King of Shadows
WHAT'S NAT DOING IN SHAKESPEARE'S TIME?
Only in the world of the theater can Nat Field find an escape from the tragedies that have shadowed his young life. So he is thrilled when he is chosen to join an American drama troupe traveling to London to perform A Midsummer Night's Dream in a new replica of the famous Globe theater.
Shortly after arriving in England, Nat goes to...more
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Susan Cooper, who won the Newbery Medal for The Grey King (of the Dark Is Rising sequence) has full control of her magic. In King of Shadows (the title of the book comes from Midsummer Night’s Dream) she shows that she understands the magic of the theater; how a group of people in an enclosed space can make the impossible happen. In this splendid novel for young people, she has translated this understanding into a ravis ...more
The protagonist, Nat Field, is a young actor who has come over to play at the Globe with his company. Somehow he goes to bed feeling ill and then wakes up in Shakespearean England. With Shakespeare. The rest of the novel is concerned with his adventures in this time period and also what happens when he returns to his 'normal' life.
And like I said, it's very very good. There's a heartrending moment when Nat almost falls in love with Shakespeare and Cooper conveys this hero worshi ...more
I'm not saying it was a terrible book, but I don't really think it was worth my time.
If I hadn't been assigned it for school and if half my grade hadn't depended on it, I would never have picked it up. It was a book for a twelve-year-old, not a high school student.
It had an awesome storyline, good characters and a great ending, but it just lacked addictability. I fell asleep reading it.
Maybe its because our teacher forced us to read it and said 50% of our grade depe ...more
When Nathan (the mane part beside Shakespeare) leaves the wonderful play write Shakepear i cried and i garenty you will to.
Book battle over, can now post my review
King of Shadows is about eleven year-old Nat, an aspiring theater actor who wakes up one morning and realizes he has gone back four hundred years in time to 1599 and has to act alongside William Shakespeare (!!!). And yes, Nat is just as freaked out about that time jump (and Shakespeare) as you would imagine. Nat is really personable and I really grew to like him by the time I finished reading. I will admit that I ...more
Rating: Probably a 4.5 if we're going to be exact.
Goodness, but this book is even better than I remembered. This is excellent storytelling with extremely interesting characters (well, mostly Nat and Shakespeare, but the others are all right). As a first-time reader of the novel, I was fascinated with the descriptions of Elizabethan England. This time I was especially drawn to the characterization for Nat and Shakespeare, and to the details about the "magic" of ...more
Nat Field is a young American actor given the once-in-a-lifetime chance to perform at the reconstructed Globe Theater in London in 19 ...more
As a primer to A Midsummer Night's Dream, I doubt it could be bested- as well as explaining the play's convoluted (and slightly daft) plot in terms that ...more
There is one particular scene in one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies, 'Julius Caesar', that is as revealing as it is memorable. I am referring to Act 4, Scene 3 of the play, in which Brutus, the Roman patrician, gently puts his serving-boy, Lucius, to bed after he had fallen asleep whil ...more
Alas, from my point of view there was a significant flaw in the premise of the story as expla ...more
For me, the protagonist was a bit boring and one-dimensional, and the plot was slow at times. I wasn't engaged and I am an adult who is very interested and has done a lot of work on Shakespeare, so I do wonder about how teenagers will get on.
Be aware that the lexis is quite advanced for the seemingly targe ...more
Nat Field is a young actor recruited by a somewhat mysterious man named Arby to play Puck in Arby's version of "A Midsummer Night's Dream". The company of actors are all boys aged 11-18. They will play in the brand-new reproduction of Shakespeare's Globe. Just before the play opens Nat falls ill. He is tak ...more
I found this book to be on that was very good. It is clearly a book for younger readers but i was still able to enjoy reading it and to me that is the mark of a good book. Susan Cooper was able t ...more
Susan Cooper was born in 1935, and grew up in England's Buckinghamshire, an area that was green countryside then but has since become part of Greater London. As a child, she loved to read, as did her younger brother, who also became a writer. After attending Oxford, where she became the first woman to ever edit that university's newspap ...more