Let’s get started on my latest read. This is Warriors of the Storm by Bernard Cornwell, the author famously known for his historical fictions. It is apparently the 9th novel in the Last Kingdom series but I find it can be easily read as a stand alone novel.
In this historical nonvel, the Anglo-Saxons have a dream: to unify all the territories of England under one king, one language and one religion. However, the Danes and the Norsemen are threatening that dream. Among them is Ragnall, one savage Viking who wants to be king of all Britian (all of Ireland included). Uthred, lord of Chester, though a pagan, fights for the Christians and Alfred the Great’s dream.
The battles are vividly described and the military strategies are brillantly formed and executed. No romances of love stories are present in this novel which is bonus in my opinion. The characters are well-developed and unique. The female characters are a force to be reckoned with and very powerful in an all-men world. This was one of the novel’s best features.
The pace is intense, the quality of writing very good and the cover very beautiful.
Lastly, I want to say that the novel is about a war of territory, of pride and of religion which shed some unflattering but realistic light on Christianity. It is a man novel which can be enjoyed by everybody.
Ultimately, I rated this novel 3*/5.