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A new hero emerges to save England in 866 not 2006

Advantages: Great new series of compelling historical fiction
Disadvantages: You will want to read the other two books straight away!!

The Last Kingdom is the first book in a new trilogy by Bernard Cornwell about Saxon and Norse Britain at the time of Alfred the Great (9th Century). The other two books in the series are Pale Horseman (see my earlier review) and Lords of the North (just ...

Jamesconnolly75 25.07.2006 · Read full review
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Review of The Last Kindom - Bernard Cornwell

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More Viking invasions? Oh, go on then!

Advantages: Writing style, pace and characters, hard to put down
Disadvantages: Nothing really

The difference between Bernard Cornwell and a lot of other authors is that you know every word of his text is important, and you feel comfortable taking that little bit more time to read his work thoroughly. His novels are set against factual historical b ...

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Review of The Pale Horseman - Bernard Cornwell

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Viking & Saxons do Battle for Britain!

Advantages: Great writing style & rich deep characters
Disadvantages: Too short - only 300 odd pages - I wish it was longer

Synopsis: The Pale Horseman is the second book in Bernard Cornwell's Alfred the Great series set in 9th Century Britain and the sequel to the bestselling The Last Kingdom. This book like its predecessor follows the character of Uhtred of Bebbanberg, a la ...

Jamesconnolly75 12.07.2006 · Read full review
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Review of The Pale Horseman - Bernard Cornwell

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ENGLISH MAGIC REVIVAL

Advantages: interesting concept, well written, great imagery
Disadvantages: too long, lack of character development, fails to emotionally connect

Neil Gaiman said, apparently, that 'Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell' is unquestionably the finest English novel of the fantastic written in the last 70 years. That is possible, though it does seem extremely generous, even if by English we take 'coming fro ...

magdadh 01.04.2005 · Read full review
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Review of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell - Susanna Clarke

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Strangely Compelling

Advantages: An enchanting story
Disadvantages: The footnotes can annoy and the language can be a bit tricky.

You can tell how far a book has reached into the public consciousness by counting the number of people you see reading it on the London Underground. It is relatively rare to see more than one person in a single carriage reading the same book and it's not ...

Soho_Black 30.07.2006 · Read full review
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Review of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell - Susanna Clarke

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