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Bear has done her homework for the setting of this delightful little piece of politicking that begins when Cristofer Marley, better known as Kit Marlowe, turns up stabbed through the eye and branded a traitor. Complications arise when he wakes up in Faerie and is pressed into the service of another queen. A group including Burbage and Oxford brings Will Shakespeare in to replace Marley, and while Will labors for Gloriana, Kit serves the Fae court. Both endeavor to live, love, and do their duty. There is a war to be fought with words both in and outside of the mortal realm. Bear takes a period that is famously a maze of intrigue and treachery, adds more of each to the mix, and comes up with a fine story that even a mere mortal may follow. Her take on the apparent inconsistencies in the lives of Marlowe and Shakespeare is certainly no less far-fetched than some that purport to be scholarly. A damn fine reimagining of history and legend. --Regina Schroeder
After spending six years in the Mojave desert, Elizabeth Bear attended the University of Connecticut, where she studied anthropology and English literature. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The historical voice and research on this was amazing, and the adventures of the main characters were everything I've always wanted for them.Published 2 months ago by Genevieve Taylor
A blend of history and fantasy is what typifies Elizabeth Bear's body of work, as does her reliance on folklore and literary references to craft her tales. Read morePublished on July 4, 2013 by R. M. Fisher
Every Bear book is worth a read. Not as good as the previous Premethean Age book but getting past the fact this isn't a series with all the same characters will make it easier to... Read morePublished on May 29, 2013 by s
Outstanding! This first book in "The Stratford Man Duology" (coupled with the equally exquisite Hell and Earth: A Novel of the Promethean Age) envisions an extra-teeming... Read morePublished on August 18, 2010 by Lisa Jensen
I should have read a few sample pages before buying. This is some of the worst prose I have ever read. Read morePublished on August 12, 2010 by Melanctha
This was an amazing reading experience. I love Elizabeth Bear's writing, but to have her take on Shakespeare was like a dream come true. Read morePublished on January 31, 2010 by Sonoma Lass
The Elizabethan period is a popular setting for many historicals--whether alternate history/fantasy or not, but few can carry it off and make it seems as right and real as Bear,... Read morePublished on September 14, 2008 by April
lizabeth Bear's duology featuring an alternative version of the Shakespeare and Marlowe we know from history definitely one the best books I've read this year. Read morePublished on August 19, 2008 by S. Lee