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We are Danes, and we are Saxon, and we are warriors who love to fight In our halls at night we chant the tales of men we have killed, of the women we have widowed, and of the children we have orphaned So make your choice Either give me a new song to sing or else lay down your weaponsOh Uhtred, chaos and mayhem follows you where ever you go This far in the series and I m starting to question the decisions that Uhtred makes and the people he makes promises to Will he ever be happy, ever get what is rightfully his, ever really pick a side Born Saxon and raised Dane he really has no idea which side to turn to and he s a rouge, doing what he feels he has to and sometimes that s not in his best interest Now, lets talk about the Saxon side It gets harder and harder for me to like Alfred, and that s because of Uhtreds view of him Yes, Alfred is a great ruler, he has a vision of what he wanted for his country and to unite it all under one kingdom, but that doesn t mean he isn t ruthless and using Uhtred for that gain This is the biggest conflict for me in this series I like Alfred then I hate him and on and on Uhtred isn t any better, but I loves him PERIOD.What I enjoy most is the struggle at the beginning of what becomes a power nation and the tug of war between two religions and people Pagans vs Christians, Saxons vs Danes and trying to find a way to rid the country of these heathens It just shows how powerful Christianity becomes and the influence it has over the world This series just slipped into my favorites, I see myself rereading these years to come and I m only halfway through this journey We all know the outcome and who wins in the end, but I have to say that I m a Dane Uhtred, come to the dark side Danes , we have cookies Fast paced and engaging, this series is still keeping its charmWyrd bi ful r d Fate is inexorableI had a super long review written for this series but I deleted the document accidentally so let me share with you at least some major points to explain my reasons for loving this series so much Astonishing storytelling skills Bernard Cornwell brought 9th century England alive for me Unforgettable narrator Uhtred of Bebbanburg is unapologetic and ruthless yet lovable and admiration worthy character with brilliant military strategic mind He is a true hero Complex and fascinating side characters that you will love to come back to Constant philosophical battle between paganism and Christianity that depicts given period precisely Well thought out storyline and twists War and fight scenes are chillingly realistic I really felt like I was there with Uhtred, fighting every new enemy or being part of countless shield wars.All in all, The Warrior Chronicles Saxon Stories series all 10 available books is spectacular story with spectacular writing It is one of the best historical fiction stories I have ever read and it is the perfect example of how to write engaging historical fiction series that never get boring or predictable Moreover, I loved author s note at the end of every book where author explained which parts were based on historical facts and which parts of his novel he made up RECOMMENDED #READ E-PUB ô The Burning Land å The Enemy Is Massing On The Borders, A United Force For OnceThe King, A Man Of Many Victories, Is In Failing Health, And His Heir Is An Untested YouthUthred, The King S Champion, Leads His Country S Forces To War, But His Victory Is Soured By Personal Tragedy And By The Envy Of The King S Court So He Breaks With The King And Takes Off For The Land Of His Birth, Determined To Resist All Calls For His Return That Is, Until One Unexpected RequestThis Is The Making Of England Brought Magnificently To Life By The Master Of Historical Fiction If reading this series doesn t make you wanna scream like this then I just don t know what will The Burning Land continues Bernard Cornwell s bloodthirsty, battle heavy and viciously violent viking saga England is still broken up into pieces The Danes are threatening to overrun the land Saxon King Alfred later known as Alfred the Great was holding on to Wessex and holding out hope of one day uniting the entire country under his banner But needs the help of fighting men like our anti hero hero Uhtred of Bebbanburg.Though he s a pagan and acts like a Dane, Uhtred is actually a Saxon, who was raised by those viking Danes He reluctantly works for Alfred, even if the piously Christian king and all his self righteous priests get up Uhtred s nose He s a fierce, skilled fighter who doesn t mind getting his hands dirty and his nose bloodied It s what he s good at However, he doesn t like to be anyone s lapdog, so any chance he gets, he heads north to threaten the impregnable fortress at Bebbanburg, his rightful seat of power, currently held by his usurping uncle Cornwell is a dab hand at crafting this particular character You ll find him in the long running Sharpe series as the titular main character Cornwell is also quite adept at writing very exciting and highly realistic historical fiction You re in capable hands on both counts I especially like that he includes afterwards of real history information at the end of these books to let you know the true story behind the fiction In this one he admits to falsifying the character of a historical figure to fit his novel and goes on to give a recommendation for further and correct reading on said figure That s a conscientious writer for you The Burning Lands is a particularly tight volume in this series Each scene is meaningful and the action feels fast Any lapse in the forward progress is a joy to read as Cornwell does his best to paint vivid settings and to portray all, from Saxon to Dane, man to woman and peasant to King. This is the fifth book in The Saxon Stories by Bernard Cornwell I had listened to all of the previous books in the series in audiobook format This is the first one that I read in print I thought, before starting the book, that it would be dry because it was not being read by a narrator But, I was wrong The printed book is just as fun as the audiobooks I am always amazed by the ingenuity that Bernard Cornwell inserts into the situations that befall the main character of the