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This novel is thought provoking, beautifully written, and everything historical fiction should be I was skeptical about the author s ability to write about Marlowe and successfully sound like the words could be his, but Marley does an amazing job I believed in her Marlowe and hated Shakespeare for what he did to him.I do not give 5 stars often, but this book earned every one of them The prose is stunning and the plot captivating If you have not previously considered whether Shakespeare s wor This novel is thought provoking, beautifully written, and everything historical fiction should be I was skeptical about the author s ability to write about Marlowe and successfully sound like the words could be his, but Marley does an amazing job I believed in her Marlowe and hated Shakespeare for what he did to him.I do not give 5 stars often, but this book earned every one of them The prose is stunning and the plot captivating If you have not previously considered whether Shakespeare s works are truly Marlowe s, you will after reading this.The audio version is skillfully narrated, and I highly recommend it 4.5 stars This book reveals an author s incredible passion and knowledge of the topic and the language My goodness The LANGUAGE And the clever way in which sonnets and lines from Shakespearean plays are included in the scenes and dialogues Writers write what they know, right This book is so good on so many levels, I won t go into detail If you re even slightly thinking about it, READ it, and BETTER yet, get the AUDIBLE version because Jon C Dixon s narration of this novel is a CINEMATI 4.5 stars This book reveals an author s incredible passion and knowledge of the topic and the language My goodness The LANGUAGE And the clever way in which sonnets and lines from Shakespearean plays are included in the scenes and dialogues Writers write what they know, right This book is so good on so many levels, I won t go into detail If you re even slightly thinking about it, READ it, and BETTER yet, get the AUDIBLE version because Jon C Dixon s narration of this novel is a CINEMATIC experience You will be living and watching this book His range of characterization is simply amazing An exceptionally talented duo make the audiobook near perfect You ll be taking extra long walks, cleaning longer and cookingAn exceptionally thought provoking, entertaining, very well plotted book with an astounding cast of characters If BBC doesn t pick this up A brilliant read Blood and Ink is brilliant historical fiction that takes the questions surrounding Shakespeare s life and the authorship of the works that bear his name, and weaves them into a most enjoyable and credible narrative The story is rich in vibrant detail, from the sounds of horses hooves on cobblestones to the swish of cloaks and the innermost thoughts of both Shakespeare and Marlowe as it follows their lives from childhood to their final days The web of intrigue and espionage A brilliant read Blood and Ink is brilliant historical fiction that takes the questions surrounding Shakespeare s life and the authorship of the works that bear his name, and weaves them into a most enjoyable and credible narrative The story is rich in vibrant detail, from the sounds of horses hooves on cobblestones to the swish of cloaks and the innermost thoughts of both Shakespeare and Marlowe as it follows their lives from childhood to their final days The web of intrigue and espionage surrounding the court of Queen Elizabeth I is brought to life in the characters who surround her and the machinations of the Star Chamber, drawing the reader into the high drama and adding another layer of complexity to the tale told in these pages The writing is bold and vivid, seamlessly incorporating quotations from the works of both Shakespeare and Marlowe While it is definitely fiction, the author has made the story feel so real that it could, in fact, be history Blood and Ink is an excellent work of historical fiction I thought I knew about Shakespeare and Marlowe, but after reading this book, I realize I knew hardly anything not any though Blood and Ink was phenomenal, the story, told from both Marlowe s and Shakespeare s point of view, was gripping The world building was incredible so much research went into it that I felt as if the author must have lived in that period and time travelled back to write about it just amazing Marlowe, or Kit as he s called, was sold by his parents when he was jus I thought I knew about Shakespeare and Marlowe, but after reading this book, I realize I knew hardly anything not any though Blood and Ink was phenomenal, the story, told from both Marlowe s and Shakespeare s point of view, was gripping The world building was incredible so much research went into it that I felt as if the author