I thought this book was a bit slow at the start but was just a great read once it got going. I have read all of the Matthew Shardlake books that take place during the dissolution of the monestaries in England under Henry VIII, and this is just as good. The history is accurate and the characters interesting. Good plot. I have downloaded the second book, The Chalice.
expecting some history and intelligence... instead I got a long drawn out hunt -- by one spunky novice (completely modern in her thoughts, comments and actions --despite her protests) and two friars -- for a relic of unsurpassed powers -- exactly how or why not convincing.
stop with the telling me how everyone feels, and the over dramatization. Needs more authentic history.
sure -- the breathless writing wasn't her fault.
This book is wonderful! It brings to life reall carichtors which most authors don't deall with (including lady Margaret Bulmer.) No thread is unexplained at the end. I was impressed by the ending, because Joanna actually learned how to be independed, how to be there for someone. So much so that she was willing to go to the unknown. This is a very open ending. But I have a guess as to the last chapter. I learned manyy new things from this book. I must admit that it includs many well-known carichtors (much more than it should, I suppose) but that made the book all the more interesting for me. Almost every well known carichtor is briliantly portrayed. So, if you love to read about the Tudors and are willing for a change, go for this one!