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He wait for the next book in the Shardlake series has been well worth it This is a real blockbuster and C J Sansom for my series has been well worth it This is a real blockbuster and C J Sansom for my is a truly superb storyteller It just doesn t get any betterEngland s monarchy is at a crossroads following the death of Henry VIII the country is bankrupt the regent prince Edward is being manipulated by various nobles all of whom are keen to gain power There s constant plotting and intrigue to discredit individuals including the young Princess Elizabeth The political and religious divides are causing uncertainty and deep fear at Every Level Currency Has Been level Currency has been there s growing civil unrest as common and is enclosed by the nobility and people struggle to surviveShardlake encounters his old enemy Richard Rich who is ever hopeful that he can find an excuse to send him to the Tower again Shardlake is sent to Norfolk where the death of John Boleyn s wife may bring discredit to the Boleyn s and Lady Elizabeth Once in Norwich he meets up with his old friend and assistant John Barak and one intrigue after another is uncovered then the body count starts to riseThe plotting is complex but utterly believable It s good to meet up with characters from previous novels they re all so convincing But what s really amazing is the historical context in which these books are set This time it s a peasant revolt known as Kett s Rebellion I knew nothing about this episode but with his usual understated panache Sansom brings events vividly to ife Loyalties are divided tension builds and I felt ike a spectator involved in and watching as evens unfold There s not a wasted word and even though this is a arge book it s never paddedTombland works well as a standalone Recurring characters are introduced with some background for those unfamiliar introduced with some background for those unfamiliar their early stories The book works well at so many evels It s a twisted and compelling murder mystery I find Shardkake an endearing and intelligent protagonist Even when his moral compass is challenged he remains balanced and persuasive in his views Over the series his character has developed along with his personal relationships with others Whether it s a former servant an apothecary nobility or his friend Barak each book takes them all a How To Win At Casino Gambling little further on their personal journeys As historical fiction Sansom really brings both the period and people toife The political machinations and duplicity are complex but again individuals Training the Help (Hedon Falls like Somerset the Boleyns the young Elizabeth and her Court feel real and play such a believable part in the story There s genuine atmosphere and context and plenty of tensionWhat a wonderful way to bring history toife There is no one who writes better about the Tudor period and Tombland is possibly the best of the seriesso far Absolutely captivated from start to finish and I can t recommend this book highly enough This is a When Not to Build long book I kept checking how far through I d got and it never seemed to progress very much I haveoved the previous Shardlake books with their combination of murder political intrigue historical authenticity and a great central character This book starts out in similar vein but then along comes Kett and his rebellion and suddenly we are into a whole historical reimagining which does rather plod along before the murder mystery finally gets sortedI am sure Shardlake fans ike me will persevere and find much to enjoy but this isn t a book to win over new converts Full marks to Sansom the historian for meticulous research see ast 10% of the book and for bringing Kett s rebellion to a wider audience Clearly a personal passion but I feel in this instance the editors have given him rather too much historical Hello Bravo ! - Activity Book licence to the detriment of the stor. Er daughter theady Elizabeth The gruesome murder of one of Elizabeth's distant relations rud to be politically murdered draws Shardlake and his companion Nicholas to the An Eye for an Eye lady's summer estate where a second murder is committedAs the kingdom explodes into rebellion Nicholas is imprisoned for hisoyalty and Shardlake must decide where his oyalties ie with his kingdom or with his ady.

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 Tombland (The Shardlake Series, 7)I m a fan of the Shardlake series but this one was a slog As other reviewers have noted the section the very Four Word Film Reviews large section of the book that takes place in the camp is excruciatingly dull and seems to go on forever There is also a tiresome abundance of psychopaths a pair of murderous twins a deranged homicidal grandfather a coldly murderous schemer a yeoman with a disproportionate and violent grudge plus the usualoathesome selfishness and entitlement from the privileged classes And psychopaths tend to make such dull two dimensional characters one is bore but five or are really hard to takeThat said I really Keep Calm, Alice Is Here Affirmations Workbook Positive Affirmations Workbook Includes liked the author s depiction of how pervasive and cultike the support for the class system was at THE TIME IT S BEEN AN time It s been an theme of the series and was even central here The class system wasn t just some random historical contingency it was an ideology that was actively reinforced and viciously defended by the elites even by the principled and kindly elites Another gripping and convincing historical novel that I could not bear to put down I can hardly wait for the next one I have been following Shardlake through each and every novel written so far The writer is good at recreating the atmosphere of the age The pursuit of a case is thorough and it keeps the reader goingThis is not the case with the Crystal Decoder last novel Tombland Shardlake and his friends get caught up in a rebellion Mouse Heath and the novel drags on and on for than one hundred pages focusing on the just cause of the rebellionNeedless to say that the murder case investigated gets put on the back burner and the reader is given a historyesson in social justiceHow You Owe Me One likely is it historically speaking that a high rankingawyer who is employed by the future ueen Elizabeth 1 would Debbie Browns Dream Wedding Cakes love a peasant rebellion to the point where he wouldive in a camp for than six weeks and wholeheartedly behave and adopt 20th century socialist views of social justiceAlso this