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The new novel in Bernard Cornwell’s number one bestselling series The Saxon Tales, on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg.A fragile peace governs the kingdoms of Wessex, East Anglia, under the rule of the late King Alfred’s son, King Edward, and Mercia, under his daughter Aethelflaed.Uhtred, her formidable champion and greatest warrioThe new novel in Bernard Cornwell’s number one bestselling series The Saxon Tales, on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg.A fragile peace governs the kingdoms of Wessex, East Anglia, under the rule of the late King Alfred’s son, King Edward, and Mercia, under his daughter Aethelflaed.Uhtred, her formidable champion and greatest warrior, controls the northern parts from the strongly fortified city of Chester. But no one can prepare them for the storm that is about to descend…The Northmen, allied to the Irish, come in force under the cover of night, up the Mersey, perhaps to attack Chester, perhaps to rage and pillage through Mercia, perhaps to take the troubled kingdom of Northumbria. They are led by the terrifying Viking warrior, Ragnall Iverson, a fierce fighter and ruthless leader.He and his army are formidable enough but worse still, his brother is married to Uhtred’s daughter. With his passionate determination, Uhtred will stop at nothing to take back his corner of Northumbria and secure the future of Bebbanburg. But for Aethelflaed and the Mercians, doubt must arise to where his loyalty lies.In the struggle between family and loyalty, between oaths given and political demands, there is no easy solution. And the clash between the Vikings and the Saxons will resound across the land....

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Warriors of the Storm Reviews

  • Jason Koivu
    2018-11-24 11:39

    Dashingly handsome Uthred of Bebbanburg's life story vikings along in Warriors of the Storm, the ninth book in the Saxon series. First off, Uthred is never described as being handsome in the books. That is a tv fabrication. Okay, I just needed to get that out of the way.Anywho, this is a serviceable book that continues the saga admirably. It's not anything special. No major historically related events take place. It's more personal. In fact, at one point Uthred has to rescue his daughter and son-in-law. It does feel like maybe Bernard Cornwell is wrapping things up. A prominent character from earlier books bites the dust, and when that begins to happen the end is often nigh. However, we're talking about an author who's learned his lesson about rushing a good thing along just to get to the end. With his Sharpe series, Cornwell ended up going back and writing prequels because a tv show had developed and fans clamored for more. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Saxon series double in size before he's done with it. However, it probably should've already ended. I mean, at this point it feels like he's having to pull out of his ass new ways to get Uthred into hot water. Having said that, if he does keep putting out more and more of these, I will keep reading them. It's enjoyable stuff and I'm fully invested in the characters. "Please sir, may I have some more?"

