The Tyrant's Shadow

Antonia Senior

RRP: £17.99

6 April 2017

Published by Corvus

ISBN: 9781782396611

RRP: £4.99

6 April 2017

Published by Corvus

ISBN: 9781782396628

A court without a kingdom, a kingdom without a king…

England, 1652: since Charles I’s execution the land has remained untethered, the people longing for change. When Patience Johnson meets preacher Sidrach Simmonds, she believes her destiny is to become his wife and help him spread the Lord’s word. Simmonds sees things quite differently.

Patience’s brother Will has been bestowed the job of lawyer to Oliver Cromwell. Tasked with aiding England’s most powerful man, he must try to overcome his grief after the loss of his wife. Then Sam Challoner, Will’s brother-in-law, returns unannounced after years in exile, forcing Will and Patience to question their loyalties: one to a ruler, the other, a spouse. Who do they choose to save? Themselves, their loved ones or their country…


There are echoes of The Miniaturist in this picture of a seventeenth century marriage but Antonia Senior's depiction is more complex. The particular setting of The Tyrant's Shadow, in the turbulent wake of the civil wars, means the stakes are stratospherically high, making the novel as much a political thriller as a domestic drama. ...a gripping journey that twists and turns to the very final page. This is refined historical fiction at its very best.Liz Freemantle

An extraordinarily good historical novel by an author at the top of her game... If there's any justice in the world, it should be a bestseller.Andrew Taylor

Fresh and fearless historical fiction set in a fascinating era. And featuring top swearing. Loved it.Anna Mazzola

A satisfying tale of romance, politics and old-fashioned adventure.
Sunday Times (Ireland)

Senior's fresh, forceful writing breathes new life and relevance into the most destructive, dangerous era in English history. Totally gripping.
Kate Saunders, The Times on Treason's Daughter

This is passionate, wonderful, windswept writing, full of the wonder of hill and heath and sea... One of the must-reads of the year.
Manda Scott on The Winter Isles

Senior's prose is beautiful and powerful, poetic and yet immediate... Fearlessly and deftly done. I loved this book deeply.
Giles Kristian on The Winter Isles

A spirited narrative that combines the violence and energy common in such sagas with a subtlety that is much rarer.
Nick Rennison, The Sunday Times on The Winter Isles

The world as described here is brutal, violent and dangerous but Senior finds moments of tenderness and humanity in her characters, making them sympathetic and surprisingly modern - and the action is as fast-paced as a thriller.
The Times on The Winter Isles

Gods, but this book is magnificent! One of the best books I've read in the last five years. Magical.Ben Cane on THE WINTER ISLES

A terrific read... confidently written
Daily Mail

[Senior's] vivid characters [capture] this chaotic era with a lively sense of how it must have felt to those living through it
The Times