- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Corvus (6 April 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1782396616
- ISBN-13: 978-1782396611
- Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.4 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There are echoes of The Miniaturist in this picture of a seventeenth century marriage but Antonia Senior's depiction is more complex. The particular setting of The Tyrant's Shadow, in the turbulent wake of the civil wars, means the stakes are stratospherically high, making the novel as much a political thriller as a domestic drama. ...a gripping journey that twists and turns to the very final page. This is refined historical fiction at its very best. -- Liz Freemantle An extraordinarily good historical novel by an author at the top of her game... If there's any justice in the world, it should be a bestseller. -- Andrew Taylor Fresh and fearless historical fiction set in a fascinating era. And featuring top swearing. Loved it. -- Anna Mazzola A satisfying tale of romance, politics and old-fashioned adventure. Sunday Times (Ireland) Senior's fresh, forceful writing breathes new life and relevance into the most destructive, dangerous era in English history. Totally gripping. Kate Saunders, The Times on Treason's Daughter This is passionate, wonderful, windswept writing, full of the wonder of hill and heath and sea... One of the must-reads of the year. Manda Scott on The Winter Isles Senior's prose is beautiful and powerful, poetic and yet immediate... Fearlessly and deftly done. I loved this book deeply. Giles Kristian on The Winter Isles A spirited narrative that combines the violence and energy common in such sagas with a subtlety that is much rarer. Nick Rennison, The Sunday Times on The Winter Isles The world as described here is brutal, violent and dangerous but Senior finds moments of tenderness and humanity in her characters, making them sympathetic and surprisingly modern - and the action is as fast-paced as a thriller. The Times on The Winter Isles Gods, but this book is magnificent! One of the best books I've read in the last five years. Magical. -- Ben Cane on THE WINTER ISLES A terrific read... confidently written Daily Mail [Senior's] vivid characters [capture] this chaotic era with a lively sense of how it must have felt to those living through it The Times
About the Author
Antonia Senior is a former staff writer for The Times. She is now a freelance journalist, and her columns, features and book reviews have appeared in a number of national newspapers. Antonia lives in London with her family.
Top Customer Reviews
There are three intertwining stories of romance, politics and adventure. Three central character dominate: a lawyer Will Johnson whose wife has recently died. He is appointed Cromwell's secretary. Patience his sister who married a preacher who turns out to be a nasty bully. She becomes drawn to a royalist , Sam Challoner , who has returned to London. He remains an unrepentant supporter of the monarch.
The novel opens with Patience, Will, his son and many others experiencing an eclipse of the sun.. She sees it as a warning and a promise that Christ will come again. Will, on the other hand, regards it as nothing of the kind . He wishes he could hide in a cave until the silly ranting ends. He asks himself why is he unable to believe the eclipse is a religious manifestation . He and his sister argue about what they have witnessed. Will's wife, Henrietta, was killed by a youth three years ago on the day the King was executed.
The stories encompass London., Capo Verde Africa, the Virgin Islands, Paris , Germany and the West Indies. The years are 1653-58.
This is an interesting read that mixes the three themes extremely well.The narrative is very sound as is the clarity and style.
Gripping, thought provoking and deeply involving, this is historical fiction at its best. Antonia seems to have moved on from her debut in a more literary direction, without sacrificing characters, plot and her fluid writing style.
This novel is, at its heart, a scalpel like examination of power, how it is wielded, how it distorts, destroys and enables. Both the main protagonists are exposed to extremes of power and have to react to them in very different ways. Even the ultimate power of faith, God and religion are weighed in this book, with intriguing consequences.
But, having said all of that, Tyrant's Shadow is a rip roaring yarn, a tale of adventure, intrigue and romance, set in the most turbulent times of our nation's history. Hard to put down.
I loved this book. I can't wait for the next one.
And in this world we have Will who lost his wife during those dark days. He honestly just tried to get by, and he did work near Cromwell so he kept his head down. His sister Patience who lives with him and she was the naive one who thought the best of everyone but will learn her lesson. But I did like her. She had a transformation. As for the preacher she marries, I did not like him. He was a zealot. There is also a third POV, Sam, Will's brother in law, and the one who wants the king back on the throne. I liked this POVS, the one who just wants to live his life, the one who sees so much more in life, and the one who wants to change the country.
Cromwell is trying to make the country better. People are still fighting. The court is in exile. We do get both worlds thanks to the different POVS. But it really is about the characters.
It was an interesting time. I would for sure not have liked to live there. But it sure brings the drama. There are people to like, and people to dislike.