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Oh, my! What a story!,
This review is from: Ink and Steel (The Stratford Man) (Paperback)
The main characters in this amazing book (Part II is 'Hell and Earth') are William Shakespeare and Christopher (Kit) Marlowe. Marlowe is dead, to begin with. The action moves between the England of an ageing Queen Elizabeth and the court of the Queen of the Sidhe in Faerie. This is not the Faerie of the Flower Fairies, or even Tolkienian Elves: the Sidhe are beautiful but they are not the least human. They are cruel. Marlowe now lives in Faerie: he can briefly visit his friends in England, but if he stays away too long he will die.
The politics of both courts drives the plot (which is fascinating), but what struck me most is the abiding friendship between Will and Kit: I could understand that the prospect for Kit of gradually losing everyone he has ever loved is terrible. Will, too, suffers because his life has become involved with Faerie.
I know these are books I will re-read again and again, and find something new each time.