must have lived in that period and time travelled back to write about it just amazing Marlowe, or Kit as he s called, was sold by his parents when he was just a child, pressed into working for an immense spy ring that used children I d heard of this before, but didn t realize just how horribly the children are treated Shakespeare and Marlowe meet several times during their lives at different points and their stories ultimately tie together The author takes a new spin on the idea that Marlowe faked his death but I won t spoil the story read it for yourself it s a fantastic historical fiction I will highly recommend The Coffee Pot Book Club Book Of The Year Award 2018 Bronze Medal.When a sparrow falls from the sky, God sees, he knows Christopher Marlowe was born in humble circumstances, but under the brightest of stars From a tender age, he saw the world differently from how others saw it His world was one of poetry and prose, sonnets and blank verse, and with his muse, Calliope, whispering in his ear, his future as a playwright was assured But then on one ordinary and unassuming day at The King s Sch The Coffee Pot Book Club Book Of The Year Award 2018 Bronze Medal.When a sparrow falls from the sky, God sees, he knows Christopher Marlowe was born in humble circumstances, but under the brightest of stars From a tender age, he saw the world differently from how others saw it His world was one of poetry and prose, sonnets and blank verse, and with his muse, Calliope, whispering in his ear, his future as a playwright was assured But then on one ordinary and unassuming day at The King s School in Cambridge, Kit happened upon a man who would take this would be playwright into the dark and dangerous world of espionage and murder.From lofty heights, did Kit s ambition grow However, he soon learned a bitter lesson which was that Hell hath no limits and where Hell is there must we ever be.From the banks of the River Stour to the elegant grandeur of Queen Elizabeth s court, Blood and Ink by D K Marley takes us on an unforgettable journey about one man s hope for immortality.What can I say about this book For the pages speak for themselves It is the story of not one man, but many As the players fan out upon the stage, Marlowe, and indeed all the principle historical characters from that time, put on a play for your enjoyment.For fans of Shakespeare, this book poses an age old question did Shakespeare, a skilled player, really write 37 plays and 154 sonnets This story, says no This story argues so elegantly on the side of Marlowe, and in such a way, that I, a lifelong lover of Shakespeare, found myself at times swept along with the whole argument With the language of the bards ringing so gracefully in the words that inked the pages, and the atmospheric setting of a book so well drawn that I was oblivious to everything that was going on around me, this story, this book, is the best I have ever read about this era and these people I cannot commend D K Marley enough for this beautiful story She has brought Marlowe and Shakespeare back to life in this magnificent retelling.The dialogue is as rich as a Shakespeare sonnet, the darker moments, as terrible as the Massacre of Paris, and the lighter moments as amusing as anything that William wrote I adored the interpretation of both Marlowe and Shakespeare So although this is very much Kit s story, there would not have been a story without William s running along side it.This book asks many questions and D K Marley has tried to give plausible answers And although we will never know if Kit really did die in that dreadful fight in a house in Deptford, or if William really did pen the worlds most beloved plays, this story has something for anyone who is interested in these poets and the world in which they lived in.If you were to read only one book this year, then let it be this one.I Highly Recommend.Review by Mary Anne Yarde.The Coffee Pot Book Club Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe My Blog My Twitter3.5 rounded up to 4 stars.Blood and Ink by DK Marley is the tale of Christopher Kit Marlowe, Renaissance poet and playwright, near contemporary of Shakespeare In Marley s novel, our playwright is an unwanted child who is effectively sold to Sir Francis Walsingham, Queen Elizabeth s spymaster, who noticed the boy s intelligence when he visited a local school Placing the young Marlowe under the mentorship of poet and spy, Sir Phillip Sydney, Marlowe continues his education My Blog My Twitter3.5 rounded up to 4 stars.Blood and Ink by DK Marley is the tale of Christopher Kit Marlowe, Renaissance poet and playwright, near contemporary of Shakespeare In Marley s novel, our playwright is an unwanted child who is effectively sold to Sir Francis Walsingham, Queen Elizabeth s spymaster, who noticed the boy s intelligence when