War of the Wolf

War of the Wolf

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Uhtred of Bebbanburg has won back his ancestral home but, threatened from all sides by enemies both old and new, he doesn't have long to enjoy the victory. In Mercia, rebellion is in the air as King Edward tries to seize control. In Wessex, rival parties scramble to settle on the identity of the next king. And across the country invading Norsemen continue their relentless incursion, ever hungry for land. Uhtred finds himself once again torn between his two heritages.For decades, Uhtred has stood at the intersection between Pagan and Christian, between Saxon and Viking, between the old world he was born into and the new world being forged around him. But as the winds of change gather pace, the pressure on Uhtred as father, as politician and as warrior grows as never before.
Publisher: London, England : HarperCollins Publishers, 2018.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780008183844
Branch Call Number: Fic Corn
Characteristics: xi, 333 pages : map ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Gilkes, John - Illustrator


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Dec 11, 2020

I feel like the middle part of the series started to drag a bit. Books 10, 11, 12 have picked back up in pace. These are so fun to read as a break from reading nonfiction and more literary works.

Oct 18, 2020

Mr Cornwell is a great author. His novels are very well researched and very readable. I am a great fan and have read everything he has written. however I am just starting to think that this series is becoming a little bit formulaic? Still great reading but a little predictable.

I really cannot find much to add to all the other (very positive) reviews. This book, #11 in "The Last Kingdom" series is as well told as all the others. Uhtred is not merely old (he is in his mid-60s in the early 920s C.E.), but positively ancient, by the standards of the time! He is, nevertheless, as cunning as ever, and still able to enjoy the charms of little Mus, the harlot with a heart of gold (this is discreetly alluded to at the end of chapter 6, on p. 176). The battle that ends the book is a cliff-hanger, but its resolution, like all those portrayed by Cornwell in his books, is thoroughly believable.The bilingual list of place names (p. iii); the map (p. xi); and the pen-and-ink drawing of Heahburh [Whitley Castle] (p. 230) are all most helpful. As I write these words, the world is in "lockdown" mode, hiding from COVID-19, and world travel is next to impossible. However, I would urge all those who are able, at some future date, to travel the length of Hadrian's Wall (Carlisle to South Shields), if possible on foot or by bicycle, and bask in the atmosphere of this magical part of Britain. There are hotels; B & Bs; and hostels (the ones run by Hostelling International are my preference). You will be able to visit the parts of the Wall still standing (alas, all too few), and well-organized museums, and pick up relevant books. Back in 1962, I hiked with two friends from Hexham in England to Jedburgh in Scotland, following the North Tyne river until it became a tiny stream. I will never, ever forget the call of the curlew, or the sound of a shepherd, issuing orders to his dog, as they rounded up the sheep dotting the bare, wind-swept hillsides. The ghosts of generations of Celts, Picts, Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Danes, and rustling reivers were everywhere we went.

Sep 08, 2020

Have read a great many of the author's books & he never disappoints! Have requested many of the Last Kingdom/Uthred series & Just re-read this (#11) & the next "Sword of Kings" (#12) before the newest chapter "War Lord" is available in Nov. 2020. What a great series - you will enjoy! (FYI-They've completed 4 seasons on Netflix with more planned).

Aug 27, 2019

Very much the good stuff that readers expect from Corwell's Saxon Tales - the clanking chaos of battles and shield wall scrums, grumpy lovable impiety, twisted political intrigue, and a climactic, desperate final battle scene (with a surprise in store).

Apr 25, 2019

He just keeps on getting better and better. All of his Saxon Tales all well and darkly written and quite amazing. I’m afraid that my understanding of life in these days will have become irreversibly coloured by Cornwell. Was life really this nasty and brutish and short or was this just something stored up for special days?

Nov 21, 2018

Well it's all been explained in the other reviews extremely well. It's an interesting time in England's history with a lot of people positioning themselves or one of their own bloodline to be in line for the next crown. Also watching Christianity taking the place of the pagan Gods is fascinating. Mr Caldwall does the historical novel extremely well & keeps me fascinated all the way through. He gives us a great read.
The bottom line is, though.....I love Uhtred he's my hero & I want him to win.
Thanks also for carrying on past number 10.

Nov 04, 2018

I believe this book 11 in Cornwell’s Saxon Tales. The last book ‘Warriors of the Storm’ Uhtred finally gained possession of his ancestral home Bebbanburg, so I wasn’t sure where this book would go. King Alfred is dead, his daughter Æthelflæd ruling in Mercia has also passed away and King Alfred’s son Edward is now King of Wessex. He wants to unite all of the Kingdoms in England like his father, but in ‘War of the Wolf’ Edward is ill and has several children legitimate and illegitimate who are scheming for his throne. Uhtred was a trusted advisor to Alfred and lover to Æthelflæd. His daughter is married to Sigtryggr who is now King of Northumbria. Bebbanburg is located in Northumbria and Uhtred worries that King Edward will invade Northumbria since he has taken control of Mercia and wants to control all of England. Lots of fighting going on (as usual), political maneuvering (as usual) and the ongoing discord between the Christians and the Pagans. The Danes have settled in East Anglia and the Norse are a problem in the West. One Dane ousted from Ireland is looking for a new kingdom for himself and looking at Northumbria. Uhtred has problems on all sides and he is getting older . . . Cornwell always puts together a great historical novel with colorful characters. A good quick read. I was wondering if the television series was still being made, but see that SPL has Season 3 of the Last Kingdom on order, so get reading to catch up with Uhtred and family.

Oct 29, 2018

I was so happy to see Bernard Cornwell return to the Saxon Tales series with WAR OF THE WOLF. Uhtred of Bebbanburg is back, but with some interesting twists. While the plotting and fighting of the various factions for control of the emerging "England" continues, the divide comes in to much sharper focus in this novel. There is the same passion of individuals who seek to be at the top of the power heap for their personal gain, but the long-simmering theological disputes between pagans and Christians is now emerging as an ever-growing, strong issue. The sarcasm and wit Cornwell uses in this respect is much more pointed and yet shows the strengths and weaknesses on both sides of the divide. And then there is the issue of Uhtred's aging. Now 60, we see for the first time, that he is not the irrepressible warrior and that his age now opens up new vulnerabilities in terms of his physical abilities to wage war. Cornwell has been a genius at aging Uhtred throughout this series, and now for the first time we see tangible, physical weakness emerging in Uhtred - but he remains relentless in his exploits. I still very much respect Cornwell for ending each book in this series with several pages where he separates the facts that are the basis of his novel from the parts he has created through his own imagination. Would that all writers of historical fiction would do the same. And I appreciate the diligence of his research, and that so many of his characters are real historical figures, including Uhtred, as are many of the places and events within the novel. Uhtred is a long way from dead yet, and I look forward to the next installment of Saxon Tales.


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