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Download Epub Format à The Last Kingdom PDF by Ä Bernard Cornwell This Is The Story Of The Making Of England In The Th And Th Centuries, The Years In Which King Alfred The Great, His Son And Grandson Defeated The Danish Vikings Who Had Invaded And Occupied Three Of England S Four KingdomsThe Story Is Seen Through The Eyes Of Uhtred, A Dispossessed Nobleman, Who Is Captured As A Child By The Danes And Then Raised By Them So That, By The Time The Northmen Begin Their Assault On Wessex Alfred S Kingdom And The Last Territory In English Hands Uhtred Almost Thinks Of Himself As A Dane He Certainly Has No Love For Alfred, Whom He Considers A Pious Weakling And No Match For Viking Savagery, Yet When Alfred Unexpectedly Defeats The Danes And The Danes Themselves Turn On Uhtred, He Is Finally Forced To Choose Sides By Now He Is A Young Man, In Love, Trained To Fight And Ready To Take His Place In The Dreaded Shield Wall Above All, Though, He Wishes To Recover His Father S Land, The Enchanting Fort Of Bebbanburg By The Wild Northern SeaThis Thrilling Adventure Based On Existing Records Of Bernard Cornwell S Ancestors Depicts A Time When Law And Order Were Ripped Violently Apart By A Pagan Assault On Christian England, An Assault That Came Very Close To Destroying England An outstanding novel set in England during medieval times in the year 866 AD The author introduces real historical figures Guthrum the Unlucky, Ubba the Horrible, and Ivar the Boneless, all fearless Dane warriors intent on taking over the English kingdoms They arrive in their magnificent ships outfitted with rich colorful shields, finely carved prows, sterns with ominous dragons and serpents, and mastheads painted with bold eagles A frightening sight for many townspeople who flee their homes trying to avoid the slaughter they knew would come The story centers on an English lad, Uhtred of Bebbanburg, a fervent believer in the spinners of fate As he follows the destiny he feels he cannot avoid, Uhtred is eventually caught between his loyalty to his country and unexpected love for the Danes An incredible read My name is Uhtred I am the son of Uhtred, who was the son of Uhtred and his father was also called Uhtred My father s clerk, a priest called Beocca, spelt it Utred I do not know if that was how my father would have written it, for he could neither read nor write, but I can do both and sometimes I take the old parchments from their wooden chest and I see the name spelled Uhtred or Utred or Ughtred or Ootred, and I look at the deeds which say that Uhtred, son of Uhtred, is the lawful and sole owner of the lands that are carefully marked by stones and by dykes, by oaks and by ash, by marsh and by sea, and I dream of those lands, wave beaten and wild beneath the wind driven sky I dream, and know that one day I will take back the land from those who stole it from me I felt like I needed to write a proper review for this book, if for no other reason than to tell every single soul that could possibly read the words I m writing that this is the absodamnlutely best series ever written within the genre of historical fiction If you re looking to start reading historical fiction and have little experience with the genre, read this If you re a longtime fan of medieval history and vikings and anything even slightly similar, read this If you re intending to only ever read one historical fiction series, pick this one Northumbria 866 AD Osbert, second in line to the castle of Bebbanburg, is ten years old For the first time since the infamous sack of Lindisfarne and the start of the Viking era, the barbarian Danes return to England to pillage and plunder to the full satisfaction of their greed Osbert s elder brother is among the first to fall to the swords of the wicked pagans And because of tradition set in stone among the great lords of Bebbanburg, Osbert must now give up his name for that of his dead brother From this day, he is known as Uhtred Uhtredsson Uhtred of BebbanburgThere s war between the gods, Uhtred, war between the Christian god and our gods, and when there is war in Asgard the gods make us fight for them on earth The Northumbrian army marches to take back the captured city of Eoferwic, resulting in a catastrophic defeat The lord of Bebbanburg is slain in combat, and young Uhtred is captured by the Danes He lives with the dangerous raiders from the north for years, and grows into adolescence under the watchful eye of Ragnar the Fearless Thus begins a tale of the Saxon who becomes a Viking Of the pagan who becomes a champion of Christendom Of a man whose loyalties are forever torn Of a man whose name is whispered in the ears of kings, is feared by warriors from all sides of the great war, and terrifies pious priests into making the sign of the Cross Thus begins the tale of UhtredPride makes a man, it drives him, it is the shield wall around his reputation Men die, they said, but reputation does not die Let s settle one thing here Uhtred of Bebbanburg is the best protagonist I ve ever encountered in fictional literature All the amazing protagonists in the genres of fantasy and science fiction can go hide in a corner when this guy is around His fierceness in both battle, love and faith has no match anywhere else, and his twin allegiances and friends on both sides of the main conflict turn him into a remarkably interesting person who is constantly doubting his own loyalty and identity.
