20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Fun read from the Cornwell-Identikit (tm),
This review is from: The Pale Horseman (Saxon Tales) (Paperback)Bernard Cornwell is a prolific writer of historic action books. He is most famous for his Sharpe novels but he has also written books set in the historic periods of King Arthur, the American Civil War, the 100 years war and Stonehenge.
'The Pale Horseman' is the second in a trilogy of books set in the dark ages of Alfred the Great as he fights against the invading forces of the Danes. We follow one of his fighters Ulthred as he works to become rich and powerful enough so that he can take back the land he had stolen from him as a child.
'The Pale Horseman' has some great battle scenes and the characters are quite well written (but not to the standard of other books by the same author). However, I can not get the feeling that the story is VERY similar to other books written by Cornwell. Essentially, since the excellent Grail trilogy (a career high point), Cornwell has written the same three books over and over again but set them in a different time period.
I enjoyed the Harlequin trilogy, as I am enjoying the Viking trilogy, but due to feeling like I have read similar too often, this book can only be deemed average.
A good read for a Cornwell fan but he seriously needs to consider reviewing his writing style soon before everyone grows bored.