  • Vagner Stefanello
    2018-12-13 06:35

    Review in Portuguese from Desbravando Livros:Essa resenha contém spoilers dos livros anteriores.Como já é de praxe, no momento em que o autor Bernard Cornwell lança um livro novo das Crônicas Saxônicas/Saxon Stories eu já vou correndo atrás e tento ler o mais cedo possível, já que essa é minha série favorita e Uhtred de Bebbanburg é o personagem que mais gosto. O único problema depois disso tudo é ter que esperar mais um ano pela sequência, mas faz parte. hahahaDepois de defender a fortaleza de Ceaster contra os ataques dos noruegueses liderados por Sigtryggr no final do volume anterior (O Trono Vazio), Uhtred e seus guerreiros têm uma nova ameaça à frente: o irmão de Sigtryggr, Ragnall Ivarson, um viking poderoso e que comanda única e simplesmente pelo medo (Kjartan 2), pronto para saquear as terras da Mércia e atrapalhar o sonho do já falecido Alfredo de juntar os reinos existentes e formar a Inglaterra que ele tanto queria."Ragnall Ivarson. Eu nunca me encontrei com ele, mas eu o conhecia. Sabia de sua reputação. Nenhum homem navegava melhor um navio, nenhum homem lutava mais ferozmente, nenhum homem causava mais terror. Ele era um selvagem, um pirata, um rei de lugar nenhum."Velhos conhecidos aparecem e temos alguns dos seus destinos selados. Pessoas que eu nem lembrava direito onde estavam e o que faziam, mas que entraram no caminho de Uhtred por bem ou por mal e o nosso saxão terá negócios para resolver. Negócios sangrentos, digamos assim.As descrições das paredes de escudos estão fenomenais, como sempre, e foi exatamente nesse quesito tão importante que o autor apostou para retomar a excelente narrativa do 7º livro, O Guerreiro Pagão. Narrativa essa que acabou se perdendo um pouquinho no seguinte, que acabou não sendo um dos melhores volumes da série. Warriors of the Storm não tem esse problema e os leitores podem ficar tranquilos quanto a isso, já que a carnificina rola solta e desenfreada por aqui."Trinta passos, vinte, e você pode ver os olhos dos homens que tentarão te matar, e ver as pontas das lanças, e o instinto te diz para parar, apertar os escudos. Nós nos contraímos durante a batalha, o medo enterra suas garras em nós, o tempo parece parar, há silêncio mesmo que milhares de homens gritem, e naquele momento, quando o terror ataca o coração como uma besta enjaulada, nós devemos nos jogar para dentro daquele horror. Porque o inimigo sente o mesmo. E você veio matá-lo. Você é o demônio dos seus pesadelos."Tive algumas sensações nostálgicas durante a leitura, relembrando bastante do Uhtred lá dos 2-3 primeiros livros, que desobedecia todo mundo e fazia o que bem entendia. Dessa vez, novas ordens não são cumpridas e elas acabam trazendo algumas consequências. Tudo pela família, diga-se de passagem. Só que dessa vez Uhtred é um senhor da guerra, experiente, com reputação a mente, com pessoas a seu serviço e que dependem da sua palavra, e qualquer ameaça à sua família, por menor que seja, é considerada um ultraje sem precedentes e não deve jamais ser ignorada."Eu o faria gritar e assistiria enquanto sangrava, cortaria sua carne fresca em pedaços antes de me preocupar com Æthelflaed. Isso era pela família. Isso era por vingança."Outro que é sempre bom ver por perto é Finan, que Uhtred conheceu há muito tempo no período em que era escravo. O irlandês é um lutador exímio e deixará sua marca em combates singulares.Um dos pontos importantes a se destacar é a grande evolução de Uhtred ao longo de toda a série. Agora mais velho, com quase 60 anos, ele não tem o mesmo físico de antes e não tem como ser o primeiro cara a pular uma muralha, é mais lento que muitos dos seus adversários, mas compensa os seus defeitos com a sua experiência de anos na primeira linha das paredes de escudos dos saxões.Muitos por aí dizem que ele é apenas um personagem com a profundidade de uma poça d’água, mas enganam-se ao não notar que as suas preocupações ao longo dos livros mudam constantemente, além de ter sempre aquela questão de gostar mais dos dinamarqueses do que dos próprios saxões.As piadinhas com os padres continuam e são sempre hilárias, disso o leitor jamais poderá reclamar."Você é cristão?""Mas é claro!""Você acredita em milagres?" eu perguntei, e ele concordou. "Então é melhor você pegar os seus cinco pães e dois peixes," continuei, "e rezar para que o seu deus miserável providencie o resto."Repleto daquele humor irreverente e das batalhas que tanto amamos ver nos livros de Bernard Cornwell, Warriors of the Storm é leitura obrigatória para todos os fãs das Crônicas Saxônicas e deve ser feita o quanto antes. O destino é inexorável, diriam alguns, e Uhtred parece estar se aproximando cada vez mais de Bebbanburg, a fortaleza na Nortúmbria que é sua por direito.A edição brasileira do nono livro da série só deve chegar ao Brasil no 2º semestre de 2016, mas até lá temos o seriado baseado na série e que a BBC está produzindo. Intitulado The Last Kingdom, iniciou-se em 10 de outubro. Recomendo fortemente que todos vocês assistam o quanto antes!

  • Markus
    2018-12-01 09:19

    A much more interesting book than The Empty Throne, the wonderfully titled Warriors of the Storm only took me a bunch of hours on a plane to read.After securing the future of Mercia, Uhtred and his allies turn their eyes northward, towards his old homeland of Northumbria. The Saxon kingdoms are in their strongest position yet, with both Mercia and East Anglia on the verge of liberation from the invading northmen. Awaiting him in the north, however, is a grand convergence of enemies both new and old. And a man who dreams of uniting Britain under Norse banners.This ninth book of the Saxon Stories brings back a lot of the good things from the earliest instalments of the series, from characters and locations to the style of presentation. It's very encouraging to see that Cornwell still has his entire repertoire of skills as we move inevitably towards a final conclusion.

