This one gets five stars because I am a Tudor junkie. Nonetheless, it was much more than many of the bodice rippers out there about Anne Boleyn. For starters, it's about Thomas Cromwell, a fascinating man who is woefully underrepresented in fiction. Hillary Mantel talks a lot about the changes that take place in England while Henry is trying to rid himself of Catherine. Her writing is delightful, and she draws in period detail and philosophical ruminations that place the situation in context like I haven't seen it before. She also has the spunk to end the book before the beheading of Anne Boleyn, instead ending it with Thomas More's execution, illustrating, I imagine, that the story is about so much more than Anne's tragic tale. I was completely absorbed.