11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
An excellent read,
This review is from: Dark Fire (The Shardlake Series) (Hardcover)
I thought Darkfire was a terrific book. It is very well researched and the descriptions of the characters are quite superb. The main character, Matthew Shardlake, is a hunchback lawyer and he is very convincing. A clever and honest man plunged into a nightmare web of murder and treachery. He has an "assistant" forced on him by Thomas Cromwell and the relationship between the two is dealt with very well.
An extremely believable image of a dark and menacing 16th century London is created. The themes of cruelty, greed, social advancement and religious intolerance all come through strongly.
Many of the characters in the novel seem untrustworthy, slippery, greedy or just plain nasty. I see the author had worked as a solicitor and I just wonder if he has clients or former work colleagues at the back of his mind ! I just hope the author has more adventures in store for Matthew Shardlake !