Monday, February 8, 2016

Warriors of the Storm by Bernard Cornwell

Posted first to Blog Critics as Book Review: 'Warriors of the Storm' by Bernard Cornwell-Book Nine of 'The Last Kingdom' Series.

The idea of peace is a concept that intrigues all, but it is mercurial and hard to deliver on. Warriors of the Storm by Bernard Cornwell, takes us into a historical fiction where peace reigns but with a very fragile presence. Edward and his daughter rule the Kingdoms of Anglo-Saxon England, but splayed around them are others who eye the richness of the lands as well as their wealthy churches. As raiding begins, Uhtred, one of the kingdom’s greatest warriors, holds the city of Chester. When local Northmen allied to the Irish, led by a fierce man named Ragnall Ivarson join forces with the Northumbrians they become a force to be reckoned with.

Uhtred has been at the forefront of many of the battles and his trusty sword Serpent-Breath has helped him in numerous skirmishes to turn the tide. Chester is an important outpost, and Brunanburh where the ships are burned is a part of it. He and his crew have routed the first group but Uhtred knows he must find the rebels and save the land for King and Queen. His own daughter is married to Ivarson’s brother who she met through one of his previous battles but can he trust the truth of their possible duplicity. Uhtred must make decisions between family and loyalty to the crown, between his ambition and his commitment to his King, but can he find the way through such a prickly path to maintain the status of his country.

Cornwell brings us a compelling tale of fierceness and bravery, creating characters that are real and down to earth, with fears and concerns that keep you entranced. His story is set in England, during the historical Anglo-Saxon period. His background and ability to stay true to form is amazing and brings to life the danger of the time. He imbues his battles with just enough danger and gruesome fighting it creates a fast paced rumble that threatens the very lives of all concerned.

If you enjoy rich absorbing novels of historical fiction that follow the treads of our own histories you will find this a great addition to your library. He brings back one of his prior heroes, Uhtred of Bebbanburg, bringing his exploits to further light. Cornwell’s characters jump off the pages and the danger keeps you tense and compelled to continue reading to the very end. Part of a series it will leave you looking for more.

This would be a great book for a reading group.

Rating 3/5

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