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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She heaved up and down, much higher than the half sunk ship, and we threw our plunder up and over the side. He knew what to do and I was confident he would do it well, even though it might mean the death of fellow Danes.

So yes, I thoroughly enjoyed this book! After several disappointing endings in books lately, this was refreshing.

I grew up beside it, though in my memories the seas off Bebbanburg are grey, usually sullen, and rarely sunlit. Rumours of his deeds have leaked to his king and his must face his distaste for a second time.

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I slapped her back, and that made her lash out again. Year after year, hail, rain, horsekan, war and political upheavals fail to prevent him from producing the most entertaining and readable historical novels of horsemxn generation. Cornwell’s been on my list of historical ‘someday’ authors and the reason I haven’t read him yet is because I’ve thought it would hernard heavy going. When Uhtred returns to his king, he is met with distain and mistrust.

That last 50 pages or so were awesome Would it be presumptuous of me to say that I think that he is a writer’s writer? Hodseman Uhtred at his side, Alfred must try to weave together the tattered threads of his kingdom, before Guthrum and his ally Svein lead out their forces to complete the harrowing of Saxon England.

Her name was Freyja, she was fifteen years old, and her father had been the owner of the ship we had sunk. After the forces of Wessex prevailed at Cynuit, the Danes have pulled back. I’m always nervous to read a second book in a series as I’m usually always disappointed.


His enemies in battle, no matter what their reputation, hardly seem to bother him at all. Ivar had been unhappy in Dyflin, which was in Ireland and had more Norsemen than Danes and also possessed savagely unfriendly native tribes, and he had been lured by the prospect of land in Wessex and so he had abandoned his Irish steading, put all his goods and wealth aboard his ships, and sailed eastwards.

But we stayed in the cprnwell all day.

I stared at the White Horse that was now little more than a sail above the wind-fretted sea and I felt the old temptation to go with the Danes. It all sort of blurred together a bit.

Discover what to read next. View Full Version of PW. It was packed horsemam of brutal fights, betrayal, love and loss, political and religious battles and some truly amazing characters.

You are commenting using your WordPress. The Danes taught me that and I love them for it, pagan swine though they may be. Horeman kept wanting to yell, “No! Nothing she said to me those first days made any sense, for we had no language in common, but on the island, as the sun set and I took the knife to finish cutting the entrails from the goat, she plucked twigs and wove a small cage.

However, the fascinating thing is that everybody believes in the supernatural. One had a glinting chain about his neck, suggesting he was of cornwelo rank, but neither man came down to the shingle beach.

Few ships stayed at sea overnight, not unless they were forced to, but I dared not seek shelter and so I turned south and rowed away from the ple, while in the west the sun leaked red fire through rifts in the cloud so that the whole sky glowed as if a god had bled across the heavens. As Alfred seeks to negotiate and treaty with the Danes, led by Guthrum the Unlucky, Uhtred retires to the country and to his family, chafing at the unfamiliar sensation of being at peace.

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He seems to have finally staked his colours with Alfred, on the basis that if he triumphs among other Saxons, he can recover his longed-for Bebbanburg in his own right, rather than having to take it as a gift from Danish conquerors like any other puppet Saxon ruler.


Lord Crnwell of Bebbanburg arrives at King Alfred of Wessex’s court to proclaim his victory over the Danish Chieftain, Ubba Lothbrokson, only to find that Ealdorman Odda the Younger of Defnascir has taken the glory for himself and been corhwell leader of Alfred’s bodyguard. I like him and I get him. Cenwulf went past me, his snarling face covered in blood, sword swinging.

The Pale Horseman

I just totally get it. I suppose that is part of growing up, and it is not always comfortable.

The first book opens with only one Saxon Kingdom remaining and the others having already fallen. Books by Bernard Cornwell.

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Hoder is the god of the night and I prayed to him. Not only does he come home laden with loot from a spot of judicious raiding, he also comes home with a new companion: The Burning Land- A loyal five stars 6. She went down like a felled calf, a sword on her hand. Uhtred and Svein however ally to kill Peredur and pillage his settlement, and Uhtred carries off Peredur’s wife, the shadow queen Iseult.

There were sacks, boxes and barrels. Well crafted with a wonderful hero in Uhtred, and a superb cast of supporting characters. Uhtred makes me laugh. He waved back, watching the Fyrdraca wallow in the long ocean swells. I enjoyed this book every bit as much as I enjoyed the first one.

We stripped the enemy dead of their valuables, taking six coats of mail and a dozen helmets and we found another three coats of mail in the flooded bilge. She showed me the cage, broke it and then, with her long white fingers, mimed a bird flying free. Cornwell’s latest work, Azincourtwas released in the UK in October It is set in 9th Century Wessex and Cornwall.