The year is 872,
and many of the separate kingdoms of what we now know as England have fallen to
the invading Danes, leaving the great kingdom of Wessex standing alone and
defiant under the command of King Alfred. Against this turbulent backdrop lives
our hero, Uhtred. Born the son of a Saxon nobleman, he is captured by the Danes
and raised as one of their own. Forced to choose between the country of his
birth and the people of his upbringing, his loyalties are ever tested. What is
he? Saxon or Dane? On a quest to reclaim his birthright, Uhtred must tread a
dangerous path between both sides if he is to play his part in the birth of a
new nation and, ultimately, recapture his ancestral lands.
description for episode 1:
When Uhtred loses
his father in battle, his lands and inheritance are taken by his scheming
uncle, Aelfric, who becomes a puppet-lord for the ruling Danes. Uhtred is
captured by his father’s killers and brought up by Danish warlord Ragnar. Now a
young Danish warrior, when his surrogate family is murdered by a group of
vengeful Danes, Uhtred finds himself alone; neither Saxon nor Dane.
I’m a huge
Vikings fan so I thought I would check this one out. It’s based on a series of
books called the Saxon Tales by Bernard Cornwell. I really like it so far. We
see a different side to the Viking invasions of what is now England.
Wilkin Brattle, a
warrior knight in the charge of King Edward I, trades his sword for a peaceful
farming life -- until the violence of his past finds him and forces him to pick
up the bloodiest sword of all.
It started kind of slow, but I really like
this dark medieval series by the creator of Sons of Anarchy and hope it doesn’t
get cancelled. It’s the real deal as far as medieval politics, complete with
people being tortured and killed for heresy by the church. The upper class is
greedy and cares little for the poor. I guess times haven’t changed much. The
main character is easy to like because he may be one of the few with actual
compassion and remorse.
Resting her head
against the edge of the tub, she stared at the sky. Kasin, the Zeus lover,
surprisingly treated her gently. She had expected to be brutalized or worse.
With the fair skin and height of those imposing men from the northern
mountains, he looked like those who worshipped the Sky god above the goddesses,
yet he also possessed a temperate manner unlike those brutal, warlike people.
She couldn’t imagine living under the rule of the vile centaurs.
Her skin prickled
in response to the cooling water. “I am ready to get out now.”
holding his hand over his eyes, and tripped over a branch.
balance, he said with some annoyance, “I am glad you find that so amusing.”
“You do not have
to close your eyes. Just refrain from staring at anything worth staring at.”
She laughed, not sure why she told him that. He made her feel giddy, something
that had never happened to her before now in the presence of this man.
Opening his eyes,
he kept his gaze lowered as he helped her stand. Keeping his eyes fixed on her
lower legs, he wrapped a large cloth around her and then lifted her out of the
Her body didn’t
ache as badly as it had before the bath. Gradually, her body was healing.
“How was the
bath?” He helped her put on her tunic, which covered her upper body to her
“It was quite
enjoyable. You can look up now if you wish.”
His gaze swept up
her body in a way that made her face and body flush. She was entering into a
dangerous game, but her vow didn’t seem to apply here so far away from Artemis.
With his help, she
pulled on her leggings. His hands felt hot each time he brushed against her
bare skin. Her skin tingled beneath his seemingly innocent touch. He hesitated,
holding on to her hips a moment longer than was necessary.
The air between
them felt like the aftermath of a lightning storm. She had no idea what was
happening, but she knew it wasn’t what she should be feeling when in the
presence of a man.