Dark Fire

C.J. Sansom

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Dark Fire It is and Henry VIII has been on the throne for thirty one years when Matthew Shardlake the lawyer renowned as the sharpest hunchback in the courts of England is pressed to help a friend s you

  • Title: Dark Fire
  • Author: C.J. Sansom
  • ISBN: 9780143036432
  • Page: 235
  • Format: Paperback
  • It is 1540, and Henry VIII has been on the throne for thirty one years when Matthew Shardlake, the lawyer renowned as the sharpest hunchback in the courts of England, is pressed to help a friend s young niece who is charged with murder Despite threats of torture and death by the rack, the girl is inexplicably silent Shardlake is about to lose her case w It is 1540, and Henry VIII has been on the throne for thirty one years when Matthew Shardlake, the lawyer renowned as the sharpest hunchback in the courts of England, is pressed to help a friend s young niece who is charged with murder Despite threats of torture and death by the rack, the girl is inexplicably silent Shardlake is about to lose her case when he is suddenly granted a reprieve one that will ensnare him again in the dangerous schemes of Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII s feared vicar general In exchange for two weeks to investigate the murder, Shardlake accepts Cromwell s assignment to find a lost cache of Dark Fire, an ancient weapon of mass destruction Cromwell, out of favor since Henry s disastrous marriage to Anne of Cleves, is relying on Shardlake s discovery to save his position at court, which is rife with conspiracy

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    1. Jeffrey Keeten on said:

      ”There were four or five illustrated manuscripts written by old monastic writers, giving vivid descriptions of the use of Greek Fire. Sometimes they called it Flying Fire, sometimes the devil’s tears, fire from the dragon’s mouth, Dark Fire: I puzzled over that last name. How could fire be dark? An odd image came into my head of black flames rising from black coals. It was absurd.”A Byzantine ship uses Greek fire against a ship of the rebel, Thomas the Slav, 821. 12th century illustratio [...]

    2. Bookdragon Sean on said:

      I’m really starting to warm to Matthew Shardlake. He’s a great character, and a perfect investigator; he is compassionate and clever; he is brave and realistic in his approach to his ginormous tasks. He is really aware of himself and those around him. He’s a hunchback; he’s an outcast and a figure for ridicule. But, he doesn’t let it get the best of him. Sometimes his rage at the narrow minded injustice he is subjected to is ready to spill over, though he controls it. He uses his schol [...]

    3. Emma on said:

      Another case for Matthew Shardlakewhen an ageing and increasingly gout- ridden Henry VIII is between Anne of Cleeves and Katherine Howard, wives 4 and 5, Thomas Cromwell once more calls upon Shardlake to solve a case.In paranoid times, England has no allies in Europe; where once reformist fervour swept the nation, and not so long ago, the tides have turned and against Lord Cromwell. Political chaos is the order of the day where intrigue and plots abound and where no-one can be trusted.CJ Sansom [...]

    4. Phrynne on said:

      Another excellent read in this fantastic series. I thought I was getting a bit bored with historical fiction but there was nothing boring about Dark Fire. Matthew Shardlake is such an interesting main character and he manages to gain a new assistant in this book who suits him admirably. Not one but two mysteries running parallel kept the pace of the story going and I found the historical detail to be just right - not too little or too much. Now to find the time to read the next one. I do love a [...]

    5. Samantha on said:

      I loved this sequel even more than the first book in the series! The author's credentials as a lawyer with a PhD in history are evident in the complex, finely written story that he creates around Tudor era lawyer, Matthew Shardlake.There is really no part of this book that I can disparage. The characters are multifaceted and realistic. I adore Matthew - he is clever and righteous but also insecure and modest. In this novel he is paired up perfectly with Jack Barak, who is young, courageous, and [...]

    6. Lance Greenfield on said:

      Continual suspenseMatthew Shardlake has put the nerve-wracking episode of his investigations at Scarnsea Monastery behind him and is living the relatively quiet life of a London lawyer of the Tudor era. Suddenly, his peace is shattered. He is asked to defend a young lady who is accused of murdering her cousin, but refuses to speak to anyone, even Shardlake. A difficult task, and even more stressful because failing to plea when brought to court in those days resulted in a slow and agonising death [...]

    7. Morana Mazor on said:

      I još jedan odličan Sansomov roman! Moji su omiljeni žanrovi povijesni i trileri, a ovaj autor ih genijalno spaja. Radnja se događa u Engeskoj u doba Henrika VIII kada Mathew Shardlake, odvjetnik, rješava interesantne slučajeve kroz koje, uz uživanje u napetoj radnji, uživamo i u temeljitim opisima načina života, običaja, politike i nekih povijesnih ličnosti spomenutog razdoblja. S užitkom krećem na sljedeći roman ovog autora!