book, Uhtred I have yet to be bored every chapter is entertaining and a joy to read.The characters all seem so human Sometimes they make wise decisions, while at other times they seem to be their own worst enemies For example, Uhtred is usually making very good choices and strategies when he has sufficient time to think it all out But when he is enraged, he can do the stupidest things I applaud Bernard Cornwell s imagination and his wonderful story telling ability The battles, the enmities, and the friendships are all told so well, it is quite amazing to me I highly recommend this series How satisfying it was for me when Uthred killed that phony priest and how disappointing that he didn t turn on Alfred and call the Danes to his banner the success is almost guaranteed, but if there is a weakness in Uthred it s keeping his oaths even when the other parties break theirs. I am sad to report I can only give this one 3 StarsI really had high hopes for my return to the world of Uhtred of Bebbanburg and England of the late 9th Century The good points 1 no one does a better battle scene than Cornwell and the battles here are pretty good 2 Cornwell really paints a grim picture of life and it always seems accurate 3 Cornwell skewers treacherous royalty and Christian priests with such skill yet also portrays some as brave and likeable.The bad 1 Uhtred is pissing me off He has such clever strategy and tactics when supporting King Alfred s goals yet is so stupid when it come to his own goals like recovering Bebbanburg or protecting his family 2 Uhtred pretty much meanders aimlessly between battles while moping about his fate 3 Just didn t feel like the story was much advanced with this one. My favorite of the first five books I did hope Uthred might finally free himself of Alfred for good but his children seem to be much to his liking. This one really surprised me I thought Uhtred was on his way to freedom but Norse Gods have something else set for him.. The gods are capricious, and I was about to amuse them And Alfred was right I was a fool The Mighty ThorUhtred, Lord of Bebbanburg, is an enigma He is a man without a country, not only because England doesn t yet exist in the 9th century, but he is also a man without a home His uncle took his position as rightful heir to Bebbanburg when Uhtred s father died He does still call himself Lord of Bebbanburg, but it is from exile in the South Uhtred is a Saxon, but he was raised by Vikings He learned to fight like them and he also learned to worship like them He wears a Thor s amulet and insists on maintaining his pagan ways even though he has sworn an oath to fight and protect the most pious of Christian kings, Alfred the Great Alfred was once a man who enjoyed a good feast and a dalliance in the bed of a pretty girl Osferth, his bastard son, exists because of one of those moments of pleasure He is a constant reminder, like looking in a mirror, of Alfred s days of illicit pleasure And then Alfred converted to Christianity.He is tedious in his devotion His knees are black and blue from hours of kneeling His voice is parched from hours of keening prayers His diet is feeble and bland He is a sickly king, but he is strong in his devotion to his GOD who he believes will always give him victory Uhtred would disagree Uhtred knows that Wessex still exists only because of his strong arm and his brilliant tactics on the battlefield Alfred knows this too otherwise why would he tolerate a pagan among his most trusted advisors Alfred is King of Wessex, not king of England As the North becomes saturated with and Northmen looking for land, women, and treasure he finds it and difficult to keep these pagan barbarians out of the Southern lands he commands His only defense is Uhtred and the inability of the Vikings to organize Similar problem to what the Native Americans in North America had issues with There is this constant push and pull between Alfred and Uhtred Alfred wants to build churches Uhtred wants to build fortifications Their religions are diametrically opposedOur gods prefer feasting They live, Uhtred They live and laugh and enjoy, and what does their god do He broods, he s vengeful, he scowls, he plots He s a dark and lonely god, Uhtred, and our gods ignore him They are wrong Frankly if Uhtred wants a future in England for his gods Thor and Odin he should put a sword through Alfred instead of working so assiduously to keep the King of the Christians alive An oath is an oath and once given it must be upheld The Vikings are amassing for yet another invasion of Wessex Alfred is sick and dying Uhtred is ready to escape North the moment Alfred breathes his last He still dreams of ruling Bebbanburg, but he will need treasure and men to do it A sorceress named Skade is with the Vikings She is a wild beauty who exudes a power over men that is detrimental to all Many women have mentioned to me who read Bernard Cornwell that he can t write a flesh and blood woman character to save his life His characterisations of women sometimes put me in mind of Michelangelo s statues of females who really look like men with breasts His female characters are split between those manly women, much prettier than the Michelangelo statues, who can fight and be one of the boys and the women that are serving as pleasure models or breeders Although with the character of Aethelflaed, Alfred s daughter, he might have an opportunity to write a woman that will finally depict a strong, capable, and thoughtful woman capable of ruling an empire Bernard Cornwell is a conduit to my memories of the many hours of pleasure I spent as a lad reading about lawmen with strapped down six shooters, sword swinging barbarians, and gat carrying gumshoes Cornwell is certainly a step up from the pulpy books of my youth He decided to write these books because he didn t feel that the British knew enough about the origins of their own country In the 9th century, with the emergence of Alfred, it is also the beginnings of an island country who will eventually rule the waves and will come close to ruling the world I m many, many books behind reading the prolific writing of Cornwell, but there is a comfort in knowing that when I need one there will always be a stack of new ones to pick from.