  • Sarah
    2018-11-13 08:40

    Price drop: $1.99 in the Kindle Store today!This is (I think) the 9th book in the Saxon Stories series. I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite of Uhtred's tales. This one is probably in the top three.It was a little different from his usual stories. My one gripe with Uhtred has always been that he has always answered to someone. He has never been truly free to do as he pleased. Sometimes he has worked outside the rules to the displeasure of his rulers, but he's never just done as he pleased. In this book, Uhtred did exactly what Uhtred wanted to do and knew needed to be done. It was SO refreshing. The book ends with Uhtred's retirement to take care of his business in the North. While I can't wait to see his triumphant return to Bebbanburg, I'm also a little sad to know it's coming to an end. He is easily one of my all time favorite fictional characters.

  • Terri
    2018-12-13 05:44

    It has been a long time between drinks for me and, after a couple years since the last time I had read a book in this series, boy, it sure was good to be back drinking from the well of Bernard Cornwell's Uhtred. I've missed the big guy, with all his scorching, sardonic quips and his unabashed mocking of just about anybody, he is a big personality to endure, and I endure him with such delight and immense gratitude.Rarely does a character, consistently, make me smile and laugh out loud as much as Uhtred Uhtredsson of Bebbanburg. He is a character to be enjoyed and can carry these books and their stories on his back alone. No other character can compete and, thankfully, Bernard Cornwell never lets them. His Uhtred takes centre stage at all times. And most especially so in this book. Number nine in the series.These books are stand alone. Cornwell always reiterates important back history so that people who are reading them as a stand alone, or who read the series but need a refresher, can follow along fairly seamlessly. If you do read the series, however, this book has a lot of closing chapters in it. With characters you have known for many, many years, leaving the series for good. I will not tell you who they are, so as not to spoil things, but like or loathe them, it is always a little sad to see characters that we have gotten to know over many years, finally become no more.We even learned a thing or two about Finan in this book. His storyline was fascinating to follow and it felt like another loose end tied up. But, Uhtred is on to new chapters in his life, including, in maybe only a few more books, the end of his own story and the passing of an era, so it is expected to see some loose ends come together. It makes no sense to weave them to their conclusions in the last two books. That would be rushing it.Warriors of the Storm turned out to be one of my favourites of the series. I loved it from start to finish. It could be because the leave taking of a few lingering characters from earlier books left me feeling sentimental. It could be because I did have a break for a couple of years and completely forgot how much I enjoy these books. Or, it could simply be because the book was a bloody good read. I am thinking it is all three, but in saying that, without the first two, I would still regard it highly and recommend to others based on nothing more than it being that good read. The former two matter little when it comes to me thinking of recommending it.With battles and strategies, twists and turns (that you may or may not see coming), short journeys, some seafaring, some nostalgia, Christians who were tolerable for a change and Danes like we love them, brutal, blustery and bombastic, this was an entertaining, well paced read, that made me want to read it all over again as soon as I'd finished it.

  • Ace
    2018-12-09 07:24

    Edit: April 2016 Just finished listening to this one, cannot wait for the next book!May 2015 - Eagerly awaiting this book, I was in two minds about its potential, book 9 in a series, it’s a hard task to keep to your story and maintain the thread of characters but I had nothing to fear!England is full of rich history, and I’m glad to be reading it through this series. Another winner for the Saxon Stories. Bernard Cornwell has delivered a for me a 6 star read about one of my favourite characters, and I’m a happy little vegemite today!

