The Pagan Lord (The Last Kingdom Series, Book 7) by Bernard CornwellThe Pagan Lord (The Last Kingdom Series, Book 7) by Bernard Cornwell

The Pagan Lord (The Last Kingdom Series, Book 7)

byBernard Cornwell

Paperback | August 19, 2014

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The seventh novel in Bernard Cornwell's number one bestselling series on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg.BBC2's major Autumn 2015 TV show THE LAST KINGDOM is based on the first two books in the series.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.
Bernard Cornwell was born in London, raised in Essex andworked for the BBC for eleven years before meeting Judy, hisAmerican wife. Denied an American work permit he wrote anovel instead and has been writing ever since. He and Judydivide their time between Cape Cod and Charleston, SouthCarolina.
Title:The Pagan Lord (The Last Kingdom Series, Book 7)Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pagesPublished:August 19, 2014Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Tale of Uhtred! No! I really didn't want to finish this book. I tried to take my time. And I did. But this chapter of Uhtred's adventures had to come to an end - and what an end it was! It was funny how angry and bitter Uhtred has become. In the first chapter, he 'accidentally' kills Abbot Wihtred and disowns his eldest son because he wanted to become a priest (he renames him Father Judas and renames his younger son Uhtred). It was a hilarious beginning. After being banished from his home, Uhtred takes his men (there were fifty or sixty of them, I think) and attempts to recapture Bebbanburg from his uncle Ælfric. That mission might as well have been a suicide mission. As predicted, he fails, but, thankfully, he and his men manage to escape the slaughter while capturing his cousin's wife and son. I remember thinking how pointless that was for the story, until later. Turns out someone had spread rumours that Uhtred was finally killed in that futile attempt. The rumours helped Uhtred get information about the whereabouts of Cnut Ranulfson's army. When I was halfway into this book, I decided that I would probably end up giving it 4 stars, because not much was happening other than Uhtred not knowing where to go after being exiled from his home. I was kinda disappointed at first. But it certainly got better. The last 5 chapters redeemed the book and are definitely why I'm giving it 5 stars.
Date published: 2016-11-12

Editorial Reviews

Praise for THE PAGAN LORD:'Tense, powerful, compulsive' THE TIMES'Bernard Cornwell is always in full command of his material and The Pagan Lord provides his usual pleasures of a strong narrative, vigorous action and striking characterisation' SUNDAY TIMESPraise 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 ChildThis 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 TELEGRAPHThis is typical Cornwell, meticulously researched, massive in scope, brilliant in execution' NEWS OF THE WORLD