he visited a local school Placing the young Marlowe under the mentorship of poet and spy, Sir Phillip Sydney, Marlowe continues his education as well as learns how to be a spy for Walsingham As the years progress, Marlowe convinces Elizabeth to support his plays on stage in exchange for his services to her However, when factionsloyal to money and personal advancement than to the Queen step in, Marlowe makes a sacrifice that alters everything he has understood about the world, his writing, and himself.This was an interesting novel and can potentially be classified as alternate history, depending on one s perspective It takes one of thepopular theories about Shakespeare, which is that Marlowe was actually the author of his works, and runs with it in a way that is believable There are theories that Marlowe didn t actually die at the inn in Deptford and that his death was, in fact, staged so that he could go either into hiding, exile, or continue his spy work for Walsingham The author poses some of thecommon and interesting questions in her note at the end of the book, including why Shakespeare, one of the greatest playwrights of his day, was buried in a common churchyard rather than in a glamorous cemetery why the Queen provided her own coroner to preside over the inquest of Marlowe s death when it wasn t in her purview to do so why we never heard anything at all about Shakespeare until after Marlowe s death the education of Shakespeare and Marlowe Marlowe had a degree from Cambridge, Shakespeare was relatively uneducated and why was Shakespeare s grave dug 12 feet deep instead of only the usual 6 feet Marley takes pains to answer these questions andin the novel and does so quite thoroughly She also is careful to note that she herself is a Shakespearean, at least until there is solid proof that someone else was the author But it makes for a good story Various themes were at play throughout the novel, ranging from nature vs nurture to loyalty to ambition to betrayal The ways in which all these themes intertwine and influence one another are fascinating and very finely wrought, particularly the ways Marlowe had to balance his work as a spy with his calling as a playwright The mix of blood and ink throughout the narrative is a stark reminder that his dreams come at a steep price, one that may be too much to bear Overall, I think some of the characters were a tad one dimensional, though Marlowe himself and the major secondary characters like Walsingham or Queen Elizabeth are complex figures Shakespeare was the next most well fleshed character besides Marlowe, which makes sense, though his motives were only apparent near the end of the novel The last quarter or so of the book felt unnecessarily long and dragged down the pacing somewhat However, the attention to historical detail was excellent and made for an immersive read I particularly enjoyed all the bits and pieces of plays and poems scattered throughout the narrative It was fun to see words that we automatically credit to Shakespeare coming from Marlowe s pen or lips in this story, and it definitely reminds me that it s time to reread the plays again It has been too long I look forward tofrom this author in the future |Free ♷ Blood and Ink ♂ History shows Kit Marlowe died in a tavern brawl in Deptford in , but did he England is torn apart by religious metamorphosis and espionage The stages of England and bright intellectual boys are used to bolster Queen Elizabeth I s reign and propagate the rising Protestant faith At the age of eight, Christopher Marlowe, the muse s darling, is sucked into the labyrinth of secret spy rings, blood, murder, and betrayal, while his own ambition as England s favorite playwright slips further from his grasp As Christopher grows to manhood, he sinks further into the darkness, and a chance meeting with an unknown actor from Stratford upon Avon, William Shakespeare, sets him on a path of destiny a fate of forced exile and the revelation that the real enemy is not the assassins of Rome, but a man who stared into his eyes and smiled One he did not expect If you re a fan of literary conspiracies and Elizabethan theater, this is a book for you While I ve never been one to give the Authorship Question much weight I m firmly in the Shakespeare wrote his own work camp I was drawn into this book by this book thanks to vivid characterization and rich emotions It might have benefited from a biteditorial polish, but as a fan of historical fiction and classic theater, I found this book engaging and entertaining. A wonderfully told story about Marlowe and Shakespeare and the fate that brought them together I loved the ending and the prose Highly recommend. Excellent book Interesting and intriguing period of history I learned a lot about a subject I knew very little of I recommend this book highly.