“The Flame Bearer”

Bernard Cornwell

Finally, Cornwell’s aging warrior protagonist Uthred gets his chance to recover Bebbanburg, his ancestral home. This, the sequel to “Warriors of the Storm” is yet another great book in the “Saxon Tales” series.

Shortly before reading this, I tried watching the second season of “The Last Kingdom“, the BBC adaptation of the series. I gave up, partly because it portrayed Uhtred is just too pretty. The TV Uhtred’s flowing locks clashed with my image of books’ tough, scarred hero. Thus I laughed when, in the first two pages of “The Flame Bearer”, Cornwell has Uhtred mocking one of his soldiers for his long hair which, he says, just provides a convenient handle for his enemies.