Search Results: "Bernard Cornwell"


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THE ARCHER’S TALE by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 9, 2001

"Another top effort from one of today's truly great storytellers. Please, oh please, let it be another series."
Cornwell picks a new epoch to play in and, to no one's surprise, has a ball. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2006

"The confusion of battle is, unsurprisingly, confusing. But Cornwell has this stuff down cold, so it's great fun even with all the smoke and noise."
Captain Richard Sharpe sees action in the battle to keep Cadiz out of the hands of the Corsican Monster. Read full book review >

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THE PALE HORSEMAN by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2006

"Swords, shields, mud and blood. Great stuff, as always, from the master."
Cornwell's tough medieval saga continues after King Alfred's realm is reduced to one swamp and a handful of believers. Read full book review >

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THE EMPTY THRONE by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Cornwell's done it again. New readers: Draw a flagon of ale, and be prepared to find the first seven in the series."
As conspiracies breed in their wake, Lord Uhtred of Bebbanburg and Lady Æthelflaed ally to drive invaders from Mercia in Cornwell's (The Pagan Lord, 2014, etc.) eighth in his Saxon series.Read full book review >

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DEATH OF KINGS by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2012

"The surprise is that Cornwell's love scenes are as deft as his action scenes, though far fewer, of course—all driven by a hard-shelled, sporadically soft-hearted, always charismatic protagonist: George Clooney alert."
It's 898, and life in pre-England is messy, turbulent, quite likely to be short and vividly evoked in Cornwell's masterful 46th novel (The Burning Land, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >

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SWORD SONG by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Consistently fascinating."
The latest installment of Cornwell's vastly entertaining and slyly wise saga of life in ninth-century Britain sees the dyspeptic King Alfred's very young daughter married off to a brute who fancies himself a future monarch. Read full book review >

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THE FLAME BEARER by Bernard Cornwell
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"No lit-fic pretensions here: historical fiction rendered, with little expansion, via battles and royal intrigue and portraits of day-to-day life circa 1000 B.C.E."
Cornwell (Warriors of the Storm, 2016, etc.) draws another rollicking Saxon tale from the period when "the scepter'd isle," soon to be "Englaland," was plagued by Norse and Dane raiders. Read full book review >

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SHARPE'S HONOR by Bernard Cornwell
Released: March 1, 1985

"Dumas, and dollops of zesty gore: another inventive, active outing for the stalwart (if less than endearing) Major Sharpe."
Britain's battle against Napoleon continues, now moving into the 1813 Vitoria campaign in Spain—but this time out Major Richard Sharpe (Sharpe's Company, Sharpe's Sword, etc.) is more involved as an undercover agent than as a military leader. Read full book review >

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THE WINTER KING by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 27, 1996

"The redoubtable Cornwell strikes again."
The author of the accomplished Richard Sharpe naval adventure novels (Sharpe's Battle, 1995, etc.) takes on Camelot in the wonderful beginning of a new series. Read full book review >

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LORDS OF THE NORTH by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 23, 2007

"Blood, guts, history and horses from the expert. Excellent sport."
Cornwell continues The Saxon Novels with further rowdy adventures in the Northern kingdoms (The Pale Horseman, Jan. 2006, etc.). Read full book review >

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WARRIORS OF THE STORM by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"Cornwell's latest is often bloody, sometimes ribald, but always smartly done. Fans might be disappointed with this effort's brevity, though, and new readers will be better served by beginning at the start of the series (The Last Kingdom, 2005)."
"Englaland" [sic], King Alfred once said, "will be God's land," but first the Norse and the Danes, worshippers of the old gods, must be banished, a bloody struggle Cornwell (The Empty Throne, 2015, etc.) chronicles in the ninth of his Saxon series.Read full book review >

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GALLOWS THIEF by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2002

"Standard Cornwell, this time with enough effluvial smells to make a bloodhound hold its breath."
A washed-ashore Cape Codder for the past 20 years, Cornwell has published 18 Richard Sharpe British historicals about soldiering during the Napoleonic Wars (Sharpe's Triumph, 2002), nearly a dozen of which have been seen on PBS. Read full book review >