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Sovereign

Shardlake, Book 3
Narrated by: Steven Crossley
Series: Matthew Shardlake, Book 3
Length: 20 hrs and 59 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.

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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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  • CDG
  • 10-12-19

A Compelling Read

Soverign by C.J. Sansom

The third book in the Shardlake series did not disappoint.

We are now in the time following the quashing of the Rebellion in the north of England at the point of the planned Progress of the Royal Household to York, then Hull, where the King will hear Petitions from the people and accept their humbling submissions.

The King is a year into his 5th marriage to the very young, innocent and somewhat giddy Catherine Howard.

At Archbishop Cranmer’s behest Shardlake is asked to assist with preparing the petitions. He reluctantly agrees and is then cornered by Cranmer to also assume responsibility to bring safely back to London a valuable prisoner whom the King wants tortured to extract what he knows of further brewing conspiracies.

On arrival in York the unexpected murder of a humble Master Glazier opens an investigation of intrigue, deceit and maliciousness that leads our hero, again, into danger.

The relationship between Shardlake and sidekick Barak is brilliantly depicted and both characters are quite compelling.

Sansom writes magnificently and, again, he takes historical fact and weaves the fictional story so cleverly that you would be forgiven for thinking it were true.

Yet again narrated by the sublime Steven Crossley, whom I have since learned, has received multiple awards for his craft having narrated in excess of 250 books. Studied drama at RADA and now lives in the USA. it is of no surprise that the velvet voiced professional is sought after by many authors to bring their words to life. I also must not fail to overlook his acting skills!

For me this was another page turner and one, when finished, left me feeling as if I’d lost a friend. It was 5 days before I could start another book.

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  • SAS
  • 09-22-19

Shardlake is brilliant love the murder mystery element with the historical knowledge


Shardlake is brilliant love the murder mystery element with the historical knowledge. The narrator is very good making each character believable

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-21-19

great listening for all lovers of history

brilliant narration, the characters really cleverly brought to life. wonderful storytelling promising hours of enjoyment

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  • Leips
  • 09-20-19

Deep breath and immerse yourself in Tudor thrills

my only concern is Jack does not sound like the Jack in my head from reading the books (yes I've read them all but doing a lot of driving I love listening to them all over again. the complex plots mean I dont get bored!)#sansomsaddo. I read this one first having lived in York and that was fine but quickly went to the others and read in order.

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  • SMC
  • 08-14-19

longwinded and dull<br />

my 3rd by this author and not his best. too long for a dull storyline