoral
Fantastic , a gripping read from start to finish I can't wait to read the next book in the seriesPublished 11 days ago by John & karen Woodward
Well researched historical facts woven into an exciting story a real page turner.Published 14 days ago by Linda
Gripping tale from the beginning to the end, great character's given more life from the first book. Now got the third book and hope it's as good.Published 14 days ago by Neil Hartley
This is book 2 of the series. I have read many of Bernard Cornwell's books and have enjoyed them all. His writing is excellent. This book brings the characters to life. Read morePublished 15 days ago by GDGBD
Brilliant book, second in the series and a must read for anyone who likes historical fiction. Bernard Cornwell brings the Anglo Saxon age to life with interesting characters and... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Big D