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So he breaks with the king and takes off for the land of his birth, determin The enemy is massing on the borders, a united force for once. Other Editions Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Jun 14, Sean Barrs the Bookdragon rated it it was amazing Shelves: My task is not to serve them, but to amuse them, and if I do then they will reward me in the life to come. All of the characters seem a lot more fully fleshed out than in the first few books.
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 more and more Northmen looking for land, women, and treasure he finds it more and more 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 opposed. They live, Uhtred. They live and laugh and enjoy, and what does their god do?
They are wrong. 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.
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. 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. 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. View all 7 comments. Aug 17, Jason Koivu rated it really liked it Shelves: If reading this series doesn't make you wanna scream like this 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 need If reading this series doesn't make you wanna scream like this 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 more 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. View all 3 comments. Jan 24, Lucia rated it it was amazing Shelves: Fast-paced and engaging, this series is still keeping its charm! Bernard Cornwell brought 9th century England alive for me.
Uhtred of Bebbanburg is unapologetic and ruthless yet lovable and admiration Fast-paced and engaging, this series is still keeping its charm! Uhtred of Bebbanburg is unapologetic and ruthless yet lovable and admiration worthy character with brilliant military strategic mind. He is a true hero!
I really felt like I was there with Uhtred, fighting every new enemy or being part of countless shield wars. 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!
View 1 comment. Feb 25, Lo9man88 rated it it was amazing. 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: Jun 13, David rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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! 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 more to his liking. 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 weapons.
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 "We are Danes, and we are Saxon, and we are warriors who love to fight.
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. 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!!! View all 21 comments.
Dec 06, Geo Kwnstantinou rated it it was amazing. Executive Summary: Another enjoyable read in this series. These books are always quick reads that seem so packed with story.
Full Review It feels a bit contradictory to say this book had a slow start, while still being a quick enjoyable read. I'd be hard pressed to say exactly what happened for most of the first part of this book of importance, but the rest of the book more than made up for that. Not to mention he does it in a way where it never feels rushed. Cornwell just seems to be an expe Executive Summary: Cornwell just seems to be an expert and packing plot development and action into the minimum amount of words.
You won't get flowerly prose, or excessive description. In return you're rewarded with a tight, and normally well-paced story. As with previous books, I continue to love Uthred and despise Alfred, but it's the secondary characters that make it for me.
There are so many to note: I'm especially fond of Ragnar and Steapa. This book is full of strong women in a time period where it seems the history books would have us believe none existed. I think he does an especially great job with Alfred's daughter Aethelfaed. Cornwell continues to blend history and fiction in such a way to leave me wondering how much is history and how much is fiction. These are always great stories.
I'd read more history books if they were written by Mr. Despite knowing some of how things end up, I worry every time Uthred goes into battle. I want to jump right into the next book.
Things don't exactly end up on a cliffhanger, but certainly there is much at hand to resolve. I fear for some of the things that may come to pass in the next book, but yet I can't wait to read it.
I'll be sad when I catch up on this series because it's so enjoyable. It has to be. It has been far too long between books in this Saxon series for me. I have had an Uhtred drought. So I hungered for this read when I came to it. And I am pleased to admit that it gave me everything I wanted and missed.
If there are flaws in The Burning Land then I do not see them. That's not saying that there are none, but if there were, I failed to notice. I'll leave the flaws for others to p 5 stars. I'll leave the flaws for others to pick through. I am just happy to be reading about Uhtred again, especially now that I have the next book, Death of Kings, sitting here waiting patiently for me.
Love the book, love the series oh.. I didn't really like Sword Song. Feb 28, Kate Quinn rated it it was amazing. He has always been dismayed by his reliance on Uhtred, a pagan warrior who represents everything Alfred hates, but a reluctant bond of need held them loyal to each other. That bond snaps in "The Burning Land," when Alfred's punishing zeal is finally too much and Uhtred abandons his cause.
Grieving for the death of his beloved wife, he flees north with thoughts of re-taking the fortress of his bi Alfred the Great, in Bernard Cornwell's Saxon Stories, has a love for order, peace, and Christianity. Grieving for the death of his beloved wife, he flees north with thoughts of re-taking the fortress of his birthright.
