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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Book Review: Her Majesty’s Will by David Blixt

Her Majesty’s Will by David Blixt
Ebook, 247 pages
Sordelet Ink
April 23, 2012
★★★ ½☆☆
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Genre: Historical fiction, humor

Source: Received for review as part of Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tour
“Before he was famous, he was a fugitive.
Before he wrote of humanity, he lived it.
Before he was the Bard of Avon, he was a spy.
A very poor spy.
England, 1586. Swept up in the skirts of a mysterious stranger, Will Shakespeare becomes entangled in a deadly and hilarious misadventure as he accidentally uncovers the Babington Plot, an attempt to murder Queen Elizabeth herself. Aided by the mercurial wit of Kit Marlowe, Will enters London for the first time, chased by rebels, spies, his own government, his past, and a bear.

Through it all he demonstrates his loyalty and genius, proving himself to be - HER MAJESTY'S WILL”
This was a sort of different HF read than I am typically used to – one full of comedy and wit and William Shakespeare. I have read historical fiction interpretations of some of Shakespeare’s plays but never read a historical fiction where he is actually a character – and before he was a playwright none the less! This would best be described as a buddy story as the plot’s antics revolve around Will Shakespeare and Kit Marlowe and focus on their relationship in its various forms.

I certainly enjoyed the characters – how they were portrayed, their comedy, and relationships with those around them. As this is a story from the bottom of Elizabethan society looking up we encounter a lot of the “riff-raff” and personages you would not want to meet in a dark alley. I enjoyed seeing this side of things because in a typical Tudor or Elizabethan novel we are usually set within the court itself or with one of the noble families. This was a refreshing change – there were only a couple of characters from the upper class and they were bit parts.

This novel sets out to give us a potential option for what Shakespeare was doing during his “lost years” between Stratford and his London playwright days – in Blixt’s view, he might have been a very terrible and unwilling spy. While I enjoyed this unique plot idea and the vastly ridiculous amount of trouble the main characters find themselves in, I had a problem with it. My problem was that the fact that Shakespeare and Marlowe were the adventurous heroes didn’t seem to make a bit of difference to the story. It really could have been two fictional characters and the story would have come off every bit the same. For me there wasn’t much that made it important that Will and Kit were the duo of this story – I didn’t really “recognize them”.

Overall this was a laugh-a-minute tale that certainly should be read as a breather from the more serious and heavy novels. It will lift your spirits if you are having a bad day.

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Also by David Blixt:

the master of verona
The Master of Verona
(Star Cross’d #1)

voice of the falconer
Voice of the Falconer (Star Cross’d #2)

fortune's fool
Fortune’s Fool (Star Cross’d #3)

princes's doom
The Prince’s Doom (Star Cross’d #4)

varnished faces
Varnished Faces (Star Cross’d Short Stories)

colossus stone and steel
Colossus: Stone & Steel (Colossus #1)

Colossus:The Four Emperors (Colossus #2)

a sea of sorrows
A Sea of Sorrow
[My Review]

eve of ides
Eve of Ides

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  1. This one sounds like it is a lot of fun. Thanks for the review. I recently read Master of Verona and absolutely loved it.

    1. It was a toss up for me between this one and Master of Verona - love a good Romeo & Juliet story. Glad to hear you liked it.

  2. Sounds interesting! Hope I win this so I can read it!

  3. I haven't read any of his earlier works...would love to start with this one, thanks.

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  4. A new author for me but I do so like the setting in Verona. Thanks for the review.


    1. This book is set in England - you are probably thinking of his series about Romeo and Juliet - The Master of Verona.

  5. I had my doubts about this one, but you've convinced me to give it a try. Great review Heather.

  6. This is a well written novel and a great story centered around a "hero" we all know but know little about. It is well written and believabe fictional account.

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