The Prometheans are a secret society sworn to protect England and Elizabeth I. Kit Marley (Christopher Marlowe), playmaker, poet, and intelligencer, has been killed by a dagger in the eye, at the behest of a rogue faction in the Prometheans. Another talented polemicist is required and Will Shakespeare is recruited. But Kit is not dead. He has been spirited to Faerie, where now he must serve their two queens. He becomes the lover of one, Morgan le Fay, and her son, Murchaud. Kit can return to the land of the living, but only briefly. Meanwhile, Will is drawn ever deeper into a web of intrigue.
Bear brings the Elizabethan era to life and builds plausible personalities for two great dramatists about whom we know little. And it’s a rare pleasure to read a novel where the protagonist is a male bisexual. The complex plot is confusing at times and the Elizabethan dialog is betimes tiresome.
For a’ that, ‘tis well done.