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Sword Song: The Battle for London de Bernard…

Sword Song: The Battle for London (edição: 2009)

de Bernard Cornwell

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Uhtred has been made Governor of London while Alfred, building fortified towns to hold Wesssex, pushes into Mercia.
Título:Sword Song: The Battle for London
Autores:Bernard Cornwell
Informação:Harper Paperbacks (2009), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 368 pages
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The best book in this series since the first one, the story takes an interesting turn here and the new characters introduced in this one work particularly well. There are also more twists than in any of the other books, and they're pretty effective. ( )
  wishanem | May 27, 2021 |
Wow! Just wow! Uthred is himself again, with the killing and all. He's lured by the Danes that he will become king of Mercia, to then overthrow Alfred with the help of Haesten and co. Two Northmen, brothers, enter the scene as well. Uthred negotiates with them, is able to rescue father Pyrlig. They return to Alfred to witness the marriage between Aethelflaed and Aethelred (Ealdorman of Mercia, Uthred's cousin). And Uthred swore to keep his oath to Alfred. Afterwards Uthred battles the the Norse brothers Thurgilson at Luddgate, where Osferth heavily injures Sigefrid. So much happens in this book, it's hard to not reveal it all. Anyway, Aethelred and Uthred will never be friends, Aethelflaed plays a more important role here (in the context of the Church, later as a captive). Ransom is demanded, Alfred will pay whatever is needed. Secretly Uthred goes then out to rescue Aethelflaed, but not without the obligatory fight, which he hadn't foreseen. And like before, another warlord (so to speak) gets killed. Well, two. Since England is still not formed, the story continues in The Burning Land. Sword Song is very well written story with the usual elements like friendship, love, trust, betrayal... and of course bloody battles, of which the description can make your stomach turn a few times. ( )
  TechThing | Jan 22, 2021 |
(54) The 4th installment of the Saxon series set in 9th century England. In this one Uhtred is married and has children but frankly he is still the unvanquished warrior pledged to serve Alfred the Great, the pious earsling, despite his affinity for the invading Danes. There are new enemies in this one - Siegfried and Eric (who confusingly are being prematurely introduced in Season 2 of the Netflix series.) Their entry into the TV series prompted me to read this installment perhaps sooner than desire would indicate, so maybe I wasn't completely ready for more of the same bloodlust, gore, essentially almost identical battle 'shield wall' scenes form the other novels. But Oh well -- entertaining, nonetheless, despite perhaps some concession to the incredibly repetitive nature of these novels.

Not sure I have much to say beyond this. I think the author's afterword when he reports that indeed this novel is more fiction than history perhaps gave me more of a lukewarm feeling. However, between reading the novels and watching the TV series, I admit, I am hooked and a willing consumer. ( )
  jhowell | Dec 26, 2017 |
Amazing, such quick reading you are swept away. I've never read any historical fiction quite like THIS. It's so incredibly detailed and "real". I believe Mr. Cornwell may be living past lives through hypnosis to write these Uhtred novels! It's as though he's really there describing things only someone walking and looking at the land would see, a hill, a knoll, a crag, the way water moves, the description is incredible but you hardly notice it you are so caught up in the adventures. Wow. Bravo. ( )
  fbswss | Jun 9, 2017 |
The book is set in the late 9th century England and involves several of the primary historical figures of Wessex and Mercia. The characters are well-done, they have depth and are interesting. I can't speak to their historical accuracy, though.

The book gives a very good feel for the time period. The characters strong, their actions are immediate and often cruel by our standards. The culture really comes out.

The story hinges around the fight for London between Danish Vikings in the north and the Saxons in Wessex. King Alfred gives his daughter's hand in an attempt to solidify his hold on London.

I found the fight scenes very detailed and convincing. Their descriptions reveal well-thought out tactics and formations. You can almost smell the sweat and gore.

I hadn't realized it was part of a series. It makes a good stand-alone book, though. It helped to solidify my understanding of that period in English history. ( )
  Nodosaurus | Oct 24, 2016 |
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