Monday, May 21, 2012

Burning Land, by Bernard Cornwell

In The Burning Land by Bernard Cornwell  King Alfred urges Uhtred to swear to serve Alfred's son and presumed heir, Edward , in the same way. "Uhtred is unwilling to make that commitment, however. He has long wanted to return to his family's stronghold at Bebbanburg in Northumbria and to deal with his uncle, Aelfric, who stole the family properties and titles for him when his father died. He wants his obligation to Alfred and Wessex to end when Alfred, now seriously ill, passes away. Uhtred delivers a message to the Danish Jarl (earl) Haesten, whose fleet threatens Wessex, that Alfred will pay a large ransom for Haesten to leave.  Bishop Asser uses the mad brother Godwin to denounce Uthred's name. Uhtred flies into a rage and kills Godwin. Uhtred retreats to his house, where Uhtred's old friend and mentor, Father Beocca, tells him that Alfred has ordered Uhtred to pay a huge fine and swear an oath to Alfred's son Edward the Aethling. Uhtred breaks his oath to Alfred and sails, with his warriors to Dunholm, his old friend, Ragnar's fortress. Uhtred plans to attack Wessex as revenge but Pyrlig reminds Uhtred that he has given his oath to serve Aethelflaed. Learn how Uhtred saves a crumbling kingdom from a horde of Danes....

 Currently the last of the series The Burning Land was a very interesting book captivating, and ingenious. Again one of the best series that I have read so far continues to get better, and improve on the orignal books. Very exciting, I would recommend this book to anyone who likes historical fiction, and appreciates books of interesting events and stories. Narrated for a first person point - of - view you feel like you are actually in the story. As a rating I would give The Burning Land a 10/10.

Reviewed by P.G. , grade 9

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Things Change, by Patrick Jones

This story describes the relationship between an academically oriented girl, Johanna, with controlling parents who have raised her to do everything their way and a troubled boy, paul, who cannot find a way to live and move on with his life. Paul's father had left him when he was just 12, leaving his born again Christian mother and him to love in a trailer. He copes through his miserable life by drinking, his music: Springsteen, and his best friend, Brad. Johanna gathers up all her courage to let him know that she likes him and he eventually accepts. They fall deeper into love and Paul becomes everything to Johanna and she lets her grades slip up. When Paul becomes frastrated, he lets all his anger out on Johanna; both physically and emotionally, Johanna is bruised and scarred. This story had letters to Paul's dead dad which let us see perspective on the accouts as the story goes along. As the narrator, we see clearly into Johanna's mind and why exactly she loves him. I strongly appreciate and like how this story is written. There are two sides to every story and we see why Paul does the things he does and how much he is hurting, so we don't really take sides, and if we do, we have analyzed both points of view. After reading this, many teens have broken up with their boyfriend/girlfriend and have gotten their strength to do this with the inspiration of Johanna's courage throughout the story. It teaches teens to balance out their lives and friends and relationships. I would recommend this to all of my friends because I know that they would enjoy it. 

-Reviewed by J.P. , grade 8.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Pale Horseman, by Bernard Cornwell

The Pale Horseman by Bernard Cornwell , starts where the last one ended as Uhtred kills Ubba Lothbrokson and earns fame and glory but being married for the first time he goes to his family instead of his king and subsequently Ealdorman Odda takes credit for the victory.  With nothing to do Uhtred takes a ship into enemy waters contradiciting his orders and plunders Danish ships. Meanwhile the Danes attack Wessex once again, this time capturing Wessex and driving King Alfred and Uhtred into marshes. Read to find how a king in a marsh becomes the most renounced king in all of history.

 Bernard Cornwell is an amazing author and one whose books I would rcommend to anyone who likes historical fiction. Cornwell amazingly weaves known facts with made up myths that make the story credible yet highly entertaining. I would give a rating of 9/10 for this amazing book.

- Reviewed by P. G. , grade 9