If you have ever wondered about the lost years in Shakespeare’s life look no further. In Her Majesty’s Will, David Blixt has created a funny, lighthearted historical fiction where Shakespeare unwittingly joins Christopher Marlow to serve their queen as spies in a tragic comedy of their own making. While Shakespeare and Marlow work to save the queen we are taken on a tour of bawdy London taverns as they outwit many a foe.
The characters in this volume are cheeky, clever, and cunning. The settings are well described and both character and time are believable and engaging. Mr. Blixt has created a story which is both grounded in history and filled with speculation. Full of action, twists, and surprises, this is a great beach read. It was a delightful change of pace to have this comic historical fiction in my reading pile.
While I am not put off by this, I feel that it bears mentioning that there is some sexual tension between Will and Kit that certain readers may find unsettling. Also of note, Mr. Blixt makes use of some phrases in Latin or French throughout the story, which at times are undefined. I did not find this detracting from the story, nor did I feel that I was missing any important information by skimming over them. I could, however, see how not knowing what these phrases mean could be off putting or frustrating to some readers. I would give this book 3.5 stars. The story is fun and light and I would recommend this to anyone who has an interest in Shakespeare, historical fiction, Christopher Marlow, or action/adventure stories.
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