The Pale Horseman (The Last Kingdom Series, Book 2)

Paperback | July 8, 2007

byBernard Cornwell

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The second book in Bernard Cornwell's epic and 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.When peace is torn apart by bloody Danish steel, Uhtred must fight to save a king who distrusts him.Skeptical of a treaty between the Vikings and Wessex, Uhtred takes his talent for mayhem to Cornwall, gaining treasure and a mysterious woman on the way. But when he is accused of massacring Christians, he finds lies can be as deadly as steel.Still, when pious King Alfred flees to a watery refuge, it is the pagan warrior he relies on. Now Uhtred must fight a battle which will shape history - and confront the Viking with the banner of the white horse .Uhtred of Bebbanburg's mind is as sharp as his sword. A thorn in the side of the priests and nobles who shape his fate, this Saxon raised by Vikings is torn between the life he loves and those he has sworn to serve.

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The second book in Bernard Cornwell's epic and 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.When peace is torn apart by bloody Danish steel, Uhtred must fight to save a king who distrusts h...

Bernard Cornwell worked for BBC Television for seven years, mostly as a producer on the Nationwide programme, before taking charge of the Current Affairs department in Northern Ireland. In 1978 he became editor of Thames Television's Thames at Six. Married to an American, he now lives in the United States.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pagesPublished:July 8, 2007Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:000714993X

ISBN - 13:9780007149933

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Much of what is now England has fallen into Danish hands. Alfred, king of the last English kingdom, allies himself with Uhtred, and together, they work towards defeating the Danes in an unforgettable battle at the end of the book. When I read The Last Kingdom (the book that precedes this one), Uhtred had been young for most of the book, except towards the end, when he had been fighting in a shield wall (or some battle, if I recall correctly). He hadn't seemed exactly the most innocent and moral of characters, but he was alright. In this book, Uhtred is now a 20-year-old man and his vicious, immoral personality came as a shock -- not necessarily a negative one, but just an unexpected one. It didn't bother me or anything -- in fact, I thought it was a good thing because I didn't think I'd want to read about a goody-goody protagonist anyway. Still, that doesn't mean that there weren't times when I felt like smacking Uhtred across the face and finishing him with a kick in the groin. Anyway, the book was easy to follow, except for the names -- they were all foreign to me, and because of that, I was a little confused between the other kingdoms and their Ealdormen. Nevertheless, that didn't diminish the goodness that is this book. The writing is so vivid, I loved every bit of it! I can't wait to dive into the third book!
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 3rd time of reading. Says it all Truly fantastic this is the third time i have read the book. Roll on the next instalment cant wait for the tv series also
Date published: 2015-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Last Kingdom I really enjoyed this book and could not put it down and cannot wait for the next one in this series great work as always from BERNARD CORNWELL
Date published: 2015-01-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Pale Horseman Very enjoyable. The battle scenes are very well written.
Date published: 2014-05-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Last Kingdom Good, quick and easy Read.
Date published: 2014-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pale Horseman I thought book one was fantastic, the Pale Horseman managed to surpass it. I am moving to book three in the series.
Date published: 2014-04-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The last kingdom A intimate insight of the viking age and the Anglo Saxon danish war
Date published: 2013-09-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Awesome historical fiction with a great main character and compelling plotline. The main character doesn't brood or overthink things, he just acts. The 1st person POV is used to great effect in this novel and I look forward to reading the sequel.
Date published: 2010-04-12

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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