That praise should say a whole lot about Cornwell s skills at characterisation, especially considering that Uhtred is not even my favourite character in this series But there are tons of great characters hidden in every chapter of the book From ruthless and bloodthirsty Norse warriors, to Saxon leaders with their ambitions exceeded only by their piety From pagan witches to scheming priests And from the lowliest of slaves on the Viking ships, to kings and princesses fighting for power All of those are to be found on the pages of The Saxon Stories, alongside so many.
But this series is also so much than the tale of Uhtred It is the story of cultures and faiths clashing violently Of the mythology and origins of one of the most powerful nations in history Of how England, a name not yet widely known, was united under one great kingdom.
Cornwell s eloquent writing style, the dramatic first person narrative, the magnificent early medieval setting, the most interesting and conflicted main character I have ever read about and historical realism gracefully and skillfully combined with masterly storytelling all of it adds up to a truly fascinating story of war, love and death in Anglo Saxon England.
I m going to say it one time this is my favourite series Do yourself a favour and read itWyrd bith ful araed Fate is inexorable The Last Kingdom, by Bernard Cornwell, is a triumph of a novel it is historical fiction at its finest Uhtred s story is as fantastic as it is gripping, and most importantly it feels realistic It s like I ve read a chapter of a man s life that could have existed, that could have been a part of history His character is just that well written.
The book begins with an aged Uhtred narrating his life to the reader He is full of a life s wisdom and a warrior s experience as he tells the adventures of his youth He looks back at the decisions he made with equal measures of regret and joy at his foolhardiness This is where the author triumphs most he tells the reader where his protagonist is going to end up, at the end of his life, and urges them discover how he got there But I am Uhted, son of Uhtred, and this is the tale of a bloodfeud It is a tale of how I will take from my enemy what the law says is mine And it is the tale of a woman and of her father, a king.
Uhtred is the second son of Earl Uhtred Consequently, as second in line, his farther wanted him to be a priest, which is a life Uhtred would never choose for himself After the death of his brother, his farther names him is heir and expects him to witness battle, which the invading Danish fleet provide His farther is killed in the battle and Uhtred captured by a Danish warrior called Ragnar It sounds all doom and gloom, except Ragnar is what Uhtred wanted his father to be He is a fearless warrior without religious restraints Further, and importantly, he shows Uhtred warmth Something his farther withheld It is no surprise that his would be captor becomes something of a role model to the growing warrior that is UhtredAnd that is how I met Ragar, Ragnar the Fearless, my brother s killer and the man whose head was supposed to grace a pole on Bebbanburg s ramparts, Earl Ragnar This leaves our protagonist in an odd situation He is an Englishman, but is living as a Dane So where do his loyalties lie These questions do not occur to Uhtred till he is a man grown and spent his youth as a Danish warrior He worships Thor and Odin and marvels at the Danish pride that is their magnificent ships The inner conflict that builds is tremendous We know where his path will eventually take him, and what side of the bloody shield wall he will belong on, but are clueless to how he will actually get there Suffice to say, I liked this book a lot Uhtred is a terrific protagonist This series, however, is not just Uhtred s tale It is the tale of how Alfred the Great conquered the Danish invaders and how Christianity further purged pagan beliefs it is the tale of how Uhtred, a very believable fictional warrior, helped Alfred eventually be considered great At least, that is the ending we know will happen and the ending we can t wait to see happen The Saxon Stories 1 The Last KingdomA fine five stars2 The Pale HorsmanA brilliant five stars3 Lords of the North A vengeful four stars4 Sword Song A familiar four stars5 The Burning LandA loyal five stars6Death of Kings A mighty five stars He was my king and all that I have I owe to him The food that I eat, the hall where I live and the swords of my men, all came from, my king, who hated meI do love this series What are your thoughts on the new television adaption This is a first person narration of a child who grows up as a Briton Saxon but is captured by Vikings, who are accurately called Danes He comes to love his Danish father and begins to appreciate their customs and battle lore, as well as becoming battle trained himself At the same time, though, his roots are with Briton, and, in the end, he joins with the future Alfred the Great, showing him how to defeat the enemy.
