|Plot Summary of Dark Fire|
|"Matthew Shardlake is involved in trying to defend a young girl accused of murdering her young cousin. His involvement in such a case, apparently cut and dried, brings him once more to the attention of the King's chief minister Thomas Cromwell. The secret of Greek Fire, the legendary weapon, has been discovered and Cromwell wants it for his master. When Shardlake is sent to recover it, he finds the owners murdered and the secret missing.
He must follow a twisting trail to discover the killers - and the Greek Fire - in Tudor London as well as trying to prove his young client is innocent."
Alan J. Bishop, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Dark Fire|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 30%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
- Difficult, but some clues given
Time/era of story:
- elizabethan era
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Kind of investigator
- skilled citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- a lawyer creature
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How much violence does he/she use?
- a little
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Average intelligence
- healthy but a geeky weakling
Part of a series?
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
How many deaths?
Unusual forms of death
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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