Two for Two: Another Disappointing Review Read
Her Majesty's Will by David Blixt is a (supposedly) humorous, fictional tale of William Shakespeare and his short stint as a spy attempting to protect the queen. Shakespeare and his friend, Kit (Christopher Marlowe) uncover a plot by the supporters of Mary, Queen of Scots, to kill Queen Elizabeth. Kit and Will have a rousing adventure while trying to warn the correct people and save the queen.
Not much is known about parts of Shakespeare's life. And the events that have remained a mystery continue to be of interest to Shakespeare fans today. Her Majesty's Will draws on actual events and characters of the day to weave a tale of what might have been.
As a fan of any historical fiction, I was intrigued by what might have been Shakespeare's former life. I like a tale that attempts to offer a good story woven around actual facts and people. I'm even okay with a stretch in conjecture. So, the description of this book drew me in, intrigued me.
Unfortunately, the expectation was better than the reality. The story used the rambling language common to the times. Even though it was Modern English and not Elizabethan, the rambling story was sometimes hard to follow. True to Shakespeare's plays, this tale was filled with crude humor and references. Perhaps I'm just prudish, but it was a little much. That, along with multiple references to an intimate relationship between Kit and Will made this a very crude tale.
I did make it through this one. But, I would give it a two star rating (and that's being generous). And I would give it an R rating for the language and crude humor.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.