But oaths are not so easily abandoned, and Uhtred finds himself fighting alongside Alfred's redoubtable daughter Aethelflaed. Outnumbered against an army of Vikings and a vengeful witch, Uhtred scrambles for victory - and just possibly love. He is matured into a splendid lord of war, a man who effortlessly commands every battlefield, every room, and every page in which he appears.
Alfred, Great or not, is an ungrateful bastard to snub such an ally, and it's marvelous to see him realize it. Sep 07, Mike rated it liked it Shelves: I am sad to report I can only give this one 3 Stars I really had high hopes for my return to the world of Uhtred of Bebbanburg and England of the late 9th Century.
The good points: The bad: 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".
Review in Portuguese from Desbravando Livros: Posso sentir a morte chegando, senhor Uhtred. Pontos fortes: Pontos fracos: Apr 29, Alicja rated it really liked it Shelves: Okay, I lied. He's just as bloody, foul-mouthed, and quick to temper while routinely shutting his brain down and acting before thinking but he is a little older.
Yup, exactly what I have come to expect from the series. With one drawback. The middle was a bit dry on the action, a rating: The middle was a bit dry on the action, and a bit high on the Babbenburg whining. But BC made it up to us with an extraordinary major battle at the end. I love make-up battles ranks high up there right next to make-up sex. Overall, loved it! And jut to whet your appetite, a little continuation of the Uhtred vs Alfred religious debate: We earn our fate.
My task is not to serve them, but to amuse them, and if I do then they will reward me in the life to come. Why did your God make you? That is duty, Lord Uhtred, duty.
That, I think, will amuse my gods. So are we. If it amuses the gods then Harald will slice my head off.
View 2 comments. Mar 03, Krista Baetiong Tungol rated it it was amazing Shelves: Meanwhile, lands get burned, towns are sacked and its populace cut down or mutilated, battlefields are awash in gore, and Father Pyrlig, my favorite burly Welsh warrior-priest, remains a cheerful pragmatist in this world of doom. The battle scenes are, as always, explicitly and brutally gory; and war strategies, which Cornwell describes here in a flourish, always hold a fascinating afterthought for me. So, yes, fictional Uhtred is a gem for living up to his reputation and ability as a great warrior though he certainly relies on fate a lot!
And I find that I am enjoying this war series so far and would not really mind at all if the remaining books are as blood-spattered as this one is. May 27, Arnis rated it really liked it. Nov 12, Oct 28, Graham rated it it was amazing Shelves: A great entry in the Saxon Stories by Bernard Cornwell.
This one's so great because it sees Uhtred finally breaking away from Alfred hurrah!
Once again, the story is dominated with powerful descriptions of England's lands and peoples. Cornwell has great fun with a fictional villain - Harald Bloodhair, a man who lives up to his name before each batt A great entry in the Saxon Stories by Bernard Cornwell.
Cornwell has great fun with a fictional villain - Harald Bloodhair, a man who lives up to his name before each battle - and culminates with one of the best battles of the series, an assault on a seemingly impervious fortress. Add in a truly horrible villainess - Skade - and you have the trappings of a rousing, breakneck historical adventure. Apr 06, Donna rated it it was amazing Shelves: I love this series.
I'm not sure what else I can gush over that I haven't already gushed over. My main complaint is that these books are too short; I mourn a little when I'm finished. I noticed the dialogue a little more in this one.
I love the dialogue. Uhtred says things that if anyone else had said it, I'd have to roll my eyes, but because it's Uhtred, I find myself cheering. The audios have a great narrator that brings all the characters to life. After listening to this one, I'm feeling like I love this series.
After listening to this one, I'm feeling like I need to binge watch the show I love this series!!! Mar 16, Tammy rated it it was amazing. This is my favorite after Lords of the North.
Bernard Cornwell is much more than a master of battles, this book showed me he's also an expert of characterization.
Mix that up with amazing story telling ability and you've got a gem. The main reason I love this series? Uhtred is Amazing. Show related SlideShares at end. WordPress Shortcode. Published in: Full Name Comment goes here. Are you sure you want to Yes No.
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