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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 07:58 pm (UTC)
And they said The Glitter Band had no chance after Gary left ;)
Dec. 15th, 2009 11:25 pm (UTC)
hah, just for reminding me of the Glitter Band: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62FaSYFeHbM (why should I be the only one with the song stuck in my head *g*)

I got Jennifer Fallon's Chaos Chrystal (final in the Tide Lord series) last Christmas, and it's been re-read three times this year. I also got Glenda Larke's The Last Stormlord (book 1 in the new series), but I don't think either of these have been released over there.

It'd be interesting to see if books like Larke's could hit similar emotional chords with those from a place not in drought, as it did with me. Fallon's book had a (for me) incredibly satisfying finish. My first reaction was 'Wow!' I pushed away from the story, came back to it, read it again, and still couldn't think of any further coherent reaction. I found it an unusual finish to a fantasy series, but loved it. Whereas a friend said the unusualness totally threw her from the story. I think it's a series people will either love or hate, based on the ending.
Dec. 16th, 2009 09:22 am (UTC)
I always thought they peaked with 'Let's Get Together Again' myself ;)

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