Sep 25, 2020
The Pale Horseman
Posted by Bernard Cornwell

The second 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.This is the exciting yet little known story of the making of England in the 9th and 10th centuries, the years in which King AlfredThe second 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.This is the exciting yet little known story of the making of England in the 9th and 10th centuries, the years in which King Alfred the Great, his son and grandson defeated the Danish Vikings who had invaded and occupied three of England s four kingdoms.At the end of The Last Kingdom, The Danes had been defeated at Cynuit, but the triumph of the English is not fated to last long The Danish Vikings quickly invade and occupy three of England s four kingdoms and all that remains of the once proud country is a small piece of marshland, where Alfred and his family live with a few soldiers and retainers, including Uhtred, the dispossessed English nobleman who was raised by the Danes Uhtred has always been a Dane at heart, and has always believed that given the chance, he would fight for the men who raised him and taught him the Viking ways But when Iseult, a powerful sorceress, enters Uhtred s life, he is forced to consider feelings he s never confronted before and Uhtred discovers, in his moment of greatest peril, a new found loyalty and love for his native country and ruler.

  • Title: The Pale Horseman
  • Author: Bernard Cornwell
  • ISBN: 9780061144837
  • Page: 342
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Pale Horseman The second 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

    Frances

    Ahhhhh Uhtred you are quite the lad Uhtred of Bebbanburg, Lord of Northumbria is as headstrong, arrogant, and fearless as ever Now married with a child at the age of 21, he rode into battle to Cynuit and slaughtered the Danish leader, Ubba Lothbrokson Fully expecting recognition for the deed upon his return to King Alfred, Uhtred meets the inexorable fate he always believed in The pompous, self important, Odda the Younger took the credit for the slaying, and no one, not even King Alfred would ev [...]


    Bookdragon Sean

    The Pale Horseman is every bit as good as the first book This, again, feels like another chapter of a man s life Uhtred has grown up a little and is resolute in his ambitions since we last saw him He has fought in his first shield wall and has completed the transformation from boy to man he is now a proven warrior and, importantly, he now has a growing reputation but, not necessarily a good one His glory has been stolen by the coward Odda the Younger He has claimed the victory at Cynuit as his [...]


    Markus

    For here starts war, carrion birds sing, and grey wolves howl A fragile peace still holds in the realms of Britain After the forces of Wessex prevailed at Cynuit, the Danes have pulled back King Alfred thinks himself safe, but in truth the last kingdom of the Saxons is in grave perilWriting a sequel to an amazing novel can sometimes be amazingly hard Bernard Cornwell fulfilled that task with style, and in the process created my personal favourite Uhtred novel and proved himself a master of histo [...]


    ScottHitchcock

    This one took a lot longer to get going than book one but the second half and the ending were very good The religious overtones to everything Alfred does makes me want to root for the Danes as does the corruption of many of the priests.


    A Bald Mage** Steve

    via GIPHYBald Mage Rating 9 10 If you had an army of angels, lord, Then a rousing speech about God and Saint Augustine would doubtless fire their ardour, but you have to fight with mere men, and there s nothing quite like greed, revenge and selfishness to inspire mortals Reading a second book in a series always worries me but my worries were put to bed very quickly and I will say this carries on the excellence of the first book.The book takes place near enough from the ending of the first book a [...]


    Terri

    Oh Bernard, how do you do what you do If I could write like this man, well, I d be one very happy chick And I do not want to write like this to make money, or make fans, or make myself famous, I just want to have this skill for myself, to know that I can do it, to know that I can create magic on paper, although, Bernard Cornwell, in this series at least, is than merely skilled, he is an absolute master Would it be presumptuous of me to say that I think that he is a writer s writer or precisely [...]


    StoryTellerShannon

    THE PALE HORSEMEN is the second book in the Cornwell series focusing on England before it was England Unlike the first book, there s less fighting and political maneuvering and focus on relationships HISTORY at this time England was something of a bunch of Saxon Kingdoms Seven, if memory serves The Saxons had actually taken most of the Kingdom from the Britons Welsh and had held a good chunk for several hundred years Now, it s the late 800s and the Danes are seriously beating the Saxons up The [...]


