The Pagan Lord (Last Kingdom Series #7) (Saxon Tales)

The Pagan Lord (Last Kingdom Series #7) (Saxon Tales)

by Bernard Cornwell
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The Pagan Lord (Last Kingdom Series #7) (Saxon Tales) by Bernard Cornwell

The seventh installment of Bernard Cornwell’s New York Times bestselling series chronicling the epic saga of the making of England, “like Game of Thrones, but real” (The Observer, London)—the basis for The Last Kingdom, the hit television series.

At the onset of the tenth century, England is in turmoil. Alfred the Great is dead and Edward, his son, reigns as king. Wessex survives, but peace cannot hold: the Danes in the north, led by Viking Cnut Longsword, stand ready to invade and will not rest until the emerald crown is theirs.

Uhtred, once Alfred’s great warrior but now out of favor with the new king, must lead a band of outcasts north to recapture his old family home, that great Northumbrian fortress, Bebbanburg.

In The Pagan Lord, loyalties will be divided and men will fall, as every Saxon kingdom is drawn into the bloodiest battle yet with the Danes: a war that will decide the fate of every king, and the entire British nation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062199348
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/07/2014
Series: Last Kingdom (Saxon Tales) Series , #7
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 14,924
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

BERNARD CORNWELL is the author of the acclaimed New York Times bestselling Saxon Tales series, which includes The Last Kingdom, The Pale Horseman, Lords of the North, Sword Song, The Burning Land, Death of Kings, The Pagan Lord, and, most recently, The Empty Throne and Warriors of the Storm, and which serves as the basis for the hit television series The Last Kingdom. He lives with his wife on Cape Cod and in Charleston, South Carolina.

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The Pagan Lord 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
saintdeath More than 1 year ago
Bernard Cornwell is and has for some time been one of the most significant writers of historical fictions to date. With the  beginning of Utred of Bebbanburg as a welp to the seeing of the crowning of Alfred the Great to his future grandson whom historians regard as the first real king of all of England, Athelstan. Cornwell truly has an eye for the imagination. Some of his greats are the "Grail series" to even " Agincourt" are some of the greatest historical fiction novels set in the world of monarchs and soldier peasants! This book is a must!
syphi More than 1 year ago
Fantastic book from Bernard Cornwell again. It's amazing how he manages to fascinate with every book he writes. No other author is as consistent in this respect. Uhtred is one of the best characters in literature. His interactions with the civil society with which he has allied himself is always amusing. Confounding self-righteous bishops and ruffling feathers of the timid, he never fails to entertain. He's the guy you can't trust in polite company, but there is no one better in a fight. In The Pagan Lord Cornwell delivers up his usual dazzling combination of historical envelopment and medieval action adventure. The pacing is swift and we're never waiting for long before the next confrontation. Uhtred is always forcing the action. This book is very good - not quite up to some of the other books in the series in terms of plot and conflict, and hence the 4-star rating instead of Cornwell's usual 5-star status.
Zeifus More than 1 year ago
Maybe it's not fair that Cornwell is such an exceptional writer. He has set the bar so high that even he might fall  short from time to time. This is one of those times. The book is good. For any other author, this would be a 4-star book. Uhtred is as brash and cunning as ever. I enjoyed seeing him beset by indecision from time to time - it made him more human. The problem is repetition. Cornwell establishes early in every book in the series that Uhtred is a pagan. It's one of the most interesting aspects of the series -- a pagan fighting with Christians against other pagans. It is brilliant, actually. But it seems we are reminded about every other paragraph that Uhtred is a pagan and that he esteems his gods higher than the "nailed god." Uhtred's attitude toward and insults about Christians and their religion are highly entertaining. But only the first 75 times or so. It becomes a little tiresome.  Still, the repetition of the insults and a plot that was thinner than the other books in the series only took away a little from Cornwell's mastery of this period of history and his characters. Cornwell is always an automatic "must read."
Kevin_Chapman More than 1 year ago
I have read all the books in this series, in fact all his books except the Sharp series. I therefore jumped in to read the continuation of the Saxon wars with the Northmen. I somewhat enjoyed the book, no problem with the scene setting except for the abortive raid on Bebbanburg, I felt that was very contrived and the way of the book was lost there. Maybe Bernard is getting tired of Utred, that being said, I will buy the next in the series to see if the story comes alive again. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cornwell drags on the tale of Uhtred by the same tired descriptions and recounting of previous novels. Time to wrap it up on the Saxon Tales series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a story. Cornwell is a master and Uhtred is one of my favorite characters. I have read everything Cornwell has written. I can hardly wait for the next Saxon story. Where will he pi k this one up? I nearly bust a gut with Uhtred solution to finding the bones of Saint Oswald. A must read. Michael Hammond Approved!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great Uhtred story. I don't know how I'll be able to wait for the next book. I want to see how Uhtred regains Bebbanburg so badly!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am half way through this book and I wonder if I am going to make it through all of them. This one should be called the Pagan Idiot. I also can't stand the way the author pads every little event with endless descriptions of everything, look at that rock it's a grey rock like the rock from youth the one I used to hit brother, I loved that rock I wish I had it now for if I twenty thousand rocks like that, crap like that. It took over ten pages to get from the wrecked boat to the lower gate I thought they would still be there into book eight really. I could have completed this series in five maybe six books. I get worn out with this series another author was even worse than this adding three or four books to make money. He knows how to tell a story but to keep dragging it on then to have the hero be an idiot doing stupid crap over and over and over and over. I sometimes read this hoping that the Pgan Idiot get killed he deserves it.
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Jules_K More than 1 year ago
Continues the saga of Uthred, plot twists are cleverly done and battle scenes continue to illustrate the times. Characters are multidemensional and you root for some and against others. Looking forward to the next one.
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kidsx11 More than 1 year ago
This is the 7th of the Saxton Series by Cornwell. once I started the series I could not but them down . I read all 8 in the series in 2 weeks.Each on wanted me to start the next one immediataly. The Pagan Lord followed a great read.
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Bernard Cornwell has written yet another great novel. I loved everything about the book,especially the literature, and the battle depictions.
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An excellent historical adventure, presented within the context of authentic events.
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