The Pale Horseman (Last Kingdom Series #2) (Saxon Tales)

The Pale Horseman (Last Kingdom Series #2) (Saxon Tales)

by Bernard Cornwell
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The Pale Horseman (Saxon Tales #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 163 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Now I have two favorite historical fiction writers - Sharon Kay Penman and now Bernard Cornwell. Cornwell puts one right right in the middle of the battle - the downpour of rain - crack of thunder and lightening - fear and "battle calm" and the yell "SHIELD WALL" just makes the hair on one's arm stand up. If you're a fan of England's historical fiction/events, I strongly suggest Cornwell's books. Uhtred has developed into a fearsom warrier. I've got the next book in the series and ready to read.....
mn22 More than 1 year ago
I love reading Cornwell's books on my nook, because additional research on a historic a character, location, or event is only a click away. After reading his novels, this one included, I always come away with the feeling of have been exposed to events that I did't know much about, but now want to know even more! Some would say he needs to get deeper into his characters in the book, and I understand the comment, but this is the second book in a long series, I think your seeing plenty of development - just read them all!
JR86 More than 1 year ago
Book Two of The Saxon Tales, The Pale Horseman, continues the story of Uthred, the Saxon boy raised among the Danes. Set against actual events, the story interweaves actual historical characters with fictional ones in a highly entertaining fashion. I enjoy the historical references and the detail of everyday life. I previously read another set of books by Mr. Cornwell and thoroughly enjoy his work. The book is fast paced with surprising twists and turns. The fight and battle scenes are realistic without being unnecessarily gory. The action ranges all over the east side of England and never flags. This book will be interesting to history buffs who do not mind a little action, and to action buffs who do not mind a little history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read all the Sharpe novels and most of Mr. Cornwell's others. Haven't read a bad one yet. I'm awed by his ability to take history and tweak it and make it fun. One just wants to get to know better even deeply flawed characters like Uhtred (arrogant, rude, crude, self-involved). It's just hard to put his books down, and I always look forward to the next.
tanker135 More than 1 year ago
Bernard Cornwell writes exciting books that grab the reader who enjoys martial tales and makes you want more. I read the entire Sharps series years ago and really enjoyed them, and the Saxon Tales is just as good a read. The protagonist is as interesting a character as you'll find. The author paints scenes that put you there. Strongly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although I do not rate this as highly as I would some of Bernard Cornwell's other works, anyone interested in the time of Alfred the Great, should certainly read this series. It is well researched and a very good read.
rfayhallock More than 1 year ago
I have completed reading THE LAST KINGDOM and THE PALE HORSEMAN, in the series.. Their engaging to read, easy to read and I am learning as I read. I appreciate the author's reasearch of his his books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've just finished reading this book, and read The Last Kingdom before that. I like the storyline, time frame etc. but I also find there is not enough detail. After reading the Outlander series, and books by E. Rutherfurd, these stories seem kind of flat. The characters could be so much more interesting if the author provided more details about their lives. My impression is he seems to be rushing through the book, they're only 300 or so pages compared to the other authors I mentioned, their books are well over 1,000 pages. It's an okay read.
Lilo02 More than 1 year ago
The journey continues in the life of a Northumbrian Lord Uhtred who was orphaned and captured by the Vikings and then was raised by the Viking leader Ragnar who also fathered and trained Uhtred to become a warrior. Ragnar and his whole family are murdered in the first book The Last Kingdom and Uhtred finds himself in the hands of where fate leads him next. He is found to be switching sides and joins King Alfred's army to fight the Danes in The Pale Horseman. This is still a very good book and one that I'd offer for any historical fiction lover. However the ending, the battle of Ethandun which granted Alfred the title "Alfred The Great" is a little slow and dry. But none-the-less the rest of the book is filled with good drama new characters and lots of history that I think any historical fiction lover will enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After a slow start in The Last Kingdom, Cornwell hits his stride in this installment of the Saxon Chronicles. His characters start to take on a life of their own and seem less like rehashes of figures from his other series. The battle action and historical detail are first-rate, and the question of the hero's legacy promises to unify the future installments.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i have yet to read a book of his I do not like. Every book of his I have reread at least twice, and I am looking forward to rereading this one...great great read
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PainFrame More than 1 year ago
He can make sermons, but he can’t make speeches. I read the first book in this series, The Last Kingdom, more than a few years ago and while I loved it, for some reason I never picked up the sequel until now. The previous novel was the first Bernard Cornwell novel that I had read, but I knew that it would not be the last. This author is very good at making history feel immediate and real, and has a good grasp of the time period which he brings to life in an authentic and often frightening way. I’m very glad that I live in the modern age and will never have to stand in a shield wall, I actually got anxious reading Cornwell’s description of this type of battle. Very well done, but not for the squeamish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could be longer though.
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navsgt More than 1 year ago
Keeps your interest throughout.
readtomuchMN More than 1 year ago
Do read this series and do get sucked.... it's far cheaper than movie and so much better!
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ybehome More than 1 year ago
Easy read, put not easy to put down. Can't wait to read #3!
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