STRENGTHS 1 Vivid details of shield walls Think gritty and bloody 2 We get to meet Alfred the Great and his priestly advisors and witness the extreme religious views of his people 3 Danish customs and fighting techniques 4 Interesting interaction of the Danish tribal groups 5 First person narration has a good flow, making it a quick read 6 A relative good scope on the inter kingdom struggles between the Kingdoms of Briton and their inability to work together.
WEAKNESSES 1 First person if you don t like it and 2 A bit too gritty for the faint of heart.
ENJOY Some favorite excerpts below and then the grade breakdownPride makes a man, it drives him, it is the shield wall around his reputation Men die, they said, but reputation does not die That produced silence, except for the mutter of the interpreter talking to Ivar Then Ubba awoke, looked startled for a few heartbeats as if he was not sure where he was, then he stared at me and I felt my flesh shrivel for I had never seen a face so malevolent He had dark eyes and they were full of hate and I wanted the earth to swallow me.
He stared balefully across the encampment where men were drinking Do you know who wins battles, boy We do, Father The side that is least drunk, he said, and then, after a pause, but it helps to be drunk Why Because a shield wall is an awful place You can hear a shield wall being made The best shields are made of lime, or else of willow, and the wood knocks together as men overlap the shields Left side of the shield in front of your neighbor s right side, that way the enemy, most of whom are right handed, must try to thrust through two layers of wood I lunged Wasp Sting forward, and the Dane ran onto her point I felt the impact run up my arm as her tip punctured his belly muscles, and I was already twisting her, ripping her up and free, sawing through leather, skin, muscle, and guts, and his blood was warm on my cold hand, and he screamed, ale breath in my face, and I punched him down with the shield s heavy boss, stamped on his groin, killed him with Wasp Sting s tip in his throat Beware the man who loves battle Ravn had told me that only one man in three or perhaps one man in four is a real warrior and the rest are reluctant fighters, but I was to learn that only one man in twenty is a lover of battle Such men were the most dangerous, the most skillful, the ones who reaped the souls, and the ones to fear I was such a one STORY PLOTTING B plus to A minus CHARACTERS DIALOGUE A minus to A BATTLE SCENES A minus EVOKING THE ERA A minus OVERALL GRADE A minus WHEN read 2010 read thrice revised review February 2013 I had no idea what I was getting into when I read this book I d never read Bernard Cornwell All I knew was that it was a book about Vikings Anyway, I absolutely loved it And I became a permanent Bernard Cornwell fan I think Uhtred is one of my favorite characters of all time Yes he s mean, arrogant, and a bit of an antihero, but he s a full blooded character, and I felt like I really got to know him This book goes through Uhtred s childhood as a Saxon raised by the Danes, and after reading his childhood, I can understand his blood thirsty nature and his conflicted loyalties I m always a bit amused by Uhtred s grumpy disposition Cornwell has a way of bringing the Dark Ages alive with gritty realism, and he makes the reader feel like they are right on the battlefield, right there with Uhtred In fact, I ve actually become quite spoiled by Cornwell, because most historical fiction doesn t draw me in this well This truly is one of my favorite series of all time Whomp Whomp WHOMP Review to come.
Actual Rating 4.
A Review That Has Very Little to Do with This Book Sometimes you need a lot of book You know what I mean Those Fridays you come home, lie down on the couch, and resolve not to come back until Sunday afternoon You have vetoed faces and the spoken word The phone will remain unplugged except for the ordering of something greasy.
On these Fridays you have two options dissolve into a self pitying, gelatinous blob or turn to a lot of book You are not without survival skills You put stock in the usefulness of books They ve gotten you through weekends when you waited for the phone to ring, times when your flight s been cancelled, road trips with the family.
So, you know to turn to a lot of book.
What you don t need is Joyce stinking up the joint.
