The Pale Horseman
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This book is pretty much what I’d expected, a good story and plot with plenty of detail about the way of life and beliefs of the people in the 9th century.
Good historical research and good characters help drive the story along and once again it seems that Uthred is “doomed” to stick with Alfred (what a boring, pious, poor excuse for a king!).
In The Last Kingdom there’s a brilliant description of a battle and the shield wall terrifying experience which really makes you feel like you’re there amidst all the carnage. In this book some of the descriptions aren’t as vivid but still the author proves he has a knack for this sort of writing, the whole experience in the marshes is proof of that.
The ending was less than satisfying because it obviously leaves a lot of things hanging for the following book, and also the final battle gets settled very fast, when compared with the time it took to set up the armies and take up positions.
One of the good things is that Uthred is still a pagan and is not intending on changing religions, let’s hope he keeps that way.
I’ll be passing it along to conto who has it on her wishlist.
Sorry for the delay on journaling; I'm not sure how long it'll take to get my eyes on it, but I'll come back to say how I felt about it afterwords.
Anyway, I liked it as much as the first one even if, like Uthred, I long for the Danes: I liked the descriptions of life with them better (I guess more thrilling!) for life with Alfred can indeed be boring. Nevertheless, the life of people in those times is always very well crafted by Cornwell and the clashes between cultures and traditions, being it from the Saxons, the Danes, the Britons or even the remains of the "old ones" is wonderfully captured and depicted.
My favorite part was also the experience in the swamp, almost being able to feel the wet and the moist all the time.
Thanks a lot kizmiaz. It's going back home now.
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I'm not familiar with the book at all, but my boss has recommended the author to me before, so I'm very happy to have it. Thank you.
Reserved for the 2010 Never Judge a Book By Its Cover Release Challenge which week 32 features a book with words or pictures related to EKKA on the cover. (In this case, the Horse Show.)
And the 2010 Track Your Challenge Releases Challenge, hosted by Jare.
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