    8. Paul on said:

      Pretty reasonable Tudor detective thriller; better than the first in the series in my opinion. Sansom is a historian and lawyer who has obviously combined his two passions. This one is set in the summer of 1540 at the time of the fall of Cromwell. Shardlake, the hero/detective is an honest lawyer (there's an oxymoron if ever there was one!)and is a likeable character. There is none of the mean moodiness and complex personal life here; Shardlake is a 40 year old hunchback who is unmarried. He doe [...]

    9. Stephen on said:

      3.5 stars. Solid sequel to the excellent Dissolution by C. J. Sansom. Not as enjoyable as the first book which is probably because having visited the world of Matthew Shardlake before, it wasn't quite as fresh or new as it was before. In addition, the mysteries involved in this installment were less compelling. That said, it was still a very good read and I will certainly be reading the next book in the series. Recommend.

    10. Phee on said:

      It’s been a hell of a long time since I read Dissolution. A good year and a half. I was weary about picking up this book after so long and I kept putting it off. However I’m pleased to say that I jumped straight back into this world as if it had been weeks not over a year. I think that should show you that Sansom’s writing is something special. I could remember the plot of the first one quite vividly, couple that with the fact this one is set a few years after the events of the first book [...]

    11. Jamie Collins on said:

      I enjoyed reading this, and I'll continue with the series. Sansom is a good writer and his characterization is excellent. I like Shardlake and his new sidekick Barak very much. The setting felt authentic and the author manages to include a lot of historical details without disrupting the narrative. But despite these excellent qualities I'm knocking it down to 3 stars because of a few serious flaws.Both of the mysteries in this book are weak. The first involves a girl accused of murder, and the r [...]

    12. Susan on said:

      This is the second Shardlake novel, following on from Dissolution. Shardlake finds himself embroiled in a complicated case, when a young girl called Elizabeth Wentworth is arrested for murder. Her family, apart from her Uncle Joseph, all believe her guilty of the crime – killing her cousin Ralph, the only son of her Uncle Edwin, whose London house she was living in. However, Elizabeth refuses to plead, which means she faces the Press (which was as bad as it sounds) and has been thrown into the [...]

    13. Angela on said:

      Dark Fire, the second in the historical mystery series which has the hunchback lawyer, Matthew Shardlake, as the central character, is a triumph for its excellent author,C.J. Sansom . This Tudor mystery is set in London in 1540. It is a time of change, when the great monastic establishments are being disbanded by order of Henry 8th and land is changing hands rapidly. Henry is married for the fourth time, his latest wife being Anne of Cleves, but he is completely dissatisfied with her. He lays th [...]

    14. Leah on said:

      This book was ok as far as historical mysteries are concerned. It got pretty confusing and convoluted, there were more characters and suspects than necessary. And in the end, the bad guys end up being the people you dislike all along. Still, it was fun to read about England in the 16th century. I learned all kinds of things that were pretty interesting. Like the fact that some women used nightshade (a poison!) to make their pupils wider because it was supposed to be sexy. The book takes place ab [...]

    15. Paul on said:

      The second book in the Shardlake series was as good as the first. In this the story starts with him being asked to represent a girl accused of the murder of her cousin. She is refusing to speak, and the initial court case almost results with her being pressed, a horrible process of being squashed under weights, as she has refused to speak. All looks desperate, but she gets a two week reprieve from the judge.The reprieve is from Cromwell, and Shardlake is summonsed to his presence. Cromwell is tr [...]

    16. Marnie on said:

      C.J. Sansom is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors and Matthew Shardlake one of my favorite characters. Lawyer Shardlake would prefer a quiet life but somehow he keeps finding himself in the midst of political intrigue. Thomas Cromwell, once again, forces my favorite hunchback to investigate a mythical weapon known as Greek Fire. I thought this sounded far fetched until I did an internet search and discovered that Greek Fire/ Dark Fire is thought to have existed.Sansom always doses his b [...]

    17. Michael Cattigan on said:

      I wasn't that enamoured of this, second Shardlake book. I liked the fact that Sansom took us in a very different direction and allowed us to see Shardlake at home in London rather than in the confined claustrophobic abbey of Scarnsea. Unfortunately I didn't find his London convincing. Perhaps I have been spoiled by Dickens and Sarah Waters so that I was expecting to see, feel and experience the filth and squalor of Tudor England and, in fairness to Sansom, he mentions it But I didn't feel he man [...]

    18. Helen on said:

      A wonderful, wonderful, wonderful historical fiction/mystery. Not quite as good as the first book in the series, Dissolution, only because this book is considerably longer and had a few subplots that were not quite a interesting. The main mystery was awesome and I loved the discussion of greek fire. I am very glad I found this series.

