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The third novel in the compelling Shardlake series. Autumn, 1541. King Henry VIII has set out on a spectacular Progress to the North to attend an extravagant submission of his rebellious subjects in York. Already in the city are lawyer Matthew Shardlake and his assistant Jack Barak. As well as assisting with legal work processing petitions to the King, Shardlake has reluctantly undertaken a special mission - to ensure the welfare of an important but dangerous conspirator being returned to London for interrogation.

But the murder of a local glazier involves Shardlake in deeper mysteries, connected not only to the prisoner in York Castle but to the royal family itself. And when Shardlake and Barak stumble upon a cache of secret papers which could threaten the Tudor throne, a chain of events unfolds that will lead Shardlake facing the most terrifying fate of the age . . .

©2006 C. J. Sansom (P)2014 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

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  • Karen
  • 01-29-16

Jesu this is good!

Can't recommend this brilliant third installment enough. The plot, characters and narration are quite superb. The interweaving of a thriller - mystery with historical events is incredibly rewarding. I can't get enough Shardlake. Thank you, Mr Sansom!

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  • Ian C Dando
  • 04-18-15

Absolutely superb!

Book 3 of the Shardlake chronicles, and in my opinion the best so far. Fantastic plots and sub plots intermingled with historical accuracies takes the listener on a fascinating and truly gripping adventure. Great narration only adds to the enjoyment. Bring on book 4.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-08-17

Fantastic

Loved this book from start to finish! Fantastic narration and unexpected twists at every turn.

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  • Simon Elford
  • 01-02-17

Complicated and predictable but still enjoyable

The setting for this mystery is a change from the previous novels, with the narrative shifting from one place to another. As such, the tale became monotonous in places as there was little development in the mystery. However, both characters Shardlake and Barrack had much more development to their characters and leaves the reader / listener considering the moral dilemmas they both face along the way.

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  • Sophie C Butcher
  • 01-07-15

More meandering story than the first two

If you could sum up Sovereign in three words, what would they be?

Enjoyable but the story is the setting rather than the mystery for me on this one. It lacks the bite of his first two in the series, which seemed to have more of a purpose. I like this period of history and I suspect CJ has done his research well, so he colours an aspect I don't get from history books.

Any additional comments?

If you can contact the writer, please tell him to stop using the words 'interrogatively' and 'sardonically'. He overuses these and several other words, and I now wince every time I hear them.

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  • Mr E.
  • 07-31-18

Shardlake ! Excellent !

Story, as I’ve come to expect from c.j sansom, very well plotted, intriguing exciting and absorbing .... can you tell I loved it 😄

Every time, every single time I’ve read or listened to a Shardlake book, I’m dropped into to Tudor times, the sights, smells, it’s atmosphere.

The reader, Stephen Crossley does a really good job, I thought his Barack voice was a little too ‘heavy’ but that apart... there’s nothing I could criticise, if I wanted to..... and I don’t... Sansoms writing is excellent....

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  • mr s m green
  • 06-12-18

disappointed

loved the previous two books. The performance was rock solid as expected but the story was too drawn out. Much slower paced than the previous two also lacking in action.

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  • andrew knight
  • 05-12-18

soveregin

a good story very gripping and a great listen also good series of the books

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-01-18

Another gripping story

A good story set within an historical Tudor context. Lots of twists and turns with an unexpected ending. Roll on the next Saedlake book!

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  • Photopuppy
  • 03-26-18

Gripping

The third in the Shardlake series. I have only recently discovered them. Brilliant, thoroughly researched historical descriptions and thrilling plots. Plenty of red herrings just when you think you might have guessed whodunit . Utterly gripping and beautifully read