The Mirror and the Light

3rd in the series

by Hilary Mantel

Henry Holt and Company, 2020

Adult Historical Fiction

8 cups of tea out of 11

Summary: *Can you spoil this if you know the history surrounding Henry VIII and Thomas Cromwell?* These are the last years of Cromwell’s service to the king. There’s and execution of one wife, the death of another, and marriage of the next.

Likes: Mantel uses the deep POV and historical details to put the reader in that time period. Yet it never feels bogged down. I read this fairly quickly. The relationship between Cromwell and the king is complicated and that is illustrated well as his power increases and then deteriorates. I also like how much personal reflection we get from Cromwell and his brain is a complicated place.

Dislikes: A lot of people have the same first name and usually it took me a few paragraphs of context to figure out which one was being referred to or speaking.

Overall this conclusion to the trilogy was very interesting. I can recommend this whole series to people. I think it’s Mantel’s best written stuff.

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