Friday, October 4, 2013
[book review] Sharpe's Fortress
Posted by matt jackson
After tearing through the excellent second book, Sharpe's Triumph, I literally sped through this book. At 384 pages, it is not a small book. I read from 9pm last night to 2am in the morning, then today I read from 5 to 8 to finish it, ripping through the last 200 or so pages....a literal page turner. Bernard Cornwell is a damn fine author and he really kicks it up the action and intrigue with this book.
So, to recap over the last twelve days I have gorged myself on 1120 pages of Sharpe's adventure:
Sharpe's Tiger - 352 pages
Sharpe's Triumph - 384 pages
Sharpe's Fortress - (oddly) 384 pages
I actually needed to stop reading about an hour shy of the finish, but I ignored my duties and kept turning pages. This was the most exciting ending of all the books. All the threads and sub-plots were wrapped up and I was breathless when I turned the last page. Stunning is all I can say.
As with the other books, one part I absolutely love is the afterward Mr Cornwell places at the end of each of his books. Here he admits to his changes in facts and then informs the readers of the actual facts. I find this part of each book exhilarating and enlightening. As much as I plod through the book eager for the conclusion, I have equal excitement for these tidbits of historical information.
If you have ever thought of reading a good rollicking adventure with a wonderful goodhearted rogue that goes from a orphaned penniless kid to a gentlemen (well sort of) officer who manages to work his way into some of the most amazing battles and cozy up to some of the biggest names from the British India campaign....then you have to read these books. If you have not read these, you are seriously missing out.