Warriors of the Storm (The Saxon Stories #9) by Bernard Cornwell
Publisher/Year: Harper, 2016
A fragile peace reigns in Wessex, Mercia, and East Anglia. King Alfred’s son, Edward, and formidable daughter, Æthelflaed, rule the kingdoms. But all around, the restless Northmen are mounting raids.
Uhtred of Bebbanburg, the kingdoms’ greatest warrior, controls northern Mercia, but forces are gathering against him. Northmen allied to the Irish, led by the fierce warrior Ragnall Ivarson, are soon joined by the Northumbrians, and their strength could prove overwhelming. And with Uhtred’s own daughter married to Ivarson’s brother, who can be trusted?
In the struggle between family and loyalty, between personal ambition and political commitment, there will be no easy path. But a man with a warrior’s courage may be able to find it. Such a man is Uhtred, and this may be his finest hour.
What I thought
At this point, it’s pretty evident that I love these stories in this series, so I’ll try to keep it pretty short. I won’t say that this series is faultless. It isn’t, and neither is this installment. I could delve into all that, but I’m not going to. Suffice it to say that despite any faults, I just love these books, and Warriors of the Storm was no exception. It was another romping good adventure! I’ve seen some people say that these books can be read as standalones, but I disagree. I have become so attached to these characters over the series, especially Uhtred. Without giving anything away, I will say that I was sad to see the final fate of one of the series’ original characters.
I am hopeful that the next book will see Uhtred going to retake Bebbanburg. And I hope that Finan will continue to play a bigger role in the story–I LOVED his part in this book! I will truly never tire of following these characters.
Now, it’s time for book #10, the last Uhtred story I can get my hands on for now.