The Pale Horseman

The Pale Horseman

Paperback - 2005
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Enter the historical world of THE PALE HORSEMAN, a story of divided loyalties and desperate heroism, with a wonderful range of characters desperately striving to survive as the battle sweeps over them.

The compelling sequel to the bestselling THE LAST KINGDOM.

Uhtred, Northumbrian born, raised a Viking and now married to a Saxon, is already a formidable figure and warrior. But at twenty he is still arrogant, pagan and headstrong, so not a comfortable ally for the thoughtful, pious Alfred. But these two, with Alfred's family and a few of Uhtred's companions, are apparently all that remains of the Wessex leadership after a disastrous truce.

It is the lowest time for the Saxons. Defeated comprehensively by the Vikings who now occupy most of England, Alfred and his surviving followers retreat to the trackless marshlands of Somerset. There, forced to move restlessly to escape betrayal or detection, using the marsh mists for cover, they travel by small boats from one island to another, hoping that they can regroup and find some more strength and support.

They seek refuge in Athelney, a tidal swamp to which Alfred's kingdom has shrunk. Uhtred finds himself torn between his Danish foster brother and the winning Vikings, and his growing respect for the stubborn leadership of Alfred. He must decide whether to rebuild the Saxons' strength from his watery base and help them to take on the Vikings once more.

Publisher: London, England : HarperCollins, 2005.
ISBN: 9780007149926
Characteristics: 351 pages :,map ;,24 cm.


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Jul 09, 2014

Enjoying the Uhtred books. It was like catching up with a friend picking up the second one - looking forward to number three.

Feb 21, 2012

Sharpe goes to Saxon England :-)

Still a good time.

Mar 24, 2011

EXCELLENT! With three of England's four kingdoms conquered, only one man stands between the Danes and the utter annihilation of his country - King Alfred the Great. Uhtred at his warrior worst.

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Aug 26, 2011

xxfalconxx thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over


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