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Sovereign (The Shardlake series, 3)

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Following the uncovering of a plot against his throne in Yorkshire, King Henry VIII has set out on a spectacular Progress to the North to overawe his rebellious subjects there. Here we are taken with Matthew Shardlake and his assistant to York where a progress of Henry VIII is about to hit the city. As the Great Progress arrives in the city, Shardlake and Barak stumble upon a cache of secret papers that holds danger for the King's throne, and a chain of events unfolds that will lead Shardlake facing the most terrifying fate of the age.

He has also written Winter in Madrid, a thriller set in Spain in 1940 in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War and Dominion, an alternate history novel set in a Britain following a fictional Axis victory in World War II. En compagnie de son fidèle Jack Barak, il va donc séjourner dans une sorte de camp retranché, un ancien monastère justement, où le roi et sa cour vivront quelques jours. As always with these books, it is long and slow, going deep into the way people lived in Henry’s England – both those at the top and those in the ranks below. This may not seem like an overly terrible thing, but if you lived your entire life with such a strong insecurity, and then to have that same insecurity picked on by your king, it's like being struck with an iron fist. But the death of a glazier sees the duo drawn into a murder investigation, a treasonous plot and a secret that threatens to bring down the royal family.

If you do want to know how I feel about each book, I have included links to each of the reviews down below. One of Shardlake’s tasks is to assure that a prisoner is not abused before he can be brought back to the Tower of London and interrogated by the King’s experts. You don't have to have read the other two first as back story is mentioned briefly, but I have read the previous books and love that Shardlake is now becoming a very familiar voice.

Do not forget he is chosen by God, appointed by Him to guide England into the paths of wisdom and truth.Now in Sovereign, Shardlake faces the most terrifying threat in the age of Tudor England: imprisonment int he Tower of London. With Thomas Cromwell executed, Matthew Shardlake is in definite limbo, trying to distance himself from his one-time superior while keeping a legal practice running effectively.

Entre traiciones, intrigas, conspiraciones, enredos legales, humillaciones, llegará hasta el final de su misión gracias a su inteligencia y, casi, a costa de su propio pellejo, siempre con la inestimable ayuda de su secretario Barak (gran secundario). Finally, Matthew Shardlake is an amazing character and acts as the perfect guide through these stories. Rebellion, plots, torture, fanaticism, a murder mystery and a real historical scandal come alive in this deeply satisfying novel. Unless he could marry a younger woman who might provide an heir, the Tudor dynasty would die with him…And there were many of us who thought the only way to preserve true religion in England was for Queen Catherine to do what the Pope himself had suggested to her: go into a nunnery, allow the King to marry again…Foolish, obstinate woman. The characters are totally convincing, the plot is exciting and will have you sat on the edge of your seat towards the end and there's a depth and subtlety to the plot which isn't often encountered in historical fiction.And when Shardlake and Barak stumble upon a cache of secret papers which could threaten the Tudor throne, a chain of events unfolds that will lead to Shardlake facing the most terrifying fate of the age . The characters in this novel are a mix of real and fictional, but they are all so well cast, that it is impossible to say which is which. Documents discussing the Tudor bloodline and some mention of the past King Richard, a close descendant to the current Henry VIII.

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