Dear Bernard, It is some time back that i finished your last Saxon story as I have read each one as soon as it was published. The next Uhtred scheduled for October is already in my Amazon shopping basket! I actually plan to read them all from the start again as they are wonderful stories and I am fascinated by that historical period. There was an element in The Last Kingdom that I have sort of missed from the later novels and that was how you captured the Viking culture and beliefs; the reading of omens in the flights of birds, the sacrifices to the gods, etc. It brought a magical element to the book that is common throughout the your Arthur books. Is there any way that you could insert a little more of that into your future Saxon books? I don't want to seem pushy but you really make another age and time come alive with all those pre-Christian beliefs and superstitions.
On another quick note, I recall reading that you had planned to write seven or eight Saxon novels in total, is that still the plan or will there be more than that? Keep up the great work, you bring joy to your readers! Erik