Framing the Dialogue

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The Pale Horseman

“These days I look at twenty-year-olds and think they are pathetically young, scarcely weaned from their mothers’ tits, but when I was twenty I considered myself a full-grown man. I had fathered a child, fought in the shield wall, and was loath to take advice from anyone. In short I was arrogant, stupid, and headstrong. Which is why, after our victory at Cynuit, I did the wrong thing.”

The Last Kingdom

In the backdrop of the Danes regularly invading British soil we follow the life of English-born, turned adopted Dane, turned British, turned Dane, Uthred…you get the picture.  The Amazon summary compares this novel to Game of Thrones and to an extent it is of that ilk, without the dragons.  Uhtred, though a lord, is separated from his rightful land and his life becomes one of survival as he both fights for the Danes and against them as he longs to regain his life.

The Archer’s Tale

“Thomas’s left hand shook as he drew the bow. He was dry-mouthed, frightened. He knew he would shoot wild so he lowered his arm and released the cord’s tension. Remember, he told himself, remember everything you have ever been taught. An archer does not aim, he kills. It is all in the head, in the arms, in the eyes, and killing a man is no different from shooting a hind. Draw and loose, that was all, and that was why he had practiced for over ten years so that the act of drawing and loosing was as natural as breathing and as fluent as water flowing from a spring. Look and loose, do not think. Draw the string and let God guide the arrow.”