  • Murf the Surf
    2018-11-15 05:35

    Riders on the Storm!Hey, I'd bethought that clever maxim all by myself, he he. Utred is on the roll again and as before he wishes to uphold the Christian realm of Alfred whilst praising Odin and Thor, bemoaning the evils of the Nailed God. Maybe all these testosterone fueled animosities towards Cornwells strict Episcopal upbringing seems a bit silly at times, but it is truly an enjoyable read. I can't believe that I've made it through book nine already. You see I have a great weakness for all things medieval and dark. It's a childhood passion I've had since I'd lived in Sicily and Denmark in my boyhood. America is just a baby when it comes to holy wars and bloodshed. We've not drank from the bitter cup of war often, and it amazes me how bloodthirsty this new administration is gearing up! This is a book review, so I'll behead my political Cornwell fed moralizing. Book ten looks enticing. The story of England’s making is blood-drenched. Eventually the Northmen (Danes and Norse) will intermarry with the Saxons, but so long as the two sides compete for ownership of the land, then war will continue. Uhtred has marched from Wessex in the south to the northern borders of Mercia. He has farther to go, so he will march again. Peace, and please take some time to spread love around, Murf

  • Andy
    2018-11-23 11:44

    Crashed through it in 2 days & was a great ride & thoroughly cleansed my mind’s eye of the sad whimp of a boy that portrays Uthred in that appalling BBC show The Last Kingdom. Uthred is now older although an age not given & enjoyed the new characters immensely, as well as some old ones, which really did catch me unawares. A really quick read as your drawn into this page turner & truly back to the form of the first few books in the series for me.What’s more to say! 5 stars as it delivered.

  • Bart
    2018-12-06 06:33

    ***Actual rating: 4,75***I've read the whole series this year, so it's easy to say I love these books. Some are better than others though. I rank this book among the best. It has all ingredients for a classic Uhtred story: full scale battle, Uhtred at sea, Uhtred vs priests, plot twist, one-on-one battle. I strongly recommend this series to all readers of historical fiction and fantasy.

  • S.J.A. Turney
    2018-11-30 05:15

    For years friends of mine have raved about Cornwell’s Uhtred novels, and I have intended to read the series at some point, but never seemed to find the time. For the record the last Cornwells I read were the Sharpe series back in the day and, though I think I tired a little of the series towards the end, I remember the earlier ones as some of the absolutely best novels I have ever read.So when I had the opportunity to read an advance copy of the new Cornwell, I had to say yes, didn’t I. I did wonder whether I would really be able to get into the novel, being as it’s book #9 and I have yet to read 1 to 8. No need to worry. From the very first page I remembered why I loved Cornwell’s writing. Warriors of the Storm opens straight to the action, dragging the reader right in. It is filled with the smooth, almost effortlessly absorbing prose that I remember being Cornwell at his best. The descriptive is full and rich, the moments of light-hearted humour beautifully worked.Set in the early 10th century, the Last Kingdom series is a strange milieu to me. The Dark Ages is a curious era, full of change and uncertainty. A mish-mash of cultures struggle to dominate Britain, from the Saxons and Danes to the Celts and the Scandinavian vikings, many of whom are by this time based in Ireland and Scotland. As a Roman historian, I am to some extent at a loss with 9th-10th century Britain, so this is fresh unfamiliar ground.However, the bulk of this tale is based in an area I know quite well, that being Chester, the Wirral and surroundings, and to rediscover a place with which I am so familiar (I spend quite a bit of time reenacting there now and research a lot into Roman Deva), thjough in a whole different era, is fascinating.The book opens as a norse lord (Ragnall Ivarson) who has long been an enemy of Uhtred’s begins an attempt to conquer parts of England. Driven out of his previous territory, this lord and his army sail into the Mersey, which is held by Uhtred, and begin to move inland making a play for invasion and control, holding an ancient hill fort and bridging the river into Northumbria, where a vast supply of potential manpower awaits. Cue a desperate campaign to counter the growing strength of Ivarson, who is related to the English hero through his brother’s marriage to Uhtred’s daughter, so yes, politics is inevitably going to play as much a part here as battle.My friends rave about Uhtred. This is my first outing with him and, while he is a traditional hero with a particularly nice turn of phrase at times, I wouldn’t say there is much about him that makes him outstanding to me. That didn’t matter, though, because the supporting cast were so vivid and fascinating that I could deal rather easily without a deep fascination with the hero.Aethelflaed, the daughter of King Alfred who rules Mercia and Wessex, is impressive and powerful, with flaws and uncertainties that make her a far more vivid character than Uhtred. The priests Ceolnoth and Ceolberht were fun and memorable for all their small role, the bishop Leofstan was simply superb, and of Uhtred’s own cadre of warriors, the Irishman Finan was one of the most interesting.Of course if there is one thing for which Cornwell is noted it is his battles. He has a long pedigree of writing warfare across many eras, and this has over time granted him the ability to do so with pace and panache, never having to linger too much in the gory detail while delving deep enough to hook the reader and really create an impression of the horror, glory, and above all desperation of combat.The upshot? Great characters, well-written prose, fascinating locations and excellent battle scenes. The plot might have benefitted from a few extra twists and turns, but that is merely icing on a well-made cake. Warriors of the Storm dragged me in and kept me glued to the end. Well worth a read, and now I am shuffling books 1-8 back up in my pile.

