I read the first part of this trilogy a while ago and liked it well enough.
When I ran into part two in a charity shop last summer, it was clearly Meant To Be, so I bought it.
- Tudor history! Well-rearched stuff on the downfall of Anne Boleyn (wife nr 2) and the ascension of Jane Seymour (nr 3), while Thomas Cromwell is holding on for dear life to his position as the King's Secretary.
- Elegant writing. Though perhaps no Nobel Prize contestant, Mantel is not just a historian who writes; she is actually a writer.
- I am at a loss to determine what precisely is the matter with this book.
Suffice to say there IS something missing. A sense of humour? (Of a more outspoken kind than Cromwell's tongue in cheek observations, I mean.) Affection for the characters?
I really couldn't tell for sure. It's just a bit plain boring, at times?
In short : Not as much fun as it should have been.