George V. Reilly

Review: Lords of the North

Lords of the North
Title: Lords of the North
Author: Bernard Cornwell
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Harper
Copyright: 2007
Pages: 317
Keywords: historical, fiction
Reading period: 5-6 April, 2008

Uhtred, a Saxon warrior raised by Danes and the right-hand man of King Alfred the Great, returns home to Northum­bria to settle old scores. Settle those scores he eventually does, but not before he is betrayed by a man he trusts and sold into slavery.

Cornwell is best known for his long-running series about Richard Sharpe, an officer promoted from the ranks in the Napoleonic Wars, and for his battle scenes. Here he proves that he can write about 9th century swordsmen as well as he can write about 19th century riflemen. All of his heroes tend to resemble Sharpe: grim-faced loners with their own sense of honor, who are deadly when crossed.

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