Blood and Ink
by D.K. Marley
Publication Date: March 28, 2018
The White Rabbit Publishing
ebook, Paperback, and Audible; 438 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
In the tradition of “The Marlowe Papers” by Ros Barber, the debut historical fiction novel “Blood and Ink” tells the story of Christopher “Kit” Marlowe, the dark and brooding playwright of Queen Elizabeth’s court. Marlowe sells his soul to gain the one thing he desires: to see his name immortalized.
Inspired at an early age on the banks of the Stour River, his passion for a goose quill and ink thrusts him into the labyrinth of England’s underworld – a secret spy ring created by the Queen’s spymaster, Sir Frances Walsingham.
Kit suffers the whips and scorns of time as he witnesses the massacre of Paris, the hypocrisy of the church, the rejection from his ‘dark lady,’ the theft of his identity as a playwright, and wrenching loss breathing life into many of his unforgettable characters.
As he sinks further into the clutches of Walsingham, a masque is written by his own hand to save his life from shadowing betrayers, from the Queen’s own Star Chamber, and from the Jesuit assassins of Rome, thus sending him into exile and allowing an unknown actor from Stratford-upon-Avon, William Shakespeare, to step into his shoes.
And so begins the lie; and yet, what will a man not do to regain his name?
“DK Marleyís exhaustively researched and spryly written novel Blood and Ink follows in the tradition of such minor-key classics as Anthony Burgessí A Dead Man in Deptford, and the central premise of Marleyís bookóthat Marlowe only faked his death in 1593 in order to escape the attentions of the Privy Councilówill be familiar to followers of the Shakespearean authorship question (Shakespeare, needless to say, features prominently here). Marley has sifted through a phenomenal amount of research, but along the way she hasnít forgotten to tell a first-rate and gripping story, adorned in many places by some very pretty turns of phrase. We may never have a final resolution to the tangled questions Marley raises, but as long as we get such strong and enjoyable novels as this one out of the tangle, we shouldnít complain.” -Historical Novel Society
I savored dropping candle wax on the backs of the spiders creeping across my writing desk late at night.
When I read the synopsis for Blood and Ink, I was very interested. I don’t read much set in Elizabethan time and I have never read anything about Shakespeare. William Shakespeare is known for his great plays. They have been studied, redone, and taught in schools. But what if William Shakespeare wasn’t the writer? Blood and Ink investigates this interesting “alternative history”.
Christopher Marlowe is a playwright in the court of Queen Elizabeth. After a series of events, Marlowe is forced into exile and meets an unknown actor named William Shakespeare. The drama unfolds at an exciting pace and I poured through the book with ease.
I adored the historical setting and the characters of the story. I’m not typically a fan of the Elizabethan period, but I was so intrigued by the controversy that surrounds Shakespeare’s works. I was very sympathetic to Marlowe’s character. My favorite part was Marley’s Q and A at the end of the novel where she discussed the very controversial topic and why she chose to write it. If you want to form your own opinion, you must read the book. I highly recommend it.
Thank you D.K Marley for sending me a copy. I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did.
About the Author
D. K. Marley is a historical fiction writer specializing in Shakespearean themes. Her grandmother, an English Literature teacher, gave her a volume of Shakespeare’s plays when she was eleven, inspiring DK to delve further into the rich Elizabethan language. Eleven years ago she began the research leading to the publication of her first novel “Blood and Ink,” an epic tale of lost dreams, spurned love, jealousy and deception in Tudor England as the two men, William Shakespeare and Kit Marlowe, fight for one name and the famous works now known as the Shakespeare Folio.She is an avid Shakespearean / Marlowan, a member of the Marlowe Society, the Shakespeare Fellowship and a signer of the Declaration of Intent for the Shakespeare Authorship Debate. She has traveled to England three times for intensive research and debate workshops, and is a graduate of the intense training workshop “The Writer’s Retreat Workshop” founded by Gary Provost and hosted by Jason Sitzes.She lives in Georgia with her husband and a Scottish Terriers named Maggie and Buster.
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