Lords of the North by Bernard Cornwell

Lords of the North (The Saxon Stories, #3)Uhtred the pagan Saxon who was raised as a Dane continues to be conflicted about serving King Alfred – but fate is fate.

There’s some beautiful pieces of Kingly treachery, but Uhtred’s feelings about kings are more complicated that action-reaction. Kings, slaves, warriors – all are subject to their fate/weird, and don’t the three spinners love a good joke? Hah. Ha ha ha, fates.

Uhtred still has a wife in a nunnery – who might or might not be alive – but guess who else has been in a nunnery for a while? Meanwhile Hild the former nun also has some conflict in her character arc, which is very interesting – most women in this series are fairly one dimensional. This is not a complaint, the way it usually is, because a lot of characters here are deliberately one-dimensional as hard as they can. It is their fate!

I wonder if Bernard Cornwell can write a book called ‘The Once and Future Nun’ based on this version of Hild. All his other books are heavily male-centered.

As always, I rec Hild by Nicola Griffith as an excellent book full of world-building and three-dimensional characters, fate and arranging your destiny, politics and friendship.

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