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!!

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel, A Review

When Anne Boleyn becomes a target of demise, Thomas Cromwell uses the opportunity for revenge that has been long in the waiting. This whole sequel felt like a spider web being spun, tighter and tighter, closing in on the Boleyn’s. As a reader who does not already know Thomas Cromwell’s whole story, I’m wondering if this web is closing in on him, as well? I feel like he is surrounded by shadows and is on the cusp of complete darkness.

This is an incredible tale and it is made more incredible by the way Mantel relates this story. There are parts that literally made me shiver and feel chills, particularly towards the end. And, I am not a person that takes fright easily so I know its these words that have been placed together so thoughtfully and wryly that I am left shaking!

I highly recommend this series for fans of historical fiction!! Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!!