fiction historical challenging dark tense slow-paced

688 pages | first published 2009

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Winner of the Man Booker Prize Shortlisted for the the Orange Prize Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award `Dizzyingly, dazzlingly good' Daily Mail ‘Our most brilliant English writer’ Guardian England, the 1520s. Henry VIII is on the throne,...
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Moods

challenging 70%
informative 59%
dark 45%
reflective 39%
tense 32%
funny 16%
emotional 14%
mysterious 14%
adventurous 10%
sad 6%
inspiring 2%
relaxing 0%

Pace

slow 77%
medium 19%
fast 2%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 50% | A mix: 38% | Plot: 8% | N/A: 1%

Strong character development?

Yes: 67% | It's complicated: 18% | No: 12% | N/A: 1%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 53% | No: 25% | Yes: 19% | N/A: 0%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 71% | It's complicated: 12% | Yes: 11% | N/A: 4%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 68% | It's complicated: 19% | No: 11% | N/A: 0%

Average rating

3.88