- Paperback: 595 pages
- Publisher: Pan; Reprints edition (18 May 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330450786
- ISBN-13: 978-0330450782
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.6 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (998 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dark Fire (The Shardlake Series) Paperback – 18 May 2007
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C. J. Sansomas highly atmospheric and well-crafted sixteenth-century thriller... vividly describes the turbidity of Tudor London. (Jasper Fforde)
The second Shardlake novel in C. J. Sansom's remarkable historical crime seriesSee all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
This time Shardlake is ordered to find the last supply of Dark Fire - and ancient liquid that can destroy anything by fire - the list of ingredients and the secret of how it is made have been lost in the mists of time. can it be replicated?
I won't give more of the plot away, however, I would strongly suggest you read the series in the 'correct' chronological order to get the full benefit of these tales. They also served to teach me a bit more about the history of the Tudors.
I am very pleased with my purchase.
You can read this as a well written double murder mystery. It is also a kind of " living history" of London in the 1530-40 period as it is transformed after the dissolution of the monasteries. CJ Sansom gives a vivid description of the lives and working conditions of the poor and the daily insults and humiliations they suffer under the rigid class system. The characters are well drawn and together create a sense of the "English Character"-- not always a pretty picture.
I recommend this book and give it 5 stars because I enjoyed it and felt it gave me a better understanding of this period of English History.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not disappointing. I didn't think the follow up would live up to the first installment of the Shardlake series. Not finished reading yet.Published 12 days ago by JohnF