    Athena Shardbearer

    I can t even And I looked, Pyrlig said to me, and I saw a pale horse, and the rider s name was death, You like Viking You like badasses like my boyfriends, Uhtred You want a GOOD STORY THEN READ THIS BOOK Also, I think its safe to say that buying all the books in the series before finishing the first one was a wise choice


    Jason Koivu

    REINVIGORATE, MAN I shouted, then calmly began my review Cornwell always does a decent job of adding in just enough historical detail, both physical and immediate, to the story as well as historic and atmospheric for the background Then he layers on his stock, misunderstood hero regardless of time or place and serves up another entertaining action adventure story Hard to argue with a winning recipe, other than the argument that the palette desires something new sooner or later, and that the chef [...]


    Rob

    Executive Summary Another enjoyable Historical Fiction book that I probably would have liked a bit better if I hadn t already known what was coming from watching the TV show I m really looking forward to book three now.Full ReviewIn retrospect I wish I had read this book before watching The Last Kingdom I had no idea that a 10 episode season would cover two books That s partly because they glossed over half of the first book, and partly because they cut a lot of detail out.I had been hoping that [...]


    Vagner Stefanello

    Review in Portuguese from Desbravando Livros Narrado em 1 pessoa, O Cavaleiro da Morte possui uma narrativa ainda mais intensa que a do livro anterior Ap s vencer a batalha em Cynuit e matar Ubba Lothbrokson, nosso protagonista volta para sua casa no interior de Wessex e tenta retomar a sua vida, agora casado com Mildrith e pai de um garoto Mal sabe ele que o destino est sendo tecido e a guerra o espera novamenteAp s uma nova investida dos vikings, o reino de Alfredo ficou reduzido apenas thelin [...]


    Tammy

    A worthy follow up to its predecessor Bernard Cornwell, apart from having a talent for writing epic duels and battles, is also proving to be a great story teller I loved all the new characters he added and enjoyed revisiting the old ones, including the Danes.Uhtred s arc was fun Mainly because he s becoming a great warrior and we get to see him build his reputation Proud and arrogant, fearless and unpredictable and thus respected and feared But now he is also growing into a leader and a tacticia [...]


    Mike

    The Pale Horseman gets a solid 4 stars BC is a very good writer but I m not feeling like he is stretching himself here Not that his writing is flawed, no way I could not put this book down and just raced through it I thought his battle scenes were as bloody and chaotic and good as ever His characters were likeable or despicable and you do care about them But it seemed too much of a template to get 5 stars His main character, Uhtred, is a young rebellious youth, much like the main protagonist, De [...]


    David

    This is a wonderful second novel in The Saxon Stories series The young English nobleman Uhtred, captured and raised by the Danes, is called upon by King Alfred to save his kingdom from the Danes King Alfred is just learning about human nature, and does not recognize when his enemies are being deceptive But he is smart, and he learns from his mistakes.Uhtred is a warrior, and he is very good He revels in his fight He yearns for battle, with incredible enthusiasm But he is still young and sometime [...]


    Ace

    Re reading.


    Gary

    This was a brutal read I love historical fiction when it gets real like this The characters were vivid and realistic The author understands the era and how to bring us into it.All of the basic themes are present, betrayal, revenge, cruelty, heroism etc The story never really slows down it s pace is consistent with a building sensation towards the end This was a good, brutal read So far this series is a go to consistently good read that I will return to from time to time.


    Cphe

    I just wanted to take the time to mention just how much I m enjoying this series to date and to thank all the readers who have recommended this series to me over the yearsLoving this stirring series of a bygone era Well crafted with a wonderful hero in Uhtred, and a superb cast of supporting characters Time and money well spent.


    Tosh

    RTCThis isn t just a war over land, it s a war about God And Alfred Christ s servant The shield wall is a terrible place It is where a warrior makes his reputation, and reputation is dear to us.


