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The Pale Horseman (Alfred the Great 2)

October 29, 2005

The Pale Horseman (Alfred the Great 2) by Bernard Cornwell (HarperCollins, 2006) I am growing more and more convinced that Bernard Cornwell is actually triplets. There’s no way one man could write so many books so fast and still have them all be so good. Just a month or so back I finished SHARPE’S ESCAPE (HarperCollins, 2005, and just dandy, thank you), the latest installment in the long-running series about rifleman Richard Sharpe and the Napoleonic Wars, and now here comes THE PALE HORSEMAN, the second volume in the tale of Uhtred of Northumbia in the days of Alfred the Great. This one is the sequel to THE LAST KINGDOM and I am already eager for the next installment. Whether he’s writing about Saxons in a shield wall or Redcoats firing off a musket volley, no one does battles better than Bernard Cornwell, and he captures the flavor(s) of the period(s) wonderfully as well. I note that Cornwell dedicates this one to another of my favorite authors. George MacDonald Fraser. Hey, maybe one day they will collaborate, and we’ll get to see a very young Flashman meet up with a very old Sharpe…

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