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All Night Awake (Shakespearean Fantasies #2)

3.04 of 5 stars 3.04  ·  rating details  ·  50 ratings  ·  6 reviews
The fairie known as Lady Silver-who gave the creative spark to Shakespeare and Marlowe-is in London, tracking a deadly supernatural beast that is drawn to Marlowe. She must stop it before it destroys both their world and hers.
Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 28th 2003 by Ace (first published 2002)
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I loved this book. At it's heart it's a story about how people fight to protect themselves and what they love. Shakespeare, Marlowe, the fairies of Arden, and the Elizabethan settings are just the icing on the cake. Ms. Hoyt understands what makes humans tick better than most authors, and every character rang true. In most books I care about the characters because I admire them or want to be like them. In this book I love the characters because I know them, or (for better or for worse) I am them ...more
Part two of a trilogy, this novel looks at the life of a struggling young poet in Elizabethan England by the name of William Shakespeare.

Will is having a very hard time making it as a poet in London. He is not just a "struggling" poet, he is, literally, a starving poet. Will makes the acquaintance of Christopher Marlowe, the current favorite poet of Elizabeth I. Christopher has attracted the attention of the authorities, a sure route to a short life span. Back in his university days, evidently h
Jul 15, 2008 Kim rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of fantasy, fairies, and/or Shakespeare
I read this book first about four or five years ago, just as with the first book in the series Ill Met by Moonlight . As I recall, I didn't like this one as much as the first book and, upon rereading it, I still don't, but for an entirely different reason. It's not that I think All Night Awake isn't as well written, because it is, and the clever references to Shakespeare's works are still there. I like the addition of Kit Marlowe, whom I found to be a sympathetic character despite his flaws, esp ...more
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I wasn't expecting a sequel to Ill Met by Moonlight. That novel was complete and satisfactory in itself, so the appearance of a sequel came as a pleasant surprise.

Unfortunately, I didn't like All Night Awake quite as much as Ill Met by Moonlight, for several reasons. First, the metaphysics were more confusing than in the first book. Second, the constant use of Shakespearean quotes gets a little heavy-handed from time to time. Third, this book doesn't stand on its own as well as Ill Met by Moonli
Nicole Chase
I love clever historical fiction and fantasy, so this series is right up my alley. I think one of the marks of a good historical fic work is that the character inspires you to read the history of the person. The character of Kit Marlowe definitely meets that mark. A worthy follow-up to Ill Met by Moonlight - now on to the third act!
I was seriously disappointed by this sequel; I remember enjoying the first one quite a bit, but this one was just not believable (I know, what's to believe about a novel about Shakespeare and fairies? Still, this did not make the cut) I actually stopped reading about a third of the way in.
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