  • The Shayne-Train
    2018-11-25 08:34

    One of the standout best entries in a series full of near-perfect novels.Uhtred is back, and kicking Norseman ass like nobody's business. Nerve-ravaging midnight sea-crossings, daring fortress sieges, sorcerers of both pagan and Christian magic....plus the long awaited backstory of Finan, Uhtred's quick, deadly, and loyal Irish best friend.I don't think I'll ever find a series of books I enjoy as much as this series.

  • ScottHitchcock
    2018-12-07 08:18

    3.5*Uhtred kills some Danes, bullies some priests, mocks the nailed gods, defies Etheldred......we do lose a couple of old "friends" in this one.

  • Tosh
    2018-12-04 08:40

    5+++ stars! I’m in serious need of a re-read for the whole series, but I’m pretty confident I can claim this is one of the best so far. Unfortunately, I couldn’t keep myself from spoilers so most of this review, if you can call it that, will be behind the spoiler tag. (view spoiler)[First, it was nice to see Finan get a spot in the limelight. He’s always been a faithful oath man and friend to Uhtred, and I’ve liked his character since their captivity on the slave ship, but his badassery is given its own special spot in this book and, man, is it a breathtaking moment. He’s finally put face to face with his former life, and the events that result affect me on two levels. The incident at the beginning of the book was terrible. He didn’t even know if it was his son! I can’t wrap my head around that kind of passionate anger. But the confrontation with his brother was spectacular.I knelt beside him and called him by his old name. “Uhtred? Uhtred!”Tell me that didn’t choke you up a little. So Uhtred does have a heart. I knew at some point he’d be confronted with the relationship between himself and his oldest son. When he disowned him for becoming a priest I was pretty upset. I thought What a horrible father! But, he never claimed to be a good one, and I know how much he hates priests. In the heat of his disappointment and anger he rejected him, but I hoped that time would bring Uhtred’s deeper feelings to the surface. No one could have imagined they would reunite under these circumstances, and fatherly affection might be asking too much, but now I can rest easy knowing that my favorite character doesn’t have a heart of stone.Finally, Haestan gets his comeuppance!!! I was sure he’d squirm his way out of trouble again, but he wasn’t clever enough this time. Very satisfying! I love how Uhtred is setting Aethelstan up for the crown, regardless of his father’s intentions. Clever bastard!I knew Brida would eventually stir up trouble, but I wasn’t sure in what capacity. I held a tiny sliver of hope she would rekindle the friendship with Uhtred, but again, asking too much. Uhtred created a true enemy there. After what she did to those poor girls and all those Christians, I can’t really feel any remorse for her. She was a twisted woman, and she got what she deserved. I’m just glad to see Stiorra be the one to give it to her.Speaking of Christians. If you’ve read the series, you know Uhtred is no lover of Christianity, and especially priests, but time and again he helps their cause (yes, his motives are self-serving but he’s still doing their work), and seems to find the rare good person among them…something that I find fairly satisfying. Conversely there are plenty of bad apples, and it’s no surprise when a horrible person misrepresents their claim. (I’m speaking of Mus in this book, but she’s just one of many in this whole series.) I don’t always find these revelations easy to stomach, but I try to keep in mind that there will always be those who have claimed to be something they weren’t, used the Bible or God to excuse their actions or gain power, or promoted practices which were not at all in line with what the Bible teaches. The author isn’t religious, so he isn’t afraid to point out these hypocrisies, but I’m thankful that he places a few little gems in the muck. It’s no surprise Uhtred sees the good in them, and that’s another small satisfaction for me. (hide spoiler)]It would be wrong not to mention Aethelflaed at some point, because I’ve failed to with the previous books. I did a little research, and historically, what little is known about her is amazing. She was a strong leader to the Mercians after her husband’s death, keeping the Danes in check and maintaining an alliance with her brother, King Edward. She even earned herself the title “Lady of the Mercians,” because of her military decisiveness and leadership. I’d like to believe that the author’s portrayal of her is accurate. He did a fabulous job of making her a strong, intelligent, stubborn woman, one who could not only plan and defend her borders, but put up with Uhtred’s crap. I don’t typically find many female characters that I’m drawn to in books, but she is one of my favorites. So much always happens within the relatively few pages of these books. They feel much meatier than they are. Not a page ever seems to be wasted. If you have yet to start this series it is a must read!I will never bore of Uhtred!! Keep’em coming Mr. Cornwell.

