Enter a world where bloody battles, and heroic deeds combine in the hi storic struggle to unite Britain in the face of a common enemy. The th ird instalment in Bernard Cornwell's "King Alfred" series, follows on from the outstanding previous novels "The Last Kingdom" and "The Pale Horseman". The year is 878 and Wessex is free from the Vikings. Uhtred , the dispossessed son of a Northumbrian lord, helped Alfred win that victory, but now he is disgusted by Alfred's lack of generosity and re pelled by the king's insistent piety. He flees Wessex, going back nort h to seek revenge for the killing of his foster father and to rescue h is stepsister, captured in the same raid. He needs to find his old ene my, Kjartan, a renegade Danish lord who lurks in the formidable strong hold of Dunholm. Uhtred arrives in the north to discover rebellion, ch aos and fear. His only ally is Hild, a West Saxon nun fleeing her call ing, and his best hope is his sword, with which he has made a formidab le reputation as a warrior. He will need the assistance of other warri ors if he is to attack Dunholm and he finds Guthred, a slave who belie ves he is a king.He takes him across the Pennines to where a desperate alliance of fanatical Christians and beleaguered Danes form a new arm y to confront the terrible Viking lords who rule Northumbria. "The Lor ds of the North" is a powerful story of betrayal, romance and struggle , set in an England of turmoil, upheaval and glory. Uhtred, a Northumb rian raised as a Viking, a man without lands, a warrior without a coun try, has become a splendid heroic figure.