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Gets better and better,
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This review is from: Prince (John Shakespeare 3) (Hardcover)
Rory Clements' books keep improving. The first two were good but this is the best so far. As good as CJ Sansom? Make that 'better than'! Clements' plots have far more about them, have more action and pace. His style is excellent, making his books easy to read as well as enjoyable. I was very dubious in the first novel about bringing in the real Shakespeare [Will] into a novel with his fictitious brother but in the second novel this worked well and here also where Will is in potentially big trouble as his fellow playwrights Marlowe and Kydd have been murdered and tortured. Clements' research on these and other topics is, as you might expect, spot on and there is great period atmosphere. Salutary also that one of the main themes of this novel is a problem still with us today. To go back to Sansom for a moment - in his latest book 'Heartstone' I came to dislike Shardlake quite a bit, seeing him as a nosy busybody. John Shakespeare isn't like that at all but there were times when I felt him to be something of a stuck-up prig, a bit too full of his own importance. I hope he isn't allowed to go too far down that road. Overall, an excellent read and highly recommended [but read the others first].