  • Dawn
    2018-12-02 06:44

    I find that the books in this series where Uhtred is not left with time to feel sorry for himself are always the better ones. This book has him on the go and attacking from beginning to end. All three of his children are part of the story and I like the family man version of Uhtred we get to see because of it. There is no doubt that this is family, warrior style, but still, it gives a more rounded version of this character rather than just the fire breathing, battle hardened, christian hating, morose man we usually read about.

  • Krista Baetiong Tungol
    2018-11-20 05:26

    Ah. I honestly thought this book is the final installment of the series worthy of my sleepless nights and 5-star reverence, but it’s clear now that we’ll still see more of Uhtred and his battle-filled excursions in the future (and in a few more books, too, perhaps?). And reasonably so, as he still has a would-be king to mentor and a beloved fortress to recapture!Well, my only wish is that we won’t have to wait long for his next story to come out.

  • StoryTellerShannon
    2018-12-09 12:22

    It's more blood and thunder as Uhtred continues to fight for Wessex while thirsting for his ancestral lands.There's fighting and more fighting, particularly against the Irish and the Norse. Some interesting landscapes for fighting and maneuvering this time around.In some ways this is a repeat of some of the older books but if you love Uhtred as I do then you'll forgive the author. OVERALL GRADE: B to B plus.

  • Rob
    2018-11-23 08:14

    Executive Summary: I'm still enjoying this series as can be inferred from my rating, but I'm eager for things to reach a conclusion soon.Full ReviewThis was another quick easy read. It doesn't really stand out as anything special among the rest of the series, but still enjoyable nonetheless. Uthred is great and all, but what keeps me going in the series is some of the supporting cast. Finan, Aethelflaed, and most recently his kids.Uthred is getting old though. I'd like to see him finish up his adventures in another book or two. I only have 1 more left to catch up, and I don't think it's the last. I am starting to hope he doesn't keep dragging this out a bit longer. The ending of this book seemed to go by pretty quick. I was starting to wonder how things would get wrapped up by the end, or if they would be left on a cliffhanger. I was surprised at how well he did bring the book to a close.All that would make it sound like I didn't like the book, but I blew through it in only a few sessions. If not for getting busy in the middle, I'd have likely finished this in 3 days. Overall this was a solid entry in the series, that hopefully inches things a bit closer to the end, albeit not as much as I would have hoped.

  • Susan Johnson
    2018-12-05 09:28

    Sometimes a book series starts to go dull when you reach the 10th book but that is certainly not the case with this book. In fact, it's my favorite book so far and I have loved all of them. This has everything- a trip to Ireland, Uhtred's interactions with all three of his children, a reunion with his first love, magnificent battle scenes and an interesting prostitute named Mus who inspires an army. What more can a person ask for? There is just something magical about Uhtred. He was born a Saxon and raised to be the Lord of Bebbanburg. He was captured by the Danes, raised as one and is an ardent follower of Thor. Who can blame him? Thor seems like a delightful God and Valhalla a wonderful place to pass eternity. And the Saxon Christianity? Uhtred says he has seen people whip themselves until their back is strips of flesh, people limp on bleeding stumps to worship the tooth of the whale that swallowed Jonah and a man who hammered nails through his own feet. Uhtred says, "Why prefer a god who wants you to torture yourself?" Still he aligns himself with the Saxon Christians because his final goal is to reclaim Bebbanburg, stolen by his uncle. Uhtred is a brilliant military man who seems callous and has no trouble killing. Yet he is loyal and treats his friends and the men under his command well. He loves his children in spite of their very real differences. He is a man that others love to follow. He is a natural leader. In spite of his flaws, he is admirable. This book is a wonderful addition to the series. You can read it as a stand alone as there are plenty of explanations but long time readers, like myself, will enjoy the evolution of Uhtred. And there is an added bonus. The section about Mus is just downright humorous. I laughed so hard at her inclusion at the end of the story. This is a homerun for me and I only regret that I have to wait a year to catch up with him again.

