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this is a historical novel and sequel to Hilary Mantel’s award-winning Wolf Hall. Henry is disenchanted with his wife Anne Boleyn, though he battled for seven years to marry her. At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down. Anne finds herself in a web of conspiracies but she and her powerful family will not yield without a ferocious struggle. The novel follows up with the dramatic trial of the queen and to defeat her, Cromwell must ally with her natural enemies and the question is at what price will he pay for Anne’s head.
What makes this book stand out?
The historic aura of the novel makes us reminiscence about the other historical novels of famous authors like Shakespeare etc.
Read it for
If you have a knack for reading historical novels, it's the best book to read. Mantel opted for standard English and the present-tense narration keeps the reader along with Cromwell as the story unfolds.
Don't read it for
The novel lacks the shocking freshness which was present in the first book. The novel does not make any concession to the disorientated.