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Sovereign

Shardlake, Book 3
Narrated by: Steven Crossley
Length: 20 hrs and 59 mins
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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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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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  • Karen
  • Berkeley, United Kingdom
  • 29-01-16

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!

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Fantastic

Loved this book from start to finish! Fantastic narration and unexpected twists at every turn.

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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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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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Sovereign

This is becoming a favourite series for me
Completely new and not so far fetched.
Good plots and places and people looking forward to the rest of the set

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Sovereign Review - A book in the Shardlake series

The best In the series so far! The action is set in Yorkshire for the most part where Shardlake on business from Cranmer gets deeply involved in plots against Henry VIII

As usual well written and impeccably researched, very exciting & a joy to listen to.
Very well read.

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Highly recommended

Shardlake never disappoints. Beautifully read. Several twists and turns. Excellent characterisation. Perfect accompanienent to a long drive.

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A slow burner

This is a complex story, set against the short marriage of Henry and Catherine Howard. The plot centres on the aftermath of the Pilgrimage of Grace and Henry’s Progress of the north to York to quell any dissent. Shardlake is caught in the middle and soon finds himself privy to knowledge that calls into question Henry’s legitimacy. I found the York part of the novel rather slow at times and lacking the pace of other Shardlake novels, but once the journey to London starts it picks up the pace and has a cracking ending.

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How much did he win?

The author obviously had a bet with someone on how many times per chapter he could write 'took a deep breath'. This hackneyed phrase appears so frequently I was quite diverted from the story.