The spy is Kit Marlowe and he cajoles his new friend into helping him secure the realm. What follows is a jaunt of one haphazard calamity to another, good humour and derring-do of "Shakespearian" proportions!
As a keen reader of historical fiction, I sometimes wonder if the genre takes itself too seriously. The books are always serious, deathly plots and treachery abound yet David Blixt's "Her Majesty's Will" is most definitely a shot in the arm.
I found myself smiling on every page as Shakespeare and Marlowe became a parody of themselves, akin to a Tudoresque Morecombe and Wise as they inadvertently muddle their way through various escapades and scrapes with death. Blixt has a talent for light hearted prose that is rich in detail, with inventive plotting and vibrant, colourful characters.
Blixt is a very talented author who deservedly won the "Editor's Choice" award in the Historical Novel Society's Independent Review for his book "Fortune's Fool" and whilst I haven't read that particular tome, if it is as exciting and well written as "Her Majesty's Will", then I will be buying it shortly.
Take a chance and read something that is well researched, historical and - yes - funny. You will not be disappointed.
I give "Her Majesty's Will" 5 Crosses and award David Blixt "The Golden Hammer & Anvil Shield" for writing an original novel which will have you laughing out loud.
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