Dark Fire

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Publisher Description

It is 1540 and the hottest summer of the 16th 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.

GENRE
Crime & Thrillers
NARRATOR
AL
Anton Lesser
LANGUAGE
FI
Finnish
LENGTH
06:27
hr min
RELEASED
2007
4 October
PUBLISHER
Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
PRESENTED BY
Audible.co.uk
SIZE
282
MB

Customer Reviews

phoebz2110 ,

Great story, fantastic narrator

Dark Fire, as the next book in the Shardlake series, following the equally great "Dissolution." The story of Dark Fire works just as well as a stand alone narrative and is fantastically read by Anton Lesser. A must if you like your historical novels told from a more original view point, in this case, we see Tudor England during the reign of Henry VIII through the eyes of a truly original and interesting main character, the hunchback lawyer Matthew Shardlake, drawn in to aid Thomas Cromwell on a new case. Addictive historical fiction with the "whodunnit" element. Can't wait to start Sovereign!

Lizzyletherbeth ,

Lovely tones

I really quite like these Shardlake books, but what gives them a sparkling lift is the specific characterization conjured by the narrator. It would be the skill of that fine actor Anton Lesser that crystalizes each individual in my mind's eye, so much so that passing interest in a character's jeopardy becomes deep involvement and of some moment. It goes to show that a rattling good tale well told is powerful stuff. I'm too old and gristly to have a crush, but I would buy the latest book in the series only if it was read by him. But it isn't. So I'm not. So there.

theschnauzermum ,

Excellent!

great story and great narration, downloading the next in series right now :)

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