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message 1: by Philip (new)

Philip Glennie You give some really great insights here. I also had some reservations about the book, finding the writing incredible, yet the character arcs almost a little repetitive of those in Wolf Hall. I hadn't considered the cusp between "medieval" and "Renaissance"; but now that you've pointed it out, I totally agree! This post really helps me articulate some of the things I felt about the book, and that's what reviews are all about. Thanks!

message 2: by Христо (new)

Христо Блажев At last I found someone that does not think this book is so great. Great review and lets hope third part will be much better.

message 3: by Susan (new)

Susan Van Metre "That she thought she had lots of cards in the game, but really only the ONE card mattered, and she didn't have it so she lost." Well said.

message 4: by Glynis (new)

Glynis Agreed.

message 5: by carlageek (new)

carlageek I agree entirely. The book lacks the richness and complexity and dimensionality of Wolf Hall. Kinda disappointing. :(

message 6: by Justin (new)

Justin I agree, down to the 3/5 rating.

message 7: by David (new)

David P Although you do see Cromwell falter and make compromises, setting it all up very nicely for the final instalment. Perhaps this book only suffers because it is the middle section of his overall arc.

message 8: by Heather (new)

Heather Now that I'm in love with Mark Rylance (Cromwell in the BBC adaptation), and have "spoiled" the story by googling Cromwell's ultimate fate, I'm living in DREAD of the third book. I seriously don't know if I will want to read it. And so many of his successes in the first 2 books now seem fraught with irony...
I wish he could have ended up like old Henry Wyatt, bearing his scars and terrible memories but living into a well-appreciated old age. *SNIFF*

message 9: by Diane (new)

Diane Dabczynski I agree with David P. I think Cromwell is portrayed on the rise in Wolf Hall and at his highest in this book and because it is the middle of a trilogy (and we know from history what his fate is) the third book will see his downfall.

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