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Book review: Revelation 
10th-Nov-2009 04:28 pm
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A while since my last book review because this one's over 600 pages, the fourth of CJ Sansom's "Shardlake" books. We're nearing the end of Henry VIII's reign and he's wooing Catherine Parr (aka "Survived," although obviously she didn't know that at the time, hence the reticence to accept his proposal.) Meanwhile the hunchback lawyer Matthew Shardlake's latest mystery involves a serial killer, something the Tudors have never heard of and so assume demonic posession is to blame. I'm not sure I agree with aka_kelly that this is the best book in the series (I got slightly more into Sovereign) but it's definitely up there, with several ongoing plotlines that mean the book's length feels justified. One subplot involves the Bedlam asylum and it's interesting how Sansom takes a different view of the place than the traditional image of people pointing and laughing at the insane (in an afterword he says there's no evidence of this happening until Stuart times.) The mystery itself is pretty involving and the characters are well-developed so all in all it's worth a read. There doesn't seem to be news of a fifth book yet, if there is one I wonder if we'll have a jump forward to after Henry's death - with the ongoing theme of the religious turbulence and presecution of the times, I can't imagine Sansom doesn't want to deal with Bloody Mary.
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10th-Nov-2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Really like the idea of a book 5 set during the Bloody Mary era, lots of scope there.
I love this series altogether, I've always been fascinated by the Tudors and I love the attention to detail of the social climate the story is set in.
10th-Nov-2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
It seems like the next natural step, he's always jumping a couple of years forward every book so I would imagine the plan is to move on past Henry VIII. Come to think of it though, maybe not the next book - surely the friendship he's struck up with Catherine Parr is setup for a future storyline first.
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11th-Nov-2009 02:21 pm (UTC)
Oh I wouldn't say an effort; the last book was about as long but I got through it a lot quicker, I think I just didn't have as much spare time to read in this time around or I'd have got through it quickly as well.
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