    Donna

    What a fun series this is turning out to be I read the first book in this series and then proceeded to binge watch every single episode of the TV version on Netflix in less than one day From having already seen the episodes this book covers, I knew what was going to happen It was a pleasant surprise that this wasn t exactly the TV version So there were new elements.I loved the MC He was a strong POV and it comes through in vivid and rich way What s not to love I have the next one in the series, [...]


    Pamela

    Uhtred the warrior lord must decide whether to help the Saxon King Alfred to defend the kingdom of Wessex against the invading Danes An entertaining adventure, full of action and leading to a spectacular battle scene, this was a gripping read The time and place are brilliantly evoked, conveying what it was like to live in 9th century Wessex, as different tribes fought for supremacy, and Christianity took on the pagan gods The main problem for me is that Uhtred is a bit of a cartoon character I a [...]


    Willow

    I have read all the books so far in Cornwell s Saxon series, and this is my favorite book so far Of course, since I loved The Last Kingdom so much, I almost couldn t wait to get my hands on it, and then read it in two days What can I say I just adore mean old Uhtred, despite his flaws and his sometimes unethical behavior I do believe one of Cornwell s flaws is he doesn t write the best female characters, but I find his male characters so interesting and fun, it doesn t bother me much.I think the [...]


    Arnis

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    Rosanna

    One defeat and there would probably never have been a political entity called England We might have had a Daneland instead, and this novel would probably have been written in Danish That was actually a quote from the authors historical note listed at the books end.I m always nervous to read a second book in a series as I m usually always disappointed But, I loved book one so much and wanted to continue with Uthreds story I happy to report that book 2 was all and then I ever expected I can t ex [...]


    Chris

    Wow That last 50 pages or so were awesomeThat s just an estimate, since I listened to the audio and didn t have the page count right in front of me After several disappointing endings in books lately, this was refreshing The finish actually brought my rating up, instead of the opposite as some have done recently I ve long heard that Bernard Cornwell is the best at describing battles If I wasn t convinced already, I am now.


    Daniel

    Pri a se nastavlja dalje Istorija i ivot rade svoje bez da uzimaju obzir kolko patnje naparave sa time Kvalitet pisanja je ostao isti kao i to da nema ni jedne dosadne strane ili nepotrebnog opisa U svakom slu aju pravo u ivanje.


    José

    3.5 estrellas Buena continuaci n para esta maravillosa saga de vikingos y sajones a pesar de que carece de la cantidad de batallas espectaculares del primer tomo, The Pale Horsemen es un libro que te mantiene enganchado por c mo plantea el tema de la lealtad de Uhtred A lo largo de todo el libro Uhtred pone en duda su lealtad tanto para con los sajones como respecto a los vikingos, sin dejar de lado sus propias cuentas pendientes con quienes le arrebataron todo Tambi n es un libro que se centra [...]


    Brenda H

    I ve had several books from the Saxon Chronicles on my TBR for quite a while but only started reading them after watching the TV series, Last Kingdom on BBC The first book, The Last Kingdom, begins the story of Uhtred, a Saxon boy taken by the Danes while attacking Northumbria in the late 800 s.In The Pale Horseman, Uhtred is now in his early 20 s a man with a wife, a child and a sworn oath to his king, Albert Albert s Wessex is the last of the English kingdoms remaining as the others have all f [...]


    Sumant

    I really liked this book especially the first part and the last part, but it did not have as many interesting danes in it like the first book What made the first book awesome for me was the number of interesting danish characters, and although this book has its danish characters but we do not explore them as much as I would have liked.We continue the story of Uthred in this book, and he goes from all cycles of fall depression hope and finally resurrection The battle scenes continue to be awesome [...]


    Denise

    As always for me me Bernard Cornwell writes another cannot put down series This is the 2nd book of the Saxon Kingdom series a page turner I just loved before each battle how King Alfred would compare it to a battle from the Bible.


    11811 (Eleven)

    The story could have ended here but is better and it has its hooks in me so moving on to book three.



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