War Lord – Staff Pick – Haley

War Lord by Bernard Cornwell (Request)

War Lord is the epic conclusion of Cornwell’s thirteen Saxon Stories book series. In 2004 Bernard Cornwell introduced readers to Uhtred of Bebbanburg. Over the past seventeen years fans have followed Uhtred’s journey from a young boy captured by Danes to a man long in years and battle scars. The vivid writing of this series was so well received it was adapted for television and can be seen on Netflix.

I put off reading this book for several months because I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to the Saxon Stories, but I shouldn’t have doubted the power of Cornwell’s writing. While bittersweet, War Lord was his perfect mix of fiction, history, humor, and battles. Our journey with Uhtred, changing as a person over the span of his life, was perfectly concluded in this final novel. The ending was fitting and tied the entire series together.

War Lord – 4 Stars
Saxon Stories Series – 5 Stars