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Review: Sharpe’s Tiger

By pcurd

Sharpe's Tiger
Sharpe’s Tiger by Bernard Cornwell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m listening to Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe books in chronological order as recommended by his fans and so this is a “middle” book in the series but the first book in Sharpe’s life. He is 22, a private, and bored with the army.

Throughout the book we learn quite a bit about Richard Sharpe and his desires. The characters are (in typical Cornwell fashion) well fleshed out, the baddies are bad, the goodies are complex, and the rest are just doing what they think best.

I was attracted to the series because they are acclaimed to have a fair and true representation of the period and I’m a sucker for historical fiction.

Other than some terminology that had to be researched (what is a shako!) I’ve found it easy and comfortable to follow – it’s written entirely in modern English bar some slang – and a delight to visualise the environments and characters going about their life.

For many people I imagine the book is a little boring since you know what is going to happen to Sharpe but I’ve managed to stay fairly spoiler free so I honestly don’t know what will happen to him (I assume he doesn’t die, there are at least 21 more books!) as he progresses through the story.

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