Sword Song

Sword Song Bernard Cornwell ranks as the current alpha male of testoterone enriched historical fiction This satisfying tale leaves you hungry for of Uhtred s adventures USA TodayThe year is and England is a

Bernard Cornwell ranks as the current alpha male of testoterone enriched historical fiction.This satisfying tale leaves you hungry for of Uhtred s adventures USA TodayThe year is 885, and England is at peace, divided between the Danish Kingdom to the north and the Saxon kingdom of Wessex in the south Warrior by instinct and Viking by nature, Uhtred, the dispos Bernard Cornwell ranks as the current alpha male of testoterone enriched historical fiction.This satisfying tale leaves you hungry for of Uhtred s adventures USA TodayThe year is 885, and England is at peace, divided between the Danish Kingdom to the north and the Saxon kingdom of Wessex in the south Warrior by instinct and Viking by nature, Uhtred, the dispossessed son of Northumbrian lord, has land, a wife and children and a duty to King Alfred to hold the frontier on the Thames But a dead man has risen, and new Vikings have invaded the decayed Roman city of London with dreams of conquering Wessexwith Uhtred s help Suddenly forced to weigh his oath to the king against the dangerous turning side of shifting allegiances and deadly power struggles, Uhtred Alfred s sharpest sword must now make the choice that will determine England s future.

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Sword Song

  1. 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 name, Cornwell.Cornwell was sent away to Monkton Combe School, attended the University of London, and after graduating, worked as a teacher He attempted to enlist in the British armed services at least three times but was rejected on the grounds of myopia.He then joined BBC s Nationwide and was promoted to become head of current affairs at BBC Northern Ireland He then joined Thames Television as editor of Thames News He relocated to the United States in 1980 after marrying an American Unable to get a green card, he started writing novels, as this did not require a work permit.As a child, Cornwell loved the novels of C.S Forester, chronicling the adventures of fictional British naval officer Horatio Hornblower during the Napoleonic Wars, and was surprised to find there were no such novels following Lord Wellington s campaign on land Motivated by the need to support himself in the U.S through writing, Cornwell decided to write such a series He named his chief protagonist Richard Sharpe, a rifleman involved in most major battles of the Peninsular War.Cornwell wanted to start the series with the Siege of Badajoz but decided instead to start with a couple of warm up novels These were Sharpe s Eagle and Sharpe s Gold, both published in 1981 Sharpe s Eagle was picked up by a publisher, and Cornwell got a three book deal He went on to tell the story of Badajoz in his third Sharpe novel, Sharpe s Company, published in 1982.Cornwell and wife Judy co wrote a series of novels, published under the pseudonym Susannah Kells These were A Crowning Mercy, published in 1983, Fallen Angels in 1984, and Coat of Arms aka The Aristocrats in 1986 Cornwell s strict Protestant upbringing informed the background of A Crowning Mercy, which took place during the English Civil War In 1987, he also published Redcoat, an American Revolutionary War novel set in Philadelphia during its 1777 occupation by the British.After publishing eight books in his ongoing Sharpe series, Cornwell was approached by a production company interested in adapting them for television The producers asked him to write a prequel to give them a starting point to the series They also requested that the story feature a large role for Spanish characters to secure co funding from Spain The result was Sharpe s Rifles, published in 1987, and a series of Sharpe television films staring Sean Bean.A series of contemporary thrillers with sailing as a background and common themes followed Wildtrack published in 1988, Sea Lord aka Killer s Wake in 1989, Crackdown in 1990, Stormchild in 1991, and Scoundrel, a political thriller, in 1992.In June 2006, Cornwell was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen s 80th Birthday Honours List.Cornwell s latest work, Azincourt, was released in the UK in October 2008 The protagonist is an archer who participates in the Battle of Agincourt, another devastating defeat suffered by the French in the Hundred Years War However, Cornwell has stated that it will not be about Thomas of Hookton from The Grail Quest or any of his relatives.

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  1. Uhtred is in his prime he has name and reputation, and he also has the youth and energy to complete his goals He is beyond tried and tested he is the master of his craft he is the mighty Uhtred and he is now a war lord to be feared I pity the man that crosses swords with him The shield itself, rimmed with iron, was painted with a wolfs head, my badge, and at my left hung serpents breath and at my right Wasp sting, and I strode towards the gate with the sun rising behind me to throw my long shado [...]

  2. So long as there is a kingdom on this windswept island, there will be war So we cannot flinch from war We cannot hide from its cruelty, its blood, its stench, its vileness or its joy, because war will come to us whether we want it or not War is fate, and wyrd bi ful r d Fate is inescapable The one thing I love most of this series is the beautiful writing Cornwell has such a way with words, how to twist them together to make these beautiful scenes even when its a horrible killing These warriors a [...]

