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I’ve read (and listened to) a lot of great books this year. If I had to pick a favorite, I’d choose Bernard Cornwell’s, Lords of the North, the third book in his Saxon series.

Here’s the book blurb:
The Lords of the North begins soon after the events described in The Pale Horseman. Uhtred, having helped Alfred secure Wessex as an independent Saxon kingdom, returns north in an attempt to find his stepsister. Instead he discovers chaos, civil war and treachery in Northumbria. He takes the side of Guthred, once a slave and now a man who would be king, and in return expects Guthred's help in capturing Dunholm, the lair of the dark Viking lord, Kjartan. There is [fencing, fighting,] betrayal, romance [possibly true love] and war, and all of it, as usual, based on real events.

I’ve always liked historical fiction and there’s something about the way Mr. Cornwell contrives to make his poor characters suffer (usually by making them long for something they can never get) that I find irresistible, as anyone who’s enjoyed his Sharpe or Starbuck Chronicles novels will agree.

I'm sure there are those who don't care for his work, and I'm the first to admit that Mr. Cornwell loves his adverbs, but so what? The man writes compelling stories that keep you coming back for more, and that should be good enough for everyone, don't you think?

The next Uhtred novel, The Burning Land, comes out in the US next month.

I’m already excited about reading it. I thoroughly recommend the whole series.

How about you?

What’s the best book you’ve read this year?


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Dec. 15th, 2009 05:41 pm (UTC)
YIKES! How could I have forgotten the Book of Lost Things. Gads, I loved it.
Dec. 15th, 2009 11:16 pm (UTC)
It was a most excellent read. Found it in a charity shop purely by chance and picked it up on a whim. One of the best things I've read period, let alone this year.
Dec. 15th, 2009 11:21 pm (UTC)
Absolutely agreed. I read it, Mythago Wood and The Color of the Wind right in a row. They lend well to one another, when you're in the mood for myth and creepy stuff.
Dec. 16th, 2009 08:05 am (UTC)
Oooh, I haven't read either of those. I shall keep an eye out - thank you! :-)
Dec. 16th, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
If you loved Book of Lost Things, you will LOVE Mythago Wood.
Dec. 15th, 2009 11:52 pm (UTC)
I read this one. I wanted to love it. I really did. I loved the premise but something kept me from loving it. Not sure what. I strongly liked it. I saw a lot of psychological underpinnings and considered for some clients and then thought against it.
Dec. 16th, 2009 08:07 am (UTC)
I loved it all the way up to the final chapter, which I really didn't like at all. It was not the ending I felt the book should have, but then you can't please everyone, and I am sure I have liked endings that others haven't.
Dec. 16th, 2009 01:49 pm (UTC)
Maybe that was my issue. The ending. There was something that stopped me from loving it.

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