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- Publisher: HarperCollins; edition edition (4 October 2018)
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- Language: English
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War of the Wolf (The Last Kingdom Series, Book 11) Kindle Edition
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Praise for WAR OF THE WOLF:
‘Excellent … Cornwell is masterly’ THE TIMES
‘There can surely be no better writer of historical dramas than Bernard Cornwell’ DAILY EXPRESS
‘Brilliantly described … Cornwell’s many fans can only rejoice’ SUNDAY TIMES
‘Tight plotting, vivid action … great’ INDEPENDENT
‘Epic … thrilling’ COMPASS MAGAZINE
Praise for Bernard Cornwell:
'Strong narrative, vigourous action and striking characterisation, Cornwell remains king of the territory he has staked out as his own' SUNDAY TIMES
‘Like Game of Thrones, but real’ OBSERVER
'Blood, divided loyalties and thundering battles' THE TIMES
'A violent, absorbing historical saga, deeply researched and thoroughly imagined' WASHINGTON POST
‘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 Child--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Bernard Cornwell was born in London, raised in Essex and
worked for the BBC for eleven years before meeting Judy, his
American wife. Denied an American work permit he wrote a
novel instead and has been writing ever since. He and Judy
divide their time between Cape Cod and Charleston, South
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The Saxons have almost completed the dreams of Alfred the Great in creating a single country under one king in what we now know as England.
Uhtred rides again in this book under oaths he made and will not break regardless of the circumstances.
Cornwell is a great writer and he has not let us down in crafting fast paced, interesting an even exciting story. He knows how to build expectations.
Anyone could read this book even if they have not read the previous entries in the series. Having said those of us who have been with Uhtred since the beginning will really enjoy the depth and background and it’s nuances.
I really enjoyed this story. I winced and cheered, I got a lump in my throat and shed a small tear at all the appropriate junctures. Brilliant narrative, great characters, and giant canvas for a sweeping work of art.
Cornwell has done it again and Uhtred of Bebbanburg gets better with age.
I recommend it.
I will update this review when I am up to date with the series!!
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First this book. I absolutely love reading Bernard Cornwell and, having written everything of his that I can get my hands on, it's a huge body of work with just a very few 'mis-fires'. I always found it amusing that, having made Richard Sharpe as a black haired cockney, Cornwell changed the character to a blond man from Yorkshire as the TV series starring Sean Bean gained in popularity. He's done it again here as this series of novels started out as the 'Warlord Chronicles' and morphed into the 'Last Kingdom series' once the TV series got underway. Whatever it's called, I've loved every one of these and Uhtred has been one of favourite Cornwell characters from the outset.
This book is just as good as all of the others and, indeed, therein lies the rub. There are only so many ways that a story can be told that involves Uhtred going to war against overwhelming odds and still winning. This is the eleventh in this series and the plot line is getting a bit worn thin now. Also, Uhtred is getting much older and imagining him defeating much younger and stronger men in combat gets a bit more of a stretch of credulity. I do understand that Mr Cornwell takes huge pains to use Uhtred to express the real life historical events of the period, so each book takes the history of England forward in compelling fashion but, perhaps, a new 'hero' is now due. Even the viper-fast Finan is getting on a bit now.
These books, possibly, hold more interest for me as I live close to 'Bebbanburgh' and recognise most of the places involved in the story. And, of course, no one writes more compelling history than Mr C: he could write a tale of a trip to the dentist and his style would still keep me enthralled.
As well as having one shocking death in this book, a number of slightly lesser characters are also cleared out too. As always, the story ends by setting up the next book and, as an Uhtred addict, I'll be first in line to buy it.
Now to my second observation; a Kindle phenomenon that I haven't come across before. Bernard Cornwell is, arguably (but no argument in my opinion) the best historical fiction author around today. Every new book of his is trumpeted for many months in advance, with urgings to pre-order. But not this time. I didn't know that this book was published until it appeared, in hardback form, on the book shelves. And then there were the reviews. At first glance, the early reviews were terrible; purporting to show an overall assessment of some two stars at best. For a Bernard Cornwell novel!
But reading the reviews showed another picture. There seems to have been a campaign from a group to shame Amazon for the exorbitantly high price of this e-book by giving it a poor review rating. Whether you think that Amazon are utter bandits for charging so much for a product that is so cheap to make, or whether you understand that Amazon is a commercial company and will charge whatever the market will bear, is immaterial; my objection is that the reviewers should be reviewing the book, not Amazon. To do otherwise unfairly impacts upon the author. I haven't seen this sort of thing before and I hope that it doesn't set a trend.
For all of its minor flaws, this is an excellent book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm sure that you will too.
-An ever-thickening plot for Uhtred to stubbornly unravel.
-battle scenes bettered in their excitement levels only by those of Wilbur Smith, yet generally without the tongue-in-cheek elements meaning Bernard' s work delivers more credibility to the reader.
However, and firstly let me declare that Mr Cornwell's work (not exclusively but particularly Uhtred) has given me years of enjoyment and mirth...
The book lacks some it's better predecessors, notably to me in the following areas:
-Uhtred's hillarious dourness. He seems to be the only old mn in history to be far far less grumpy than his 20yr old self. War Of The Wolves contains hints at Uhtred reveling in his reputation as a wicked priest killer, yet he kills no priests, does no wicked work, and his softer side doesn't even seem to shame him by this stage.
-lack of Uhtred hero worship. To be fair, he's old now and has been for the last 3 or 4 books so his warrior prowess must be lacking to sustain any kind of credibility, and he still manages to succeed with the fairer sex at a similar age to Roger Moore's Bond so we can't knock him too much.
Inevitably Uhtred's one-on-one with his nemesis seems to be a thing of the past and BC book highlights from Sharpe to Derfel to Thomas of Hookton have always revolved around the inevitable duel.
This book just didn't set me alight like many of it's predecessors although I will buy them as long as BC writes them and still no doubt enjoy them too.
So, Uthred finally has Bebbanberg, only to be lured out so that the Evil Noreseman Skoll can take over Northubmbria. Along the way there's all sorts of intrigue involving Edward, King of most of England.
For me, there was a bit too much narrative around all the intrigues, made unfathomable due to all the interchangeable Aethels and Aelfs flying around. Which one is which? No idea. Focus on the main characters and the fighting, and you'll be fine.
More of a novel by numbers, going through the motions if that's not too many cliches, but I've read worse.
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But a good story none the less.
The facts are fantastic. Simon Sharma’s A History of England gives you a good look at these bloody times, in Fact form, and these fiction works make great stories of it.
I love these books, and the earlier video series as well!
By the end of it, my shawl's gone (and most of the whisky), my helmet and sword on and I am ready once again to go a viking!
If ever there has been a tonic for a jaded mood then Uthred is that tonic.
Every time I finish one of the books, my deadlift best seems to increase.
Uthred, the ultimate Pensioner Power!