  3. Wyrd bi ful r d Fate is inexorable I 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 Comple [...]

  4. Cornwell still hasn t let me down with this series The villains are still easy to hate and there were even characters I wholly liked Pyrlig is great The relative lack of major events in Lords of the North made it a slower read for me than The Pale Horseman, and although this one seemed still primarily focused on the smaller stories of Uhtred and thelfl d there was a ton of action and purposeful movement.I have to say that I m proud of Uhtred A whole 300 pages and he didn t commit a single brutal [...]

  5. Executive Summary Another great entry in this series, that seemed to be over before it started How can you not like Uhtred of Bebbanburg Full ReviewI ve never really been a big historical fiction fan before discovering this series I m not enough of a history buff to know what elements are true, and which are fictional Regardless this series continues to be fascinating and engrossing.Compared to many of the doorstopping fantasy books I tend to read, these feel minuscule by comparison So much happ [...]

  6. How frustrating After all the glowing reviews I have left on for the other books in this Saxon series the books that precede Swordsong , I find myself in a painfully awkward situation I had a genuine love hate relationshipwait love hate is too stronglet s go withke dislike, I had a genuine like dislike relationship with this book I liked it, yes indeed, but I didn t like all of it and I didn t always like the way it made me feel I want to try and expound on this, but it is kind of against my gra [...]

  7. Review in Portuguese from Desbravando Livros Ap s ver a sua rixa com Kjartan chegar ao fim, Uhtred acha que poder retomar Bebbanburg do controle de seu tio traidor Isso acontece nesse livro Mas claro que N O O autor Bernard Cornwell sempre nos reserva muitas surpresas e desta vez n o foi diferente Cinco anos se passaram desde a batalha em Dunholm e nosso protagonista levado Londres, onde os dinamarqueses, agora comandados pelos irm os Erik e Sigefrid Thurgilson, amea am invadir toda Wessex E enq [...]

  8. It is a testament to Cornwell s craftsmanship that I enjoy hanging out with Uhtred I know I should dislike him, he s vain, sullen, petty, often foolish, mostly brutal, and very occasionally, kind And yet I am fond of him I grimace when he falls for stupid tricks when he is vicious without cause I shake my head and smile when he tries to hide his real motivations from me with low cunning Uhtred is a very clever, very flawed and very human creation.So many writers of historical fiction feel the ne [...]

  9. An absolutely fascinating era in English history one where the tides could so easily have turned and left England as Daneland The historical place names and character names are pretty much real and add to the whole feel of the 9th century Where a sickly, extremely pious, but sharp witted prince becomes not only a king, when he was not directly in line to take the throne But becomes known as King Alfred The Great, despite his frail body and constant illness, and despite or maybe, because of his p [...]

  10. Cornwell no decepciona.Mucha acci n con trozos de historia Un libro que se lee r pido y es muy entretenido, como los tres anteriores.No tengo claro lo que opino sobre Alfredo a veces me parece un buen rey y otras veces lo matar a Lo que no podemos negar es que es un gran personaje en esta historia.A los Aethereld, Asser y esa gente los odio bastante estoy deseando que mueran A manos de Ragnar si puede ser.No puedo evitar tenerle cari o a los vikingos, no a todos claro pero estoy segura de que en [...]

  11. 4.5 stars This was another solid entry in the Saxon series It was the first I listened to instead of read, and I thought Jonathan Keebles did an excellent job although I see they change narrators after this book, so I will probably go back to text format.We saw a lot of Uhtred s compassionate side in this book, and I liked his interactions with some of the women characters The battles were exciting I just really enjoy this series.

  12. There are so many things to like about Mr Cornwell s Sword Song, but what stood out for me was decidedly pagan and Thor devotee Uthred s unlikely friendship with two priests the fierce Welsh warrior Father Pyrlig and King Alfred s adviser and scholar Father Beocca.Uhtred on choosing Father Pyrlig On one side a kingdom, Viking friends and wealth, and on the other a Briton who was the priest of a religion that sucks joy from this world like dusk swallowing daylight Yet I did not think I chose, or [...]

  13. What a book Amazing This was Uhtred at his prime, if not then close to it The third book still remains my favorite and I thought this was a bit slower paced but Sword Song has probably the best ending so far in this series This book kept me up many a night but its worth it because I really love reading these books.

  14. Uhtred is one of the GREATEST literary figures ever created , The Saxon Chronicles, panned from the outset as Cornwell trying to return to his British roots, has proven to be a juggernaut that cannot be stopped by bad and, in this case, off base, press reviews.Book 4, Sword Song The Battle for London , continues the story of Lord Uhtred, Saxon born, Dane raised, sworn man of King Alfred the great In this installment, Uhtred fights to take London back from the invading Northemen, the Vikings Uhtr [...]

  15. SWORD SONG THE BATTLE FOR LONDON BY BERNARD CORNWELL We last left Uhtred, in Lords of the North, apparently an ally with King Alfred, while the Vikings were making a very successful takeover of England, making it seem like there was little hope left for Alfred and his Saxon people But Alfred has God on his side, and feels he will be ultimately victorious Uhtred on the other hand, a pagan, cares little for this Christian religion, but is still a little unsure of where his allegiances lie While th [...]

