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by Harry Turtledove

Genre: Science Fiction, General Science Fiction

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Master of alternate history, Harry Turtledove takes us on a what-if ride
to a sixteenth century Spanish-occupied England. The Spanish armada successfully
invaded England 10 years ago.

Now Queen Elizabeth languishes in
the Tower while a Spanish-led English Inquisition flourishes.

William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe play the boards under strict Catholic
censorship, as Spanish wannabe poet Lope de Vega spends his official time spying
for the military. Will's superior skills garner him two commissions. Spanish
leaders want him to write a play honoring the dying King Phillip II's life.
The secret English resistance wants Will to pen a play that will foment rebellion.
His greatest works are written and even he won't know which will play—until
the performance is about to begin.

Using period vernacular immerses the reader in Mr. Turtledove's world, however
the action is slow and unappealing. (Nov., 464 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed By: Kelly Rae Cooper

Publisher: NAL

Published: November 2002

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