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The Saxon Stories

REVIEW: The Last Kingdom Season 3

The Last Kingdom Season 3 continues the tale based on Bernard Cornwell’s The Saxon Stories. Once a BBC production, Season 3 now has Netflix in complete control and the jump in production and quality...

REVIEW: The Last Kingdom Season 2

The Last Kingdom Season 2 from Netflix continues Uhtred Ragnarson’s quest to reclaim his home. The second season adapts the third and fourth novels of Bernard Cornwell’s The Saxon Stories about the birth of...

REVIEW: Warriors of the Storm by Bernard Cornwell

Warriors of the Storm is the 9th entry in The Saxon Stories series that follows Uhtred of Bebbanburg and it is my favourite of the books so far. It has a brilliant opening and...

REVIEW: The Burning Land by Bernard Cornwell

In The Burning Land, the fifth entry in The Saxon Stories, we follow the escapades of a 35 or 36-year-old Uhtred of Bebbanburg. He’s still Alfred’s oathman and has been residing in Lundune. The...

REVIEW: The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell

In The Last Kingdom, we follow Uhtred. son of Uhtred who is the Ealdorman of Bebbanburg by birthright. In the first-person perspective, Uhtred tells us his tale and throughout The Last Kingdom, he presents...

SFF books in 2021: What the GdM team can’t wait to read next year

Welcome to 2021, where the SFF books we’re excited about are just as good as those we loved from 2020, but hopefully with the world not on fire or drowning in plague this time!...

Grimdark Historicals’ Rising Stars

It’s no news to any Grimdark fans that George R.R. Martin is often credited with the rise of grimdark fantasy, a modern form of ‘anti-Tolkien’ fantasy writing. Despite this, it’s often heard that Martin’s...

REVIEW: Votan and Other Novels by John James

A three-book omnibus published by Gollancz in their Fantasy Masterworks line, this was the first I had heard of John James. Found in a second-hand bookshop near York Minster, it contains Votan, Not For...

REVIEW: Lancelot by Giles Kristian

Lancelot is an epic and thrilling take on the Arthurian legend that is presented in the first-person perspective through the eyes of Lancelot – the prince and the warrior who becomes Lord Arthur’s best...

REVIEW: Blood Eye by Giles Kristian

Blood Eye is a grim and gritty tale of ferocious Norse raiders in the 9th century. It has bone-crunching action sequences and a Norse flavour that will leave you desperate to don your ring-maille...