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Dark Fire (The Shardlake Series) Paperback – 18 May 2007

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  • 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)
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C. J. Sansomas highly atmospheric and well-crafted sixteenth-century thriller... vividly describes the turbidity of Tudor London. (Jasper Fforde)

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The second Shardlake novel in C. J. Sansom's remarkable historical crime series

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By Guy HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 26 Nov. 2016
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I just love this series of "Shardlake" books by C J Sansom. Set in Tudor England they are all a compelling read and highly recommended.
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.
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"Dark Fire" is the 2nd book in the Shardlake series. "Dissolution" is the 1st.
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.
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Its nice to have a hero who isn't perfect. The two cases Shardlake deals with show 2 sides of London . The poor/ middleclass on 1 side and how they live. On the other is the King and the nobles and what is important to them. The twists in the story keep you guessing till the end who's behind it all.
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Believable characters and a gripping story.Good period detail which brings the era to life. You can almost taste the filth and squalour. I sat up until 2am to finish it. This is the second book I have read in the series and the first was just as good.
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A well written book which kept me gripped right to the end. I look forward to reading more of C J Sansom's work in the future. The characters come to life and make you care what is going to happen to them.
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Sansom and Shardlake....Love history? Love mystery? What a duo they are. I can't get enough of these books. No need for more comments, as it's all been said before....they're great.
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Excellent read. The author has done it again. Look forward to reading the third book, if it as good as the last two then I am in for excellent third read
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Fantastic book, can't put it down.
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