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A Great account of History and Adventure!!,
This review is from: The Last Kingdom (The Last Kingdom Series, Book 1) (Paperback)
As my first Cornwell novel and my first frist-person novel I have to say that this story was deeply impressive.
The first-person prospective puts you constantly right up front in the action with main character Uhtred. Cornwells research shows in everything from his discriptions of the blend of old-Roman and saxon architecture to his brilliant account of Christiantiys attempts to phase out Paganism. But the authors skills really come through in his excellent ability to fully create epic battles in the readers mind. And battles really were not as fancy and flamboyant as hollywood would have you think.
The shield-walls are what this book is all about, Uhtreds own goal is to one day be in the shield-wall, and its not a pretty sight. Cornwell thrusts you up front as blades and shields collide and blood sprays. The tension in these moments is like nothing I'd ever read before.
This book is must have even if only for the mostly incredibly accurate accout of events that happened around this time- for with Uhtred you will meet many famous historical heroes and villains. But the story alone is a beatiful one- with romance, death, tragedy and grudges. Uhted is a brillaint character who you will come to love regardless of his reckless and cold attitude. A classic, a must have, you'll love it!