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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. 16th, 2009 01:02 am (UTC)
Yeah, I was more than willing to forgive the non-perfect writing, because I did love it.

I thought the model on the cover looked like she had a bit of a spinal condition, but that's the only thing that really bothered me.

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Dec. 16th, 2009 01:08 pm (UTC)
Ah, a good 'broken doll' pose by the model... mayhap I have watched too much America's Next Top Model. Though I was simply impressed with her costuming and she had the Italian look well enough.
Dec. 17th, 2009 12:55 am (UTC)
I loved the costume, it was just that spinal curve. Maybe having spinal problems myself it put me off it a bit more than the average person, though! I'll be reading more, though, that's for sure, no matter the covers (which I know authors - especially new ones - don't always have the most control over).

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