INK AND STEEL
This is the third book in Bear's Promethean Age series and the first book of The Stratford Man duology. Split between the mortal world and Faerie, Kit Marley and Will Shakespeare are compelling protagonists, and the story is a gripping page-turner. The conflict between the two worlds is fascinating, as is watching Kit and Will negotiate their new realities.
Kit has been murdered. But unbeknownst to his friends and foes, he's been resurrected by enchantment and now serves a faerie queen, instead of Queen Elizabeth. In his mortal life he was a poet, playwright and spy for Elizabeth, and he wrote magic into his words -- magic that helped to uphold Elizabeth's throne.
After Kit's death, the task falls to Will Shakespeare, a talented poet and playwright who, unfortunately, lacks the same deft skill that Kit had. Luckily for Will and England, the resurrected Kit is still able, in a limited way, to help. (Roc, Jul., 448 pp., $14.00)