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Dark Fire : A Shardlake Novel 2 - C. J. Sansom

Dark Fire

A Shardlake Novel 2

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The second Shardlake novel in C J Sansom's remarkable historical crime series.It is 1540 and the hottest summer of the sixteenth century. Matthew Shardlake, believing himself out of favour with Thomas Cromwell, is busy trying to maintain his legal practice and keep a low profile. But his involvement with a murder case, defending a girl accused of brutally murdering her young cousin, brings him once again into contact with the king's chief minister - and a new assignment... The secret of Greek Fire, the legendary substance with which the Byzantines destroyed the Arab navies, has been lost for centuries. Now an official of the Court of Augmentations has discovered the formula in the library of a dissolved London monastery. When Shardlake is sent to recover it, he finds the official and his alchemist brother brutally murdered - the formula has disappeared. Now Shardlake must follow the trail of Greek Fire across Tudor London, while trying at the same time to prove his young client's innocence. But very soon he discovers nothing is as it seems...

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Dark Fire
 
4.5

(based on 6 reviews)

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Pros

  • Captures time and place (6)
  • Interesting characters (6)
  • Easy to understand (5)
  • Well written (5)
  • Educational (3)

Cons

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  • Older readers (5)
  • Gift (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Bookworm (3), Everyday reader (3)

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5.0

Dissolution, Dark Fire, Sovereign, Revelation

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from brisbane australia

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Pros

  • Captures Time And Place
  • Easy To Understand
  • Educational
  • Interesting Characters
  • Original Story
  • Well Written

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Gift
    • Older Readers
    • Travel Reading

    Comments about Dark Fire:

    All the Shardlake series written by C.J. Sansom are an enthralling, brilliant read. These are books you are unable to put down to the finish, and the end always has a twist.

    Historically the books a re wonderful. The real characters with a mix of fiction make for a brilliant read

    Poppi (Australia)

     
    4.0

    Best historical detective stories I`ve read

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    from Melbourne

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    Pros

    • Captures Time And Place
    • Easy To Understand
    • Educational
    • Great For Anyone
    • Interesting Characters
    • Original Story
    • Well Written

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Good For Anyone
      • Historical Interest

      Comments about Dark Fire:

      The products were books, they exist in a solid form, they don`t need to be back lit to read and they are with me for as long as I want to keep them, they are also very easy to share.

       
      5.0

      perfect for the novel !!!

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      from nsw australia

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      Pros

      • Captures Time And Place
      • Easy To Understand
      • Educational
      • Interesting Characters
      • Well Written

      Cons

      • Limited Appeal

      Best Uses

      • Gift
      • Older Readers
      • Reference

      Comments about Dark Fire:

      i love historical novelsand this one doesn't disappoint
      am now on the sixth novel in the series and each one is as spellbinding as the rest. hope there's more to come

       
      5.0

      Great story

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      from Brisbane

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      Pros

      • Captures Time And Place
      • Easy To Understand
      • Interesting Characters

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Older Readers

        Comments about Dark Fire:

        Entertaining story

         
        4.0

        Will check out his other books now!

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        from Carnarvon W.A.

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        Pros

        • Captures Time And Place
        • Great For Anyone
        • Interesting Characters
        • Original Story
        • Well Written

        Cons

        • Not True To The History

        Best Uses

        • Gift
        • Older Readers
        • Travel Reading

        Comments about Dark Fire:

        Very good read, had trouble putting it down!

         
        4.0

        Great 2nd work in the Shardlake series

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        from Sydney

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        Pros

        • Captures Time And Place
        • Easy To Understand
        • Interesting Characters
        • Offers Historical Insight
        • Well Written

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Gift
          • History lovers
          • Older Readers

          Comments about Dark Fire:

          This was a solid second work in the Matthew Shardlake series and offered some fascinating historical/cultural insights. An engaging story with a satisfying resolve of the key issue (although - without giving a spoiler - I wondered why the protagonists did not attempt to save another key character). Likeable and realistic characterisations.

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          C. J. Sansomas highly atmospheric and well-crafted sixteenth-century thriller... vividly describes the turbidity of Tudor London. (Jasper Fforde)

          C J Sansom

          Christopher John "C.J." Sansom is an English writer of crime novels. He was born in 1952 and was educated at the University of Birmingham, where he took a BA and then a PhD in history. After working in a variety of jobs, he decided to retrain as a solicitor. He practised for a while in Sussex as a lawyer for the disadvantaged, before quitting in order to work full-time as a writer.

          He came to prominence with his series set in the reign of Henry VIII in the 16th century, whose main character is the hunchbacked lawyer Matthew Shardlake. Shardlake works on commission initially from Thomas Cromwell in Dissolution and Dark Fire and then Thomas Cranmer in Sovereign and Revelation.

          The BBC have commissioned an adaptation of Dissolution with the actor Kenneth Branagh set to star as Shardlake. The rest of the Shardlake books are expected to follow. C. J. Sansom has been consulted on the series, which is in the final stages of negotiation.[citation needed].

          He has also written Winter in Madrid, a thriller set in Spain in 1940 in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War.

          Dark Fire won the 2005 Ellis Peters Historical Dagger, awarded by the Crime Writers' Association (CWA). Sansom himself was "Very Highly Commended" in the 2007 CWA Dagger in the Library award, for the Shardlake series.

          (from Wikipedia®)

          C J Sansom also contributed to the series The Medieval Murderers

          Visit C J Sansom's Booktopia Author Page


          ISBN: 9780330450782
          ISBN-10: 0330450786
          Series: The Shardlake Series
          Audience: General
          Format: Paperback
          Language: English
          Number Of Pages: 400
          Published: 1st December 2007
          Publisher: Pan Macmillan
          Country of Publication: AU
          Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.1  x 3.9
          Weight (kg): 0.45
          Edition Number: 1