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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

Critic Reviews

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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Will Miss Jonathon Keeble...

These books are amazing, so much different from the TV series. It is possible to see where they played cut and paste with various plot points and characters, and embellished here and there, but the audio of the full story is just a delight to listen to. Am hoping the new bloke who does the rest is as good...

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This bloke brings the story to life , best Narrator I've listened too , the bloke that does the Wilber Smith books is not to bad either 👍

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I loved it

Having watched The Last Kingdom, I understand the characters which it more meaningful to me.
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a great story page-turning lots of adventure and a

a page turning Welwyn of action adventure blood and guts I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good Viking Warrior

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One of the best series ever.

My title says it all. Amazing series & amazing book. Recommend it to all who enjoy historical fiction.

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Superb Narrater

This a a great story and I have enjoyed the history lesson that has come with it. However, the superb narration by Jonathan Keeble is what makes this story come alive.

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Fantastic!!

As always, superb storytelling. Rich and vibrant descriptions. Jonathan Keeble brings the characters alive. Highly recommend

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  • 24-09-2017

Best yet

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

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  • Ashley
  • 08-03-2017

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
  • 24-09-2016

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
  • 30-04-2016

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
  • 07-01-2015

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

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  • 10-05-2022

Wow!

Another fabulous book in this incredible series. I couldn't put it down. The narrator's performance is pitch perfect.

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  • J D HOOK
  • 09-05-2022

Loved it!

Absolutely loving this series, and Jonathan Keeble is a great narrator, I am enjoying every one in the series.

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  • 30-03-2022

Gory and Brilliant

Incredibly descriptive and great characters. A really entertaining story continues and I know I have a long way to go yet.

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  • Mr. N. C. Angel
  • 17-02-2022

Another corker

Hard to put down, just brilliantly read by Jonathan Keable - I find it astonishing that he will not be reading the entire series. But hats off - a master storyteller brought vividly alive by a master narrator.

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  • Philip Cooper
  • 14-01-2022

last kingdom

loved the story and the narrator was brilliant I could imagine all the fights

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  • MD
  • 10-09-2021

Worth it

fantastic series. but this is not the best book: too much procedure detail and extended side plots. overall fantastic performance, great range of accents; except women, who are mostly made to cackle

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  • Holly M
  • 09-08-2021

We love these books and narrator!

These books are terrific, and completely brought to life by Jonathan Keeble! Wholly disappointed that he hasn't narrated the whole series, as the chap that follows him is a total let down. Bring back Jonathan Keeble, please!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-07-2021

Excellent! A great yarn

it's a great easy listen and so well narrated. I've listened to the first three in The Last Kingdom series and I'll be enjoying all the rest. Superb.

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  • Phil Wain
  • 10-07-2021

Great story.

Non stop story line. Lots of fine characters. Only criticism is that the female characters voices were terrible and made it impossible to believe in them. Probably the best of the last kingdom I’ve listened to.

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  • S. C. Reston
  • 19-04-2021

Great Stuff

Really well written and performed. Lots of Twista and turns in this adventure with plenty still to come in books ahead!

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