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
A reason why I liked the book is that I loved the way the book was made and the fact that Nat went back in time. Something cool aswell was that the author Susan Cooper actually made it was that in 1499 they talked like how they talked in the book. I learned a lot from this book and it was great. What I enjoyed the most in the book King of Shadows was the transitions that Susan Cooper wrote when Nathan Field, the main character, would go back in time or into the present.
Now the reason why this book got 3.5 stars out of 5 is that a book is obviously not perfect. There were some spelling mistakes and some parts were confusing. For example, another reason why I didn’t like it is because you read about the book and how the rehearsals go and then Nat goes back in time and does the play then and then goes back to 1999 and has to do the play all over again. I feel like it was just a whole waste of time reading the end, I didn’t like it. Also, the explanation for his time travel jump at the end made me mad because I feel like the only reason that Arby chose Nat to act with his cast is so Shakespeare wouldn’t die and Arby could do the play.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone but for some young readers I'm not sure. What I am talking about is that two to three times the author would put in inappropriate language and that would be good for people that are young to reader. King Of Shadows by Susan Cooper was surprisingly a good book. Normally the summer reading books at my school are trash but this book was amazing. I gave this book 3.5 stars out of 5.
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
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
When Nathan (the mane part beside Shakespeare) leaves the wonderful play write Shakepear i cried and i garenty you will to.
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 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'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
Training camps and dress rehearsals. ...more
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
Probably aimed at around age 12 and I'm not sure most kids would pick up the emotional impact of the father-figure aspect to the story, but I loved it.
It may just be because I read this for school and therefore had to analyze the ever loving crap out of it, but this book quickly lost my interest. It wasn't for lack of quick plot or uninteresting characters (actually, that may have been a contributing factor). I found the problem to derive mostly from the fact that there was nothing huge to analyze. Yes, it had its underlying themes and messages and whatnot, but I f ...more
The book is very goo ...more
It was one fine, sunny day, a few months back, and my family and I were visiting the library. (actually I don't remember what the weather was like but you know what I mean XD) I had my library bag over my shoulder, it was already half (???) full.
I was walking through the aisles with my Dad and suddenly he stopped. He pulled a average sized grayish book from the shelves, took a glance at the inside cover, and plopped it down into my bag. It was cal ...more
Nat Field has arrived in England with his acting troupe to perform at the "new" Globe Theater in London. Upon his arrival he falls very ill with subsonic plague and when he awakes from a fevered sleep he is no longer in the present but back in time in Elizabethan England. He is an actor in this lifetime too and he meets and works with the real William Shakespeare. Through ...more
The relationship that develops between Nat and Shakespeare is unbearably beautiful, effortlessly bridging across the 400 years that separates them in reality. Every moment they share betrays a deep connection weighed down with a linger ...more
It’s tricky business creating a believable time slip plot, especially when one the main characters carries so much leverage. How does one create a genuine Shakespeare, a man of so much influence, yet so little is known of him? Susan Cooper manages to do so amazingly well, creating warm personalit ...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