  • Maria_Love_For_Books
    2018-12-05 08:15

    Bernard Cornwell did it again! Another masterpiece!Uhtred is getting older but he knows what he's doing and this book is a proof of that. This time the enemy is powerful and his family in danger. It's time to go to war...Again...Uhtred is a man driven by his passions... He has a passion for war, for women, for his land... In this story he is going to make some pretty big decisions and my opinion is that he did well... I can't get enough of him and I can't wait to read more! His story isn't an easy one... He is living in a time where everything is changing and no one knows it... A country is in the making and only one god is going to survive...But until then...Wyrd bið ful aræd...

  • Rebecka (is hilarious, shut up)
    2018-11-15 05:22

    *sees there's a ninth book coming* *proceeds to literally freaking the fuck out*

  • Beorn
    2018-11-17 10:22

    Instead of doing my usual forewarning of "You should really have read the previous books in the series" warning here, I'm going to open by saying that this is somewhat of a return to form for the series. It is rather eye-opening to the fact that the majority of Cornwell's best books are those with the most battles & set-pieces in them.There is plenty of action, bloodshed, an easily recognisable if completely one-dimensional and thoroughly under-developed bad guy to root against and lots of other stuff to get into here.There are still some significant flaws to be found though. For anyone that knows even the most remotest thing about British geography, it will be glaringly obvious that Cornwell has done virtually none if any research on the location of Chester - 'Ceaster' in the book, its shortened Saxon name - and how that directly impacts on the setup of the plot. Specifically, there is a river just as accessible as the Mersey but which, instead of taking the Vikings to abandoned no man's farmland, would have taken them to the far bigger prize of the fortress of Chester as the river flowed directly alongside the city walls at the time the story is set. It gets most obvious when the characters pontificate on what else they could have done to prevent the Vikings getting access to Mercia, while completely ignoring the elephant in the room, the river Dee.The villain, as alluded to earlier, is woefully underdeveloped and could quite as easily be lifted in or out of the book without even being noticed. He appears in the story so little that he may as well not even exist, he's that ephemeral. The minor supporting roles get more depth and characterisation to them than the person who is meant to be the chief antagonist!In comparison to the previous two, lacklustre, and dusty books - tellingly devoid of many, if any, battle scenes - this book still does enough to pack a wallop and be relatively enjoyable, though lacking that killer touch Cornwell is usually known for.If the villain, and said gaping plot flaw, had actually had more time and effort spent on them, this would easily have been a four star book. As it is, those drawbacks have meant I felt compelled to drag it down to a three out of five instead.A good, solid installment in the series though relatively utilitarian rather than compelling.

  • Ctgt
    2018-11-20 04:27

    It is not difficult to be a lord, a jarl, or even a king, but it is difficult to be a leader.Another entertaining if unspectacular volume in this series. A nemesis or two from the past come back to haunt Uhtred and he gets a bit closer to his ultimate goal of reclaiming Bebbanburg. But I must say I'm ready for this series to end. When the supporting cast is much more interesting than Uhtred, it's time to pack it in. Don't get me wrong there is still plenty of action and intrigue and the book was enjoyable but at this point the Uhtred story needs to wrap up.7/10

  • Kate
    2018-12-04 09:30

    Fabulous! Brilliantly written but, even better than that, it depicts the Saxon world as I want to picture it. What a warrior and hero Uhtred is! I'll say it again - fabulous!

  • Nate
    2018-12-13 06:17

    Uhtred's Never-Ending English Dark Ages Party rolls on, with predictably awesome and gory results. More to come.

