Dark Fire

Dark Fire

Book rating: 05 Paperback The Shardlake Series

By (author) C. J. Sansom

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  • Publisher: Pan Books
  • Format: Paperback | 512 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 188mm x 42mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0330450786
  • ISBN 13: 9780330450782
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations, map
  • Sales rank: 2,812

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It is 1540 and the hottest summer of the sixteenth century. Matthew Shardlake, believing himself out of favour with Thomas Cromwell, is busy trying to maintain his legal practice and keep a low profile. But his involvement with a murder case, defending a girl accused of brutally murdering her young cousin, brings him once again into contact with the king's chief minister -- and a new assignment ...The secret of Greek Fire, the legendary substance with which the Byzantines destroyed the Arab navies, has been lost for centuries. Now an official of the Court of Augmentations has discovered the formula in the library of a dissolved London monastery. When Shardlake is sent to recover it, he finds the official and his alchemist brother brutally murdered -- the formula has disappeared. Now Shardlake must follow the trail of Greek Fire across Tudor London, while trying at the same time to prove his young client's innocence. But very soon he discovers nothing is as it seems ...

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C. J. Sansom was educated at Birmingham University, where he took a BA and then a Ph.D. in history. After working in a variety of jobs, he retrained as a solicitor and practised in Sussex, until becoming a full-time writer. He lives in Sussex.

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By Janice Margaret Warne 31 Dec 2010 5

Shardlake is again drawn into the machinations of Henry V111.The King wants an invincible war weapon(now, where have we heard this before?)and people will do murder to attain it.Again, C.J.Sansom draws the reader into the 16th. century of England, with all the descriptions of life during those turbulant times.The ignorance of the period is disturbing, and Shardlake is mocked and scorned by many because of his hunched back, but his stout heart and understanding of the various protaganists he must face, makes for great page-turning reading!

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C. J. Sansomas highly atmospheric and well-crafted sixteenth-century thriller... vividly describes the turbidity of Tudor London. (Jasper Fforde)