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Publisher's Summary

Enter a world where bloody battles and heroic deeds combine in the historic struggle to unite Britain in the face of a common enemy. The third instalment in Bernard Cornwell's King Alfred series, follows on from the outstanding previous novels The Last Kingdom and The Pale Horseman.

The year is 878 and the Vikings have been thrown out of Wessex. Uhtred, fresh from fighting for Alfred in the battle to free Wessex, travels north to seek revenge for his father's death, killed in a bloody raid by Uhtred's old enemy, renegade Danish lord, Kjartan.

While Kjartan lurks in his formidable stronghold of Dunholm, the north is overrun by chaos, rebellion and fear. Together with a small band of warriors, Uhtred plans his attack on his enemy, revenge fuelling his anger, resolute on bloody retribution. But, he finds himself betrayed and ends up on a desperate slave voyage to Iceland. Rescued by a remarkable alliance of old friends and enemies, he and his allies, together with Alfred the Great, are free to fight once more in a battle for power, glory and honour.

The Lords of the North is a tale of England's making, a powerful story of betrayal, struggle and romance, set in an England torn apart by turmoil and upheaval.

©2006 Bernard Cornwell (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the critics say

Praise for The Lords of the North:

"Beautifully crafted story-telling, complete with splendid set-piece battles and relentless derring-do, so gripping that it rarely stops to catch a breath. It demonstrates once again Cornwell's enormous skill as a historical narrator. He would have graced Alfred's court entertaining the guests with his stories." (Daily Mail)
"Cornwell takes the spectres of ninth century history and puts flesh back on their bones. Here is Alfred's world restored - impeccably researched and illuminated with the colour and passion of a master storyteller." (Justin Pollard, author of Alfred the Great)

Praise for Bernard Cornwell:

"Bernard Cornwell is a literary miracle. Year after year, hail, rain, snow, war and political upheavals fail to prevent him from producing the most entertaining and readable historical novels of his generation." (Daily Mail)
"Cornwell's narration is quite masterly and supremely well-researched." (Observer)

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In Love with this Series

I hang on every word in this series and love the narration by Jonathan Keeble with one exception, his depiction of female characters. He makes even the most strong female character sound weak and feeble. It's incredibly frustrating and embarrassing to listen to as a woman. He has so many wonderful male voices therefore I can't understand why he continues to narrate women in such a way.
Normally, I tend to get bored after long battle scenes but not as Bernard Cornwell has written them, I want to hear more and learn more. I feel the fear, battle rage and joy right along with the characters.

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Entertaining

Love this series. I listened to the complete series and this is my favorite book. Fascinating and entertaining.

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Jonathan Keeble is the best!

Excellent story told by one of the best narrators out there. Jonathan Keeble is exactly how I imagine Uhtred sounding. Best version out there.

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I could continue listening for days

A most excellent narrator. I enjoy him bring this story to life. The different accents that he uses are just perfect and add to the magic of his storytelling. Books like these needs someone like Mr. Keeble to put life into each scene. Awesomely done!

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Cornwall is king!

another romping adventure with utred and he battles fate and ferocious vikings plus the machinations of corrupt priests.throw in a blood fued and an impenetrable fortress and you have another masterpiece from the best historical fiction writer ever
. I walk my dogs in -25c in Canada listening to his books and even the cold does not distract from nail biting story line. 10 out of 10 .

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Book 3 of 13 and an excellent tale.

So far this series of the last Kingdoms is amazingly well performed and it truly brings life to the series, the only thing holding me back on giving it a perfect review is that it does not include the 'historical note' portion that is a staple of all Bernard Cornwells works.

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Greatest series ever

The Lords of the North takes off where the last book left off. It’s important to start from book one The Last Kingdom. It is worth listening to the whole series. There is thirteen books altogether. This is one of the best stories I’ve ever listen to. I am on book six now .

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Compelling historical fiction

Cornwell's series provides the perfect balance of fact with fiction. The characters move through the historically determined plot with depth and personality, and not merely as place holders. The performance is also superb. The characterization is subtle but effective.

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Another great story

The third book in the series continues as one of the best stories I've ever read. Can't wait to read book #4

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Most enjoyable

Still loving listening to the virtuosic Jonathan Keeble narrate these stories.

I love it when an author can present you with a protagonist who is NOTHING like you or anyone you know, and yet make you identify with him, so that you actually feel you understand him - more, that you empathize with him completely. It's delightful. It's what fiction is *for*.

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Best yet

Exciting and couldn't put it down. Cornwall is a genius. looking forward to the next book already.

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  • 2017-03-08

Worth listening to repeatedly

Another home run for Audible, Jonathan Keeble and The Great Bernard Cornwell, Lord of the Short Novel.

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  • Tony
  • 2016-09-24

UTRED AND THE DANES

I like my history with a healthy dose of political fact, intrigue. treachery. love and blood! Bernard Cornwell always provides all of these, His research is impeccable and his delivery spot on. The story of Utred continues to unravel in the entertaining fashion that you come to expect with Cornwells' novels and did I mention the blood ? The narration is not just great it is outstanding ! All the characters live just as intended and the delivery of the action grabs you and doesn't let go. Thank you Jonathon Keeble.You just cannot resist moving on in the series.

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  • Rui Ribeiro
  • 2016-04-30

Hard to put down

A great story, with an excellent narration. Third book in the series, all great books. Recommended.

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  • Wayne Newbury-Lee
  • 2015-01-07

Full of Danish Fury - Excellent

Another fantastic episode in this furious series - loosely based around an England often forgotten..Uhtreds story is a storm of justice and War