Lamentation: A Shardlake Novel 6 Hardcover – 1 November 2014
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- Hardcover : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0230744192
- ISBN-13 : 978-0230744196
- Dimensions : 16 x 5 x 24.2 cm
- Publisher : Mantle (1 November 2014)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: 715,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Shardlake's back and better than ever . . . The plot and pacing make this the best Shardlake yet . . . it is a vision of how individuals find the moral courage to fight injustice which links the Shardlake novels to Sansom's other fictions, Winter in Madrid and Dominion. Lamentation, like its predecessors, is a triumph both as detective fiction and as a novel . . . Sansom's deep feeling for the psychology of religious faith and for the defenceless, makes him, in my view superior to Hilary Mantel. ― Independent on Sunday
Lamentation starts with the burning of heretics, and the smell of fear and dissent infuses the whole novel . . . Sansom is highly skilled at weaving together the threads of his plot with the real and riveting history . . . Lamentation is a wonderful, engaging read. The atmosphere of fear and suspicion is brilliantly rendered. Shardlake is always convincing, and he is endearingly battle-scarred and weary from his earlier adventures. The real characters are well drawn, especially Catherine Parr and the young Elizabeth, who makes a striking cameo appearance. Sansom cleverly keeps the king just off stage for most of the novel. We can sense him lurking in the shadows - a monstrously obese and malevolent presence. As the plot draws to a clever and satisfying conclusion, Sansom gives us a clue about where the king's death will take Shardlake; and it is a spine-tingling prospect. ― The Times
As always, Sansom conjures the atmosphere, costumes and smells of Tudor London with vigour, from the gilded halls of Whitehall Palace to the dungeons of the Tower . . . once Shardlake finds himself in real jeopardy [the novel] quickly picks up pace, all the way to a shocking climax that promises to mark a new chapter for Shardlake, and for England. ― Observer
Sansom brilliantly conveys the uncertainty of the time when a frail young prince would ascend the throne with different factions fighting for regency . . . Sansom has the gift of plunging us into the different worlds of the period: the premises of a struggling young printer whose only asset is his press, a dangerous possession when this newfangled invention could implicate the printer in treason and heresy . . . There is a sadness about this novel which suggests that Shardlake's own world is breaking up - his great companion, Barak, who provides the physical strength the disabled lawyer lacks, gets into fearful straits - but it ends on a hopeful note for the many followers of this splendid series, which combines the imaginative insights of fiction with scholarly research. We see Shardlake carried safely downriver to join the budding court of the young Elizabeth, auguring well for his future. ― Independent
So engrossing is the tale that I didn't pause long enough to take a note. Even when judged by the high standards of the earlier Shardlake novels, this one stands out - not least because it successfully maintains suspense for over 600 pages . . . It is a mark of authorial self-discipline that Sansom wears his considerable historical research lightly, subordinating it to character and action. As in the earlier volumes, historical figures such as Richard Rich and the young William Cecil are successfully evoked without typecasting or self-indulgence disguised as empathy. There are also some memorable minor characters, such as the tragic and vexatious litigant, Isabel Slanning, who contribute to the sinuously-unfolding story in often unexpected ways. The orchestration of plot over 600 pages, and the final twist, is literary craft of a high order. Historical fiction - especially historical crime fiction - has often been regarded as a literary branchline, interesting and picturesque but not quite the real thing. This now is changing, and rightly, since the qualities required to evoke imagined historical worlds are precisely those involved in rendering the present. With the Shardlake series, and with this volume in particular, Sansom has surely established himself as one of the best novelists around. ― Spectator
This is a terrific book . . . It is a convincing account of a cruel and fascinating period and a very exciting read. ― Literary Review
...the Tudor Holmes finds himself plunged into crisis at the English Court...Sansom
recreates a fascinating era as he carries the reader along with Shardlake on his diligent and
perilous quest, criss-crossing medieval London from the luxury of the royal palaces at
Whitehall to the filthy backstreets of the city.
...a dark and atmospheric story... Shardlake deserves his wide and rapturous readership. -- Antonia Senior ― The Times
Sansom has an extraordinary gift for atmosphere: he immerses the reader in the sights, sounds, smells and dreadful paranoia of life in the last days of Henry VIII . . . Utterly gripping -- Marian Keyes ― Irish Times, Books of the Year
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The Tower, the stake and the pen at the heart of a Tudor tragedy brilliantly evoked by Sansom. Read this after reading the others for the best effect. An excellent novel and excellent scholarship.
A great read, with twists and turns that keep you guessing to the very end.
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POSSIBLE SPOILER The story ends with Henry VIII’s death.... some reviewers seem to think this brings the series to an end. There is however, a clue in the last pages that Matthew has a new future and I hope this is so as I have greatly enjoyed this series and view C.J. Sansom as a master of this genre.
P.S. I am pleased to say that my wish has been granted and another book in the Shardlake series has been written called “Tombland” which will be released later in the year. 😎
I did not notice any particularly annoying repetitions in the book, indeed I was so enthralled by the story they would not have mattered anyway.
I would love to see this novel made into a film but fear that it might disappoint after the enjoyment I have had in the reading of it.