"Despite complex court politics and several attempts on his life, Shardlake stalwartly maintains his integrity while searching for truth amid the "vipers' nest" of Henry's court." - PW
"As always, former lawyer Sansom fleshes out the detection with rich historic details presented at a stately pace. Highly intelligent entertainment." - Kirkus.
"Starred Review. Atmosphere abounds in this marvelously drawn novel, which essentially is all about conspiracies to unseat King Henry, centered on resistance to his dynasty and his Protestantism, which were both unpopular in the North." - Booklist.
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