Monday, 9 March 2009

Review – Bernard CORNWELL – “Sharpe’s Sword’

Publ: 1983
Pensby Library
ISBN: 0 00 616834 5
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 318p
Continuing the series
Rating: ***** **


What led you to pick up this book?
Continuing the series.

Describe the plot without giving anything away.
Sub-titled “Richard Sharpe and the Salamanca Campaign Jun and July 1812”, this takes Sharpe – now a Captain of the Light Company of the South Essex into a personal fight against a vicious and devious Napoleonic Colonel Leroux. Sharpe’s job is to safeguard the British spy El Mirador and in so doing is entangled in the Spanish aristocratic world of La Marquesa, a woman with secrets.

What did you think of the characters?
Typical Cornwell characters...

What did you think about the style?
See all my previous reviews – One of Cornwell’s attractions is his easy to read style.

What did you like most about the book?
As always there is a hint of doubt as to who are the good guys and who are the bad guys once Sharpe gets involved in politics.

Was there anything you didn't like about the book?
No.

Thoughts on the book jacket / cover.
Typical wonderful artwork from the Battle of Waterloo by Henri George Jacques Chartier.

Would I recommend it?
Yes, to all Sharpe fans and readers of historical fiction or students of the Napoleonic Wars.

BERNARD CORNWELL – see ‘Sharpe’s Havoc’

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