le 14 juillet 2014
I have been following the 'Worrier Chronicles' from the fist, having read other of Cornwell's series. I find it important not to read them too close together, as the formula becomes too apparent. This book is a good example of what Cornwall does so well. He uses uncertain history to write a strong, masculine novel. In this one he perhaps allows the savagery full rein at times. His descriptions of battle, however, are credible and engaging. Some have suggested they are repetitive. That takes me back to the idea of not reading the books one after the other without a good break. In the end I guess there is only so much one can say about what was a very brutal and crude form of warfare. In this book the details of the lie of the land are important and add credibility. Conwell is always very honest about the degree to which he changes known facts. He is writing a novel after all, not academic history. I enjoy the books, I find his style easy and entertaining. I look forward to the next (the last?) in the series.
le 22 octobre 2013
After his last success to save the kingdom of Edward, Uhtred has been given a few land.But 10 years of peace came and his glorious past left memories. Churchmen are watching any wrong pace from his side to condemn the pagan. It will be easy for them to provoke the fierce man and change him in a paria in the christian kingdoms.
His loyalty to Edward's sister will make him come back when the Danes will attack. And he will fight for her lover, for his reputation and obviously for the challenge of being one against twenty!
The description of the battle is epic. Uhtred is without compromise as usual. It will simply not be possible to wait 2 years for the next episode!