The Pale Horseman (Extract). I love the sea. I grew up beside it, though in my memories the seas off Bebbanburg are grey, usually sullen, and rarely sunlit. Outnumbered Saxon forces continue battling Danish invaders in this rousing sequel to the bestselling The Last Kingdom. It’s A.D. , and the. Buy The Pale Horseman (The Last Kingdom Series, Book 2) by Bernard Cornwell (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and.

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One cannot help but be swept along as Uhtred recalls his adventures in Wessex and the south west of England. Section 3 – Chapters Full Spoilers 18 18 Dec 23, Uhtred, his thd character, is a Saxon, raised by the Danes, who later is fighting with and against the Danes, depending on the circumstances.

The duel is cut short when Guthrum’s Danes attack and the crowd is scattered.

The Pale Horseman (The Saxon Stories, #2) by Bernard Cornwell

Open Preview See a Pqle You simply cannot find better historical fiction, especially about this time period. Rocks guarded the entrance, but once inside we were safe from wind and sea. His writing flows so well that the pages flew by, and I wasn’t even aware that I was r I enjoyed this book every bit as much as I enjoyed the first one.

It is where a warrior makes his reputation, and reputation is dear to us. Consequently, his greatest enemies are the priests of Alfred’s court. But we stayed in the cove all day. Time and money well spent.

The Pale Horseman: Bernard Cornwell

Tie those oars up! The battles are interesting without being dragged out too long. Well crafted with a wonderful hero in Uhtred, and a superb cast of supporting characters. Much of the first season seemed to heavily focus on the major events of this book rather than the one it’s named for. It is set in 9th Century Wessex and Cornwall. The crew was unlashing the oars and taking the plugs from the oarholes. Now married with a child at the bernarx of 21, he rode into battle to Cynuit and slaughtered the Danish leader, Ubba Lothbrokson.


She and Cornwell slept in the small black space beneath the steering platform, a hole screened by a cloak, and Leofric woke me there in the dawn, worried that the missing woman would raise the country against us. In time I would learn just how much she had hated Peredur.

Uhtred and Svein however ally to kill Peredur and pillage his settlement, and Uhtred carries off Peredur’s wife, the shadow queen Iseult. Unfortunately for me though, none of the plot developments were a surprise.

The five of them wander for a few weeks until they reach the swamps of Athelney. When Uhtred returns to his king, he is met with distain and mistrust. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Indeed, she carried so many people that her crew had not dared raise the sail for, though the wind was not heavy, it would have bent her leeward side dangerously close to the berard. As such, I’m not really sure what else to write.

After several disappointing endings in books lately, this was refreshing. This article does not cite any sources. Though what can Alfred truly expect?

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Best of all we had become rich and that knowledge was a consolation as night fell. This series is getting better and better!

We hoisted the sail fully and seethed past the two small, tubby boats tje so, for the first time, I came to the shore of Wales. It kind of felt like berbard reread. Cornwell was sent away to Monkton Combe School, attended the University of London, and after graduating, worked as a teacher. I have the next one in the s What a fun series this is turning out to be. They did not gain this reputation throughout history by being patient and loving of all men and women. Bernard Cornwell is a master!


This page was last edited on 16 Octoberat It was a treat to read. She heaved up and down, much higher than the half sunk ship, and we threw our plunder up and over the side. The water was up to my knees, and then I staggered and almost fell as the whole ship lurched and I realised we had drifted ashore and struck rocks.

The Pale Horseman (Extract)

I love historical fiction when it gets real like this. We had, after all, killed twenty or thirty Danes and the survivors were ashore where the Britons might or might not treat them well.

King Alfred thinks himself safe, but in truth the last kingdom of the Saxons is in grave peril It does not matter whether or not there are supernatural happenings–everybody believes in the supernatural, anyway. The water about our feet grew red. But it seemed too much of a template to get 5 stars.

Hoder is the god of the night and I prayed to him. I half fell as a wave tilted the half-swamped ship. Cenwulf and his men were behind me, and there we began the killing. But when he is accused of massacring Christians, he finds lies can be as deadly as steel. Bernrd feared the Church and the Churchmen. The description of Christianity in this book might be off putting for some, but I think it is an accurate portrayal of those times.

It sounds a good series, I guess I’d better start looking for copies!

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