The Pale Horseman: The Last Kingdom Series, Book 2 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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A Saxon raised by Vikings. A pagan fighting for a Christian King. The conflict at the heart of a hero will be played out in the fight for England.
It is 877. Across the kingdoms of Britain the Danes are gaining strength. Uhtred of Bebbanburg, a pagan warrior, must decide who he will align with: the Vikings who raised him or Alfred, King of the West Saxons.
As the Danes make for Wessex and threaten to destroy the kingdom, Uhtred will forge an uneasy alliance with the king, to lead the last remaining Saxon army in a battle that will be a fight for the very existence of England.
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|Listening Length||14 hours and 6 minutes|
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|Audible.com.au Release Date||01 May 2014|
|Publisher||HarperCollins Publishers Limited|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 4,625 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
23 in War & Military Action Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
31 in Historical Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
44 in World Literature (Audible Books & Originals)
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I'm loving this series. There's something special knowing it's based on real events and not purely fiction.
Bring on book 3!
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Following on from book one, Uhtred clashed once again with the crown and seemed to almost come to a point of giving up on Wessex altogether, especially as Alfred once again made peace with guthram the unlucky, and was once again betrayed. Unlike previously, Wessex almost came to an end with the Danes taking a lot more land and sending the king into the swamps to pick his wounds. This is where the desperate king plans one final, desperate fight to take back his kingdom and his vision of a united England.
The character development felt well thought out and progressed at a believable speed, while staying true to themselves throughout.The mix of fact and fiction blends seamlessly together in a way not many could pull off. This only went to increase my immersion into the tale and always leave me wanting mire. Book 3 has already been purchased and is waiting to be started.
This book is about Alfred the Great of Wessex is devastated after the defeat against the Vikings, and those Vikings now occupy now most of England.
Still with him is Uhtred, pagan and raised by Vikings, and who is still pondering whether to remain with Alfred or return to the Vikings.
Seeking refuge in the marshland around Athelney, Alfred and Uhtred try to rally the Saxons to fight back from this watery base and be victorious against these Vikings, and so survive for another day and live to life they want to live in a pious and peaceful Wessex.
What is to follow is an action-packed adventure in which Uhtred and King Alfred fight for survival from the Danish Vikings onslaught, and they will do that cunningly and with a lot of courage.
Highly recommended, for this is another astounding addition tho this great series, and that's why I like to call this episode: "A Tremendous Uhtred Sequel"!
I would say this series seems closer in writing style to the Warlord trilogy than the Sharpe series, following the format of the hero being close to the king.
It's a great book and I'll be happily working my way through this series as the year - and probably next - progresses.
Although one should not bring 21st century thinking, morals and mores to 10th century life, one could not help thinking that 'everything changes and nothing changes.' Cornwell does encourage the reader to stop and think beyond the swashbuckling thoughout.
I am not sure whether Uhtred's forewords are a good or bad thing - whether they telegraph the ultimate outcome of the scrapes and adventures or whether they enhance the enjoyment of the finer points of the tale...
I was disappointed at the Kindle price of book 9- Warriors of the Storm, which at the present time is more than the hardback edition. Although I am hooked enough to want to read it very badly, principle prevents me following on at this time.