Sovereign (The Shardlake series, 3)
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The novel is strong and well-paced, opening yet more Tudor and English history, while questioning what many feel they know.
The BBC have commissioned an adaptation of Dissolution with the actor Kenneth Branagh set to star as Shardlake. Es en este grandioso marco histórico, ambientado de forma espléndida por el autor, donde transcurre la nueva aventura de nuestro abogado Shardlake, en York, punto final de la "Jornada" real. Antonia Fraser, Sunday Telegraph Books of the Year Even if heart-pounding suspense and stomach-tightening tension were all Sansom’s writing brought to the table, few would feel short-changed. They could solve mysteries in the Elizabethan era into the Stewarts, bridging the gap between the two dynasties. They are not the only ones to remember Thomas Cromwell though – it is rumoured that the King himself regrets losing such a loyal and competent servant.
They will be engrained in my brain for a long time, which is a sign of how delightful Sansom’s writing style truly is, especially in this series. Shardlake is understandably suspicious, and when it transpires that she’s part of the Queen’s household, he is even more nervous. As the Great Progress arrives in the city, Shardlake and Barak stumble upon a cache of secret papers that holds danger for the King's throne, and a chain of events unfolds that will lead Shardlake facing the most terrifying fate of the age.His prime motive is fairness and he wants to right wrongs but never forgets the importance of his self preservation. The real heroes are the average people, reminding the reader that under all the glitz and glam of the Tudor court, there were regular men and women were trying to survive during such tumultuous times.
I think this was probably my favourite of the Shardlake novels so far, but I still have another three to read and am planning to continue soon with the fourth one, Revelation.The calculating Thomas Cromwell, who was always trying to stay in his majesty’s favor and do his bidding until the bitter end. We follow the hunch-back lawyer Matthew Shardlake on seven of his more infamous cases, each one more dangerous than the previous one: Dissolution, Dark Fire, Sovereign, Revelation, Heartstone, Lamentation, and Tombland.