The Flame Bearer

The Flame Bearer

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Britain is at an uneasy peace. After their bloody defeat of Danish-held East Anglia, the West Saxons stand victorious while the Mercians have taken back their land on the border of Northumbria, the last kingdom of Britain still ruled by the pagan northmen. A precarious truce exists between Aethelflaed's Mercia and Northumbria, now ruled by Uhtred of Bebbanburg's son-in-law, Sigtryggr. Under the cover of this fragile calm, Uhtred must begin his campaign that will end with the assault on Bebbanburg, the great fortress that is rightly his and was stolen from him in childhood. But his plans are shattered when the Scots surge down and lay claim to the north of England, as the West Saxons, under Uhtred's old enemy, Aethelhelm, invade Northumbria from the south. If Uhtred is to succeed in recapturing Bebbanburg he must both defeat Aethelhelm's forces and drive the Scots away before he can attack the formidable fortress by the sea. He has a small army and many enemies, but Uhtred is not the supreme warlord of Britain for nothing ...
Publisher: London : HarperCollins Publishers, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780007504268
9780007504213
Branch Call Number: CORNWEL
Characteristics: 284 pages : map ; 24 cm

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Cornwell does it again. A rip-roaring yarn of the 10th century. Our hero is an "ancient of days," but still acquits himself well in a battle. What is fascinating is the way he outwits his enemies. He is a great strategist, and his insights into the mercenary nature of the Christian church and most of its members are delightful.

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Feb 09, 2017

The Flame Bearer. By Bernard Cornwell. Bernard Cornwell is an accomplished author of historical fiction who writes in three quite distinct genres. The most extensive is the story of Richard Sharpe, a sharpshooter, set in the Napoleonic Wars. He has also written a number of novels that do not make up any part of any series, the favourite of which is “Agincourt”. And then there are his novels set in ninth century Britain, in that era where the Norsemen and the Angles are vying for control of what is to become England.
No need to tell you about the plot except to say there’s gut and gore aplenty and to suggest that no one writes a battle with sea axes, spears, swords, shields more exquisitely than Cornwell.
This is the most recent of Cornwell’s novel. What a pleasant surprise to see it come up on my “ to read list”.

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JeffBowman
Feb 05, 2017

I too have been a fan of the series....I have to say this one wasn't up to the task. Very scripted, predictable, and yes boring. Maybe 70-80 pages of action and the rest a re-hash of what's been said before - Still a fan and am looking forward to the next. Everything can't be five star and this one proves the case. I got a feeling the publisher is making a lot of $$ and just wants product mediocre as is - Next one will be better.

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Eosos
Jan 26, 2017

What to say, when this is the 10th book in a series I obviously enjoy.
It's not my favorite, I thought it a little rushed and a little easy and a little, well, boring really. Everything just seems to go so swimmingly for Uhtred in this one, that's not the man I'm used to, he's always in trouble, or trying to get out of trouble or creating more trouble. Not predicting his enemies moves with such accuracy and succeeding in everything he tries.
But I shouldn't complain, I still like him and the story and the series. I look forward to more.

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grandmasunnianne
Jan 20, 2017

It would be a good idea to link the television series based on these books so that fans could more easily access

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jazpur
Dec 18, 2016

Of course... I could hardly wait for this one to be published.. Bernard Cornwell is a superb narrator who can be guaranteed to give the full flavour of the history of C9 ununited Britain in this Last Kingdom series.Uhtred's attitude to early Christians is practical. Very gory skirmishes.Slashing and burning in the extreme. A riveting read.

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