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Sovereign: Shardlake, Book 3

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Publisher's Summary

The third novel in the compelling Shardlake series. Autumn, 1541. King Henry VIII has set out on a spectacular Progress to the North to attend an extravagant submission of his rebellious subjects in York. Already in the city are lawyer Matthew Shardlake and his assistant Jack Barak. As well as assisting with legal work processing petitions to the King, Shardlake has reluctantly undertaken a special mission - to ensure the welfare of an important but dangerous conspirator being returned to London for interrogation.

But the murder of a local glazier involves Shardlake in deeper mysteries, connected not only to the prisoner in York Castle but to the royal family itself. 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 Shardlake facing the most terrifying fate of the age . . .

©2006 C. J. Sansom (P)2014 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

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    Karen BRISTOL, United Kingdom 29/01/2016
    Karen BRISTOL, United Kingdom 29/01/2016 Member Since 2012
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    "Jesu this is good!"

    Can't recommend this brilliant third installment enough. The plot, characters and narration are quite superb. The interweaving of a thriller - mystery with historical events is incredibly rewarding. I can't get enough Shardlake. Thank you, Mr Sansom!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ian C Dando 18/04/2015
    Ian C Dando 18/04/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Absolutely superb!"

    Book 3 of the Shardlake chronicles, and in my opinion the best so far. Fantastic plots and sub plots intermingled with historical accuracies takes the listener on a fascinating and truly gripping adventure. Great narration only adds to the enjoyment. Bring on book 4.

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    Simon Elford 02/01/2017
    Simon Elford 02/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Complicated and predictable but still enjoyable"

    The setting for this mystery is a change from the previous novels, with the narrative shifting from one place to another. As such, the tale became monotonous in places as there was little development in the mystery. However, both characters Shardlake and Barrack had much more development to their characters and leaves the reader / listener considering the moral dilemmas they both face along the way.

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    Sophie C Butcher 07/01/2015 Member Since 2008
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    "More meandering story than the first two"
    If you could sum up Sovereign in three words, what would they be?

    Enjoyable but the story is the setting rather than the mystery for me on this one. It lacks the bite of his first two in the series, which seemed to have more of a purpose. I like this period of history and I suspect CJ has done his research well, so he colours an aspect I don't get from history books.


    Any additional comments?

    If you can contact the writer, please tell him to stop using the words 'interrogatively' and 'sardonically'. He overuses these and several other words, and I now wince every time I hear them.

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    KPMG 11/04/2017
    KPMG 11/04/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Brilliant As Always From Sansom"

    I love this Shardlake series (read by Steven Crossley). Sansom keeps the intrigue alive with many sub-plots. Listen to it last thing at night; forget about the fast-paced world outside and step into the treacherous, mysterious and suspicious world of Tudor England.

    I did, accidently, try this book read by Anton Lesser which was woeful, thankfully, Audible changed it without a moments hesitation.

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    lorna Withey 22/03/2017
    lorna Withey 22/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Third in an excellent series."

    I love historical novels and I enjoy a mystery so I have everything in this novel. Excellent series of books very well written. I had this book on Audible and the narrator was excellent. I look forward to the fourth in this series which I have already purchased.

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    Julie 13/03/2017
    Julie 13/03/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "my first audible really enjoyed it"

    Although I'd read this story I wanted my first audible to be an engrossing and rich story. I wasn't disappointed. so well read it felt like i was there at the progress.

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    Amazon Customer 07/03/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Brilliant, tense, atmospheric thriller!"

    I love the Shardlake series of books, not so keen on the narrators character voices

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    JEFF 30/10/2016
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    "Best of the Shardlake stories."

    I have read/listened to all of the series, which is good, but this is the best so far.

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    John Charles 19/09/2016
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    "Delightful,"

    Loved the story with a great narrator. I felt I was in the period and found it difficult to hit the pause button!

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