Genre: Historical

Book Review: The Pagan Lord (The Warrior Chronicles) by Bernard Cornwell

Book Review: The Pagan Lord (The Warrior Chronicles) by Bernard Cornwell

“Five things make a man happy,” I told him, “a good ship, a good sword, a good hound, a good horse, and a woman.” “Not a good woman?” Finan asked, amused. “They’re all good,” I said, “except when they’re not, and then they’re better than good.”  ― Bernard Cornwell, The Pagan Lord  The Good…: I’ve enjoyed all […]

Book Review: Death of Kings (The Warrior Chronicles) by Bernard Cornwell)

Book Review: Death of Kings (The Warrior Chronicles) by Bernard Cornwell)

“Every day is ordinary, until it isn’t.”  ― Bernard Cornwell, Death of Kings The Good…: I LOVE THIS SERIES! Bernard Cornwell’s Death of Kings is another book in his Saxon Stories series to be essentially chock-full of battle scenes from beginning to end. After Alfred dies, other contenders for the crown come out of the woodwork to try to snatch the […]

Book Review: The Burning Land (The Warrior Chronicles) by Bernard Cornwell

Book Review: The Burning Land (The Warrior Chronicles) by Bernard Cornwell

 The Good…: The fifth book in Bernard Cornwell’s Saxon Stories/The Warrior Chronicles, The Burning Land, picks up about two years after the incidents in the previous book. Uhtred and Gisela are expecting their fourth child, and life couldn’t be better. Until Alfred asks Uhtred to help him fight a new Danish conquer with his sights on Wessex. […]

Book Review: Lords of the North (The Warrior Chronicles) by Bernard Cornwell

Book Review: Lords of the North (The Warrior Chronicles) by Bernard Cornwell

“Wyrd bið ful aræd”  ― Bernard Cornwell, Lords of the North The Good…: Author Bernard Cornwell continues to embed amazingly written battle scenes with narrative in the third entry to his Saxon Stories, Lords of the North. Like the last novel, this novel picks up right after (a month later) the events in The Pale Horseman. Uhtred has helped win Alfred’s […]

Book Review: The Pale Horseman (The Warrior Chronicles) by Bernard Cornwell

Book Review: The Pale Horseman (The Warrior Chronicles) by Bernard Cornwell

“We make children and wealth and amass land and build halls and assemble armies and give great feasts, but only one thing survives us. Reputation.”  ― Bernard Cornwell, The Pale Horseman The Good…:  While I enjoyed The Last Kingdom a lot, Bernard Cornwell’s sequel, The Pale Horseman, was even better. In The Last Kingdom Cornwell spends a lot of time (as he should) […]

Book Review: The Last Kingdom (The Warrior Chronicles) by Bernard Cornwell

Book Review: The Last Kingdom (The Warrior Chronicles) by Bernard Cornwell

“Pride makes a man, it drives him, it is the shield wall around his reputation… Men die, they said, but reputation does not die.”  ― Bernard Cornwell, The Last Kingdom  The Good…: If you are a fan of History’s The Vikings, then Bernard Cornwell’s The Last Kingdom is the book for you! This story takes place after Ragnar Lothbrok has died, […]

Book Review: Outlander (Revisited)

Book Review: Outlander (Revisited)

“But just then, for that fraction of time, it seems as though all things are possible. You can look across the limitations of your own life, and see that they are really nothing. In that moment when time stops, it is as though you know you could undertake any venture, complete it and come back […]

Book Review: The Last Ride of Caleb O’Toole

Book Review: The Last Ride of Caleb O’Toole

  The Good…: I read this book with my 5th grade students and they were completely sucked into the novel. So much so, that they didn’t balk at having reading for homework, and doing extensive writing about some of the novel’s themes and events. The book also helped reenforce what they’ve learned all school year […]

Book Review: The King’s Curse (The Cousins’ War #6) by Philippa Gregory

Book Review: The King’s Curse (The Cousins’ War #6) by Philippa Gregory

Philippa Gregory returns to her acclaimed The Cousins’ War series with the sixth installment, The King’s Curse. This novel tells the fascinating story of Margaret Pole, Henry VIII’s cousin, and lady-in-waiting to Katherine of Aragon. Picking up years after the previous novel, The White Princess, left off, we find Margaret Pole, daughter of George, Duke of Clarence, learning of the curse […]

Book Review: Bring Up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell #2) by Hilary Mantel

Book Review: Bring Up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell #2) by Hilary Mantel

I’ve always been enthralled by Tudor England, even as a child. Growing up in the Episcopal (Anglican) Church, Henry VIII fascinated me, because I couldn’t comprehend how a man (even a king) could break away from the Catholic Church, and form his own during a time when the Pope reigned supreme over Catholic countries. Henry […]