The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel, A Review

This final book in the Wolf Hall Trilogy opens with a vivid repeat of Anne Boleyn’s death and what happens immediately after her beheading. What is said and what is done and how the body is treated. The attention to these details leaves me wondering if Thomas Cromwell will forever be haunted by what has come to pass by the very people he personally placed on the chopping block.

Mantel paints a vivid picture with her words. Her writing is stunning and, honestly, it’s so intense that the images, dialogues and scenes she creates are almost hard to read. This work is very haunting and graphic in her portrayal of what could possibly be a small amount of guilt that Thomas Cromwell feels. Although, it seems to me to be an impossible emotion for him.

I cannot reccomend this series enough. I will admit the pacing is very slow, these are not books to be rushed through. But Mantel kept my interest piqued throughout and there was not a boring moment.

Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!!

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