    19. Caroline on said:

      This novel begins in a hot summer in 16th century London, and we are wonderfully immersed in the sensations of the city.Against the ubiquitous heat, you get a fantastic impression of time and place. The dissolution of the monasteriese dust and noise of buildings being pulled down, or re-deployed. Displaced monks having to re-invent themselves in other jobs and lifestyles. You also get a great sense of the fervid political shenanigans of the time, both at home and abroad, as Henry VIII shifts fro [...]

    20. Kavita on said:

      This is the second book of the Mathew Shardlake series. Lush writing, rich descriptions and interesting plots make this book an amazing experience of travelling to London in 1540. Cromwell needs some work done and he calls on his old aide, Mathew Shardlake and sends an assistant to help him. In return, he provides extra time to one of Shardlake’s clients, accused of murder and facing a horrible death. The unlikely duo travel around London trying to solve two problems at the same time. The two [...]

    21. Gavin on said:

      This was recommended to me by someone who knew my taste for history and mystery. It could hardly have been more perfect.Essentially a Tudor detective novel, the main character of Shardlake is a humble lawyer who finds himself entangled in a plot which could impact upon the whole of Europe. But this summary is so facile that I am tempted to delete it because it makes the book's contents sound trite. Sansom is the kind of author which makes you weep that neither you nor those you speak to have hea [...]

    22. John Wiltshire on said:

      The second in the Matthew Shardlake series, this is another triumph of writing and plotting. Somewhat recovered from his ordeal at the monastery from Book 1, Matthew once again gets embroiled in the politics of the realm when Cromwell sets him the task of discovering whether dark fire--the legendary secret weapon of the ancient world--has come to London. (view spoiler)[This book sees the introduction of Jack Barak, who Shardlake initially sees as a violent, threatening ruffian foisted on him by [...]

    23. Nikki on said:

      If you want the conclusions of this book to be a surprise, you'd be best not knowing anything about British history. Several things are obvious from the start if you are. For that reason, in one way it's not as strong as Dissolution; on the other hand, weaving the plot into the political climate does make for interesting reading. I am finding these books kind of addictive: they have their flaws, but Matthew is a character you can root for -- and so was Barak, as the story went on. There are some [...]

    24. Anthony Ryan on said:

      As a lifelong history buff and fan of crime fiction my discovery of the historical detective genre was something of a delight, and C. J. Sansom ranks alongside Steven Saylor as one of my favourite writers in the field. All the books in this series are excellent but this second outing for lawyer turned occasional detective Matthew Shardlake is my personal favourite. Intrigue, murder and alchemical science abound as Shardlake is compelled by an increasingly desperate Thomas Cromwell to seek out th [...]

    25. Terri on said:

      Another fun read from C.J. Sansom. There's something about this series that captures my imagination. The two books of the series I have read so far have been lacking in vim and vigour (hence the 4 stars not 5), but I still enjoy them immensely as the author is very talented at presenting so vividly, a 16th century London to sink into. It is a time of Henry the 8th, Cromwell and the Dissolution and it makes a colourful background to the main characters crime solving adventures.

    26. Marita on said:

      Somehow this second Shardlake novel, about a weapon of mass destruction in a medieval context, did not capture and hold my attention as the first in the series did. However, Mr Sansom writes well, and I'll continue reading the Shardlake series.

    27. Ismar on said:

      C. J. Sansom – Crna vatraLjeto 1540. godine ostat će upamćeno kao jedno od najtoplijih u šesnaestom vijeku. Prošlo je osam godina otkako je kralj Henri VIII raskinuo sve veze s Rimom proglasivši se poglavarom Crkve, što je sa sobom donijelo ukidanje obreda na latinskom jeziku, raspuštanje manastira i štampanje Biblije na engleskom jeziku. Nezadovoljan brakom sa Anom Klevskom, pedesetogodišnji kralj za sve krivi svog glavnog savjetnika, lorda Tomasa Kromvela. Dok kraljevstvu prijeti in [...]

    28. An on said:

      Ik geef het toe: boek volledig beoordeeld op de prachtige cover, maar ik heb het me niet beklaagd :-) Ik ga zeker de rest van de reeks ook lezen!

    29. Carl R. on said:

      I've reviewed more C.J. Samson books this year than any other author. Just got into the guy and couldn't stop. From Heartstone to Winter in Madrid to Sovereign, he kept me going. Now it's Dark Fire. Chronologically it's the first in the series of Shardlake, the humpbacked lawyer and his investigations into matters surrounding the affairs of the time and environs of Henry VIII. Winter in Madrid is a Spanish Civil War tale, and a different matter entirely. I sort of wish I'd read the Shardlake tal [...]

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