What you need on this weekend is something with a clean plot, a protagonist that will win, and somewhere to go far, far from here You need good historical fiction Miniver might push Ivanhoe, but let s face it, such nobility will exhaust you This weekend may I suggest the sword s song, and the whale s way, and the red dawn What you need is a series something that weighs in at 2,000 plus pages so there s no danger of running out Go ahead Follow the nose of the masses This series is a bestseller you can count on its opiate properties It ll get you through til dawn And Bloody Sunday.
I am Uhtred, Earl Uhtred, Uhtred of Bebbanburg, and destiny is everything.
Love, all I feel is love for this book It s like an epic love story but for a man who fought for what was rightfully his.
DefinitionLove, noun Pronunciation luhvA feeling of strong attachment induced by that which delights or commands admiration pre minent kindness or devotion to another affection tenderness as, the love of brothers and sisters.
Of all the dearest bonds we proveThou countest sons and mothers loveMost sacred, most Thine own.
Affection kind feeling friendship strong liking or desire fondness good will opposed to hate often with of and an object Love, and health to all Smit with the love of sacred song The love of science faintly warmed his breast.
All that and is what I feel about this book I don t know where I have been that I haven t read this sooner This blows all the books that I ve read recently out of the water I m actually thinking of going through and really thinking about the choices and ratings I ve made on previous books because of this book I have a real love for the characters, the world, the dialogue, the timeline and of the religion and mythology of these two worlds These two kinds of people clash to bring bloodshed, war and turning the world upside down I mean, I m still speechless, I still don t know what to say about what I went through reading this book It made me hate the Christians, and then I later disliked the Danes I was suppose to be on one side, but yet I couldn t see myself siding with what I know was right I couldn t decide if Uhtred should going back to the world he came from and if it was even a good idea I didn t want a people to influence this character because of their beliefs but for him to choose what he knew was right in his heart In the end I feel in love with Uhtred and his fight to survive and his cleverness and his will to get what he knew he deservedWar is fought in mystery The truth can takes days to travel, and ahead of truth flies rumors, and it is ever hard to know what is really happening, and the art of it is to pluck the clean bone of fact from the rotting flesh of fear and lies This is a tale that begins in 866 with Uhtred, who was the son of Uhtred and only 10 years old when he confronted and captured by Ragnar the Fearless Ragnar takes Uhtred into the lives of the Danes Now, he s not Ragnar Lothbrok but he s just as amazing and Ragnar Lothbroks sons make appearance I don t want to say any but there is family and unity, blood and gore, fighting and war and Uhtred is learning how to be the best he can and still take back what is rightfully his Blood on the grass now, so much blood that the ground was slick, and there were bodies that had to be stepped over as our shield wall thrust forward, leaving Brida and me behind, and I saw her hands were red because blood seeped down the long ash shaft of her spear She licked the blood and gave me a sly smile.
Ships on the winter Temes Ships sliding past brittle reeds and leafless willows and bare alders Wet oar blades shining in the pale sunlight The prows of our ships bore their beasts to quell the spirits of the land we invaded, and it was good land and rich fields, though all were deserted.
I have deep love for this book.
I have deep love for this story.
I have deep love for the writing.
I have deep love for the feels and the air it brings.
I have deep love for the way this book takes you traveling to a world that is sometimes forgottenShe was heavy, Serpent Breath, too heavy for a thirteen year old, but I would grow into her Her point tapered than Ragnar liked, but that made her well balanced for it meant there was not much weight at the blade s out end And there is magic in Serpent Breath Ealdwulf has his own spells that he would not tell me, the spells of the smith, and Brida took the blade into the woods for a whole night and never told me what she did with it, and those were the spells of a woman, and when we made the sacrifice of the pit slaughter, and killed a man, a horse, a ram, a bull, and a drake, I asked Ragnar to use Serpent Breath on the doomed man so that Odin would know she existed and would look well on her Those are the spells of a pagan and a warrior This book Love

Cornwell was born in London in 1944 His father was a Canadian airman, and his mother, who was English, a member of the Women s Auxiliary Air Force He was adopted and brought up in Essex by the Wiggins family, who were members of the Peculiar People, a strict Protestant sect who banned frivolity of all kinds and even medicine After he left them, he changed his name to his birth mother s maiden n