  16. rating 5.5 5Ah, Cornwell, you did it yet again Love, love, love this series Uhtred is a little less, uh, murderous in this one which only means he doesn t kill unarmed priests in cold blood It still has the humor brutality of war, vivid descriptions of life, Uhtred s spontaneous actions, and some new wonderful and easily hated villainous characters A solid novel, highly enjoyable, that had me loving every single word.And then bam , Cornwell actually managed to surprise me with a plot twist I did [...]

  17. In this fourth installment in the Saxon Warriors series, we find Uhtred continuing to struggle with his loyalties, faith, and destiny While he feels of a connection to the Norsemen, he remains paired with Alfred for inexplicable reasons Uhtred is a mystery wrapped in an enigma, and he is a cruel one Or, as my husband s short review summed up once I convinced him to read the first few books in the series, Uhtred is kind of a jerk I still found myself amused by Uhtred s witty irreverence, and bat [...]

  18. 4.5 stars I still love Uhtred and I even wonder if I ll ever get enough of him I love seeing how England is slowly being built and Mr Cornwell is a master story teller.My only complaint is that I m starting to see a recurent pattern in the books hence the 4.5 stars instead of 5 Uhtred, whose biggest dream is to have his fortress and lands back, keeps giving unwilling oaths to king Alfred because there s always a good reason and keeps fighting for him against the Danes among whom Uhtred was raise [...]

  19. I touched Serpent Breath again and it seemed to me that she quivered I sometimes thought that blade sang It was a thin, half heard song, a keening noise, the song of the blade wanting blood the sword song The only negative part about this book was that it made me want to curl up in a corner, reading, and hiss when someone from the real world comes around and tells me that I have to do something productive now and, no, you can t go to England and be a Viking, no, you can t have your own longship [...]

  20. This was a solid entry in the Saxon Series, by Bernard Cornwell While not as enjoyable as the second and third books, I liked this one It kept me engaged for the most part, and wanting story So I ll move on to The Burning Land soon enough, I hope.One thing that did detract a little was the reader For some reason, they changed narrators in the series with this book I like the new reader, but he does pronounce several of the names differently than the previous reader I often found myself wonderin [...]

  21. I sometimes thought that blade sang It was a thin, half heard song, a keening noise, the song of the blade wanting blood the sword song Only Bernard Cornwell can liken a deadly sword to a sweet, chaste melody, and soften the gore of battle which practically littered in this book with a sprinkle of humor I thought I was a squeamish person But as Uthred s sword happily sings next to the flying heads or the gouged eyes or the spilled guts, I found that I could still eat my sandwiches with delight w [...]

  22. I can usually depend on Mr Cornwell to provide a good read whenever I am unsure where I want to go next Sadly, Sword Song barely measures up Uhtred remains bound by his oath to serve King Alfred, is told to capture Lundene London and other tasks The book pretty much plods along in a straight line, nothing surprises Meh.

  23. Saxons and Vikings are fighting and the story of Uhtred becomes complicated and fascinating I have a weird feeling about the future of many of his beloved ones, but I will wait and see Wyrd bi ful ar dUntil then, enjoy the fight

  24. Toquei Bafo de Serpente de novo e me pareceu que ela teve um tremor Algumas vezes eu achava que a espada cantava Era um canto fino, apenas entreouvido, um som penetrante, a can o da espada que desejava sangue a can o da espada.

  25. I continue to enjoy this series In the 9th century of what s now England, our rather unloveable, but still somehow endearing, rogue Uhtred of Bebbanburg continues the great conflict of his life He likes the Danish invaders and yet continues to find himself aligned with the Saxons and King Alfred, with his dream of unifying the land into one greater kingdom, rather than just several disparate realms.While reading this fourth volume it occurred to me that I have read some similar books before, alt [...]

  26. Sword Song is the fourth in Cornwell s Saxon Tales series and it picks up the threads of Uhtred s life roughly eight years after the events of the last book Those eight years have seen a tentative peace settle between the countries of Wessex, East Anglia, and Mercia King Alfred of Wessex, his end goal of a unified England ever in his mind, has been working on shoring up the defenses in Wessex and has tasked Uhtred with a part in making a secure Wessex a reality But new players have arrived and [...]

  27. This series of historical novels is set in 9th and 10th century Britain and focus on Alfred the Great and the creation of modern England There are currently 8 books in the series, with the 9th due out in September 2014 The story is told by Uhtred Uhtredson, the son of Saxon nobility in the North of England Uhtred is a wonderful character, strong, forthright and honourable He is captured by the invading Danes when he is just a child and is brought up by them He then becomes a warrior for King Alf [...]

  28. The fourth installment of this series sees Uhtred at 28, with a wife he loves and two children Uhtred is as happy as he can be, considering his Uncle is still Lord of Bebbanburg and he s oath bound to Alfred.There are pious priests than ever before, not as much war and fighting, Alfred is even annoying but there are several good characters added to the Danes side and the story ends with a bang.This was a great book and it leaves me wanting to read .

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