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The Pagan Lord...or something else,
This review is from: The Pagan Lord (The Last Kingdom Series, Book 7) (The Warrior Chronicles) (Hardcover)
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)