  • Speesh
    2018-11-12 07:16

    Starting three years after The Empty Throne, that's a long gap, as I remember. Long enough for Uhtred to now feel Elder Statesman Uhtred. With the Elder Statesman mantle, finally comes the growing of 'a pair,' as they say. Uhtred deciding to say 'fuck this for a game of soldiers' and going all-in on re-taking Bebbanburg is what HE wants to do, and the Three Norns, so often used in novels set in this period to cover for not making a decision, be damned! It's a be-freeing feeling, not just for Uhtred, but also for us. Yeah, there are a couple of things to sort first, but after gathering the large part (you'll see) of his family around him, getting strong and throwing off the blah, blah, blah - he's on his way.There is a purpose and a direction often missing in Bernard Cornwell's Saxon Stories, Warrior Chronicles, Last Kingdom Series, whatever you call them, books. A good one, then a so-so. Or two. Still, a so-so from Bernard Cornwell is better than most other Historical Fiction writers' best. Yeah, there is some unwarranted hero worship of his work out there, but I'll give him his due, he may not walk on water, but he does deliver. There is a lot less of the formula feel to Warriors, it just feels better. More honest. More passion and feeling to the writing. More action too. Oh, and more Finnan. He’s a really good character and it's very interesting to get more of his backstory filled in here.What he also does particularly well in Warriors, is write about the waiting for battle, and the hours, minutes, then seconds before the two sides hit. I, and I suspect, Bernard C, have never been in such a situation, but if anyone can make a good stab, slash and cut at how it maybe was, then it's surely Bernard Cornwell in Warriors. Obviously, he's a pacifist, and he does a really good job of showing that most warriors are, in the few seconds before they hit the other shieldwall.He still likes his “And...” at the end of sections though, as with ‘battle joy’ ‘song of slaughter.’ I'm not sure he doesn't use ‘battle song of slaughter’ once. And while we're in Matthew Harffy territory...he mentions 'Bernicia,' as preceding Northumberland, and territory-wise, stretching up into Scotland. That might help you with Matthew H's increasingly excellent books, it does me.The best book blog on the web? Speesh ReadsNow a Facebook Page: Speesh Reads

  • Lucia
    2018-12-02 06:37

    Another very enjoyable read by Bernard Cornwell. I love Uhtred's military strategic thinking!

  • Lo9man88
    2018-11-12 07:15

    The sun smiled upon my weary soul in the day i picked this glorious series , in my book Uthred can do no wrong ,, it found me in a time when i read the best there is in fantasy and fiction and had begun despairing and losing hope, some garbage out there: i shudder to think of it .....Our hero in this novel faces a new threat: ironically the brother of his son in law , his daughter and his first grandchild are besieged in their fortress and are close to defeat and death so naturally Uthred disobeys all orders and reason and sail to Ireland to the rescue ...This novel has been a grand journey that ended with Uthred making queen and king of his daughter and her husband , a first love that turned sour , and a most fantastic unusual war cry : PussMan how hard i laughed , it brought cherished memories of my first h ......

  • Marko Vasić
    2018-12-01 08:37

    Formidable and exalted. Cornwell is real storytelling master. I enjoyed in every page this time. Craving for Bebbanburg persists, but also a few new tasks for Uhtred to fulfill. In "The Empty Throne" he helped lady Æthelflaed to reach the Mercia's throne. In "Warriors of the Storm" he did the same with new king of Eoferwic. Like in all other Cornwell's novels, psychological analysis of the characters is unavoidable. This time, he described Uhtred's relationship with his children - that behind petrified mask of his face, the poignant soul lives, who is very devoted to its children, no matter if its desires and ideals correlate or not with theirs. He stood behind them firmly.

  • Thiago d'Evecque
    2018-11-27 04:43

    Nosso pagão favorito retorna em mais uma sidequest a serviço do cristianismo. Dessa vez, uma questão familiar faz Uhtred se abster do serviço e irritar sua rainha, o que teve um tom nostálgico por lembrar do relacionamento que ele tinha com Alfredo, lá no começo da série.A subtrama com Finan foi espetacular. Foi muito bom ver o irlandês capiau e selvagem ganhar mais presença e desenvolvimento. Sua história também teve um toque de nostalgia pelas lembranças de quando serviu como escravo com Uhtred.O livro todo teve esse tom saudoso pra mim. Foi uma leitura maravilhosa, mas queremos o norte, Cornwell. Queremos Bebbanburg. Vovô Uhtred precisa descansar.

  • Michela
    2018-12-12 05:18

    Nada é mais frágil que a paz...