is marketed as crime fiction If I wanted a history of social justice in that age I would pick up a different bookI am really disappointed I m not going to Second Son (Jack Reacher, lie This was a monster of a book even for me A tomb of a read ironically at over 840 pages But do you know what It s CJ Sansom and the time passed uickly as I was sucked into a medieval world of intrigue and murderThere s aot to enjoy here and not just with the plot Around you as you read there are battles conspiracies and talk of royal intrigue Shardlake has a murder to solve and then another body turns upThe rebellions of 1549 during the reign of Edward VI are what drives the novel and the events of Tombland in historical Norwich I had no idea this was a real place but I ve worn out Google Maps finding out as much as I can about it I know it so well now well the 1549 version How exciting it will be to see the modern day version and Sansom s version at the same timeThere s a keen sense of chaos in the novel but when you have a king who is only eleven years oldthe country is in turmoil and there is religious turmoil as well No one seems safe Even everyday United States of Americana life is getting harder as the financial state of the country is in free fall You get a keen sense of all of this in the novel and it sike wandering down the streets yourself the sights sounds and godforsaken smells all the real as you walk onShardlake works as a awyer for Henry s VIII s daughter Elizabeth and the Boleyn name comes back into play when a distant relative from Norfolk is found VIII s daughter Elizabeth and the Boleyn name comes back into play when a distant relative from Norfolk is found Of course Shardlake is the man for the job but this is unlike anything he has been asked to do beforeIt s a very visual novel from the chaotic market scenes to the cumbersome journeys the characters have to undertake to get During the political upheaval of Tudor era England the awyer Matthew Shardlake must decide where his oyalties ie in one of the best ongoing mystery series for fans of Hilary Mantel Christian Science MonitorLONGLISTED FOR THE SIR WALTER SCOTT PRIZE FOR HISTORICAL FICTIONSpring 1549 Two years after the death of Henry VIII England is sliding into chaosThe nominal king Edward VI is elev. O Tombland the inns they stop at on the way and the cells of Norwich castleit s a world of medieval wonder and mixes historical fact peasant revolt and the true meaning of oyaltyAnd within all of this a strong plot worthy of the Shardlake name Read it slowly take it in and allow yourself to be submerged into a historically fascinating world Our protagonist has survived being on the nose in the court of Henry VIII and is now Lost Horizon living through the reigns of Henk s children CJ Sansom continues to findittle known episodes in Tudor history to both delight and enlighten readers and Shardlake continues to be a sympathetic voice in an era of almost unremitting horrors When authors become super successful I suspect that they become harder to edit at the same timeThis starts very well but then gets bogged down in bringing a historical event to True Prosperity life so that the plot thread such as it is gets buried in the midst of minutely detailed recreation It s this that makes this one not as good as the ones before I suspect that this is theongest Shardlake novel but it s the one with by far the thinnest story So really the mixture of good story and evocative historical detail that made the others so good is missing here SJ Parris who perhaps started off as a Sansom wannabe now produces much better novels and she s got a new one coming out uite soon 600 pages of utter boredomPaper thin murder plot buried under a forest stripping pulp of irrelevant historical researchAs Shardlake himself might have said I ve a hunch my time s up First there seems to be some confusion about the release dates of this book I have it on Kindle October 2018 so no worries there Perhaps I ought to have waited for the hardback to join all the other CJ Sansoms on my shelves because this is a keeperSet in 1549 when Henry VIII s young son Edward has inherited his father s throne it deals with an uprising against Edward s guardian the Lord Protector Somerset The rebellion is Thing He Loves led by two brothers from Norfolk called Kett and the story centres on the city of Norwich which at that time was England s second biggestAs with all of Sansom s Tudor novels it stars the hunchbackawyer Matthew Shardlake and his sidekick Jack Barak They Re Sent By Edward S Older Step Barak They re sent by Edward s older step the Lady Elizabeth Dr. Witchs Animal Hospital later ueen Elizabeth I to investigate a gruesome murder near Norwich when Kett s Rebelion eruptsIn short of all the Shardlake novels I think this is Sansom s finest creation I studied Tudor history at a school founded and named after Edward VI just across the road from where Sansom himself studied at Birmingham University but had no inkling of the extent of the rebellions of 1549 We were founded in 1552But important Shardlake as a character continues to develop and the plotting is truly excellent It s a great yarn filled with superb historical insights and detail Highly recommended And with a very intelligentearned yet easily readable coda reviewing the historical sources with Sansom s own well informed comments Oh did I say Highly recommended Not my favorite by a Search Marketing Strategies long shot It starts off as a mystery handed to Shardlake by the Lady Elizabeth not yet even close to becoming ueen It is a task fraught with danger to both taken on with trepidation So far so good but then the mystery getsost occasionally resurrected in a few side pages so that we can get to the true desire of the writer which is the Kett rebellion This bogs down terribly in day to day descriptions of tedious camp ife and the in day to day descriptions of tedious camp ife and the narrative is eually tedious I found myself skimming or skipping sectionsMaybe I just prefer court intrigue of which there was precious Programming in Swift little and this book didn t do much for me I found it slow going Disappointing En years old His uncle Edward Seymour Lord Hertford rules as Edward's regent and Protector In the kingdom radical Protestants are driving the old religion into extinction while the Protector's prolonged war with Scotland hased to hyperinflation and economic collapse Rebellion is stirring among the peasantryMatthew Shardlake has been working as a WordPress Absolute Beginners Guide lawyer in the service of Henry's young.