Book Review: The Flame Bearer (Saxon Stories #10) by Bernard Cornwell
“When a man cannot fight he should curse. The gods like to feel needed.”
Read this book. I can’t imagine anyone starting a series with the tenth installment, but if you’ve read a few and slacked off this is a good place to jump back in. Classic Uhtred.
“… and stroked a stone down a sword already as sharp as the shear wielded by the three fates.”
Cornwell is a master of historical fiction, though he admits that he’s run out of history and in this story, “Just about everything is invention.”
“We’re outnumbered and they have the high ground. Does that mean we’re attacking?” “Of course, it does.”
The battle scenes are gory, the coincidences monumental, and the stakes are higher than ever. Leaven with just a touch of humor.
“You’re an idiot.” “Men often tell me I’m like you, Father.”
“Men see what they want to see.”
Interesting review.The book is not my thing, but admire any writer who writes ten volumes!