Present tense is very difficult to pull off, and it's hard to settle into as a reader. Once I got past that, I was pleased to be back in Tudor England from a bit of a different perspective. Thomas Cromwell, in all my earlier readings, was more of an ancillary character. Here he's the main focus, and it's a fascinating tale indeed. There was much more humor than I expected here, and even a few outright laughs. I enjoyed reading more about the (imagined but researched) home life of Cromwell, and came away liking him much better than I expected to.Recommended, especially for Tudor junkies, and those that don't mind present tense and confusing pronouns.