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Blood and Ink

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  24 ratings  ·  17 reviews
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Paperback, First Edition, 438 pages
Published 2018 (first published November 23rd 2010)
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David Rose
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was impressed by the very clever premise, the immersive historical setting, the characterization and, generally, the quality of the writing. Marley has presented a very plausible, even convincing, alternative history. The characterization of Elizabeth I was, I felt, superb. Marlowe and Shakespeare were both very well portrayed, the former slightly more sympathetically than the latter. The pace is historically apt, a steady tempo rather than something one rushes through. I deduct one star for t ...more
Jennifer Macaire
I thought I knew about Shakespeare and Marlowe, but after reading this book, I realize I knew hardly anything (not anymore though!) Blood and Ink was phenomenal, the story, told from both Marlowe's and Shakespeare's point of view, was gripping. The world building was incredible - so much research went into it that I felt as if the author must have lived in that period and time-travelled back to write about it - just amazing. Marlowe, or Kit as he's called, was sold by his parents when he was jus ...more
Chrystyna Lucyk-Berger
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This book reveals an author's incredible passion and knowledge of the topic and the language. My goodness! The LANGUAGE! And the clever way in which sonnets and lines from Shakespearean plays are included in the scenes and dialogues. (Writers write what they know, right?). This book is so good on so many levels, I won't go into detail. If you're even slightly thinking about it, READ it, and BETTER yet, get the AUDIBLE version because Jon C. Dixon's narration of this novel is a CINEMATI
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Blood and Ink by DK Marley is the tale of Christopher “Kit” Marlowe, Renaissance poet and playwright, near contemporary of Shakespeare. In Marley’s novel, our playwright is an unwanted child who is effectively sold to Sir Francis Walsingham, Queen Elizabeth’s spymaster, who noticed the boy’s intelligence when he visited a local school. Placing the young Marlowe under the mentorship of poet and spy, Sir Phillip Sydney, Marlowe continues his
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant read.

‘Blood and Ink’ is brilliant historical fiction that takes the questions surrounding Shakespeare’s life and the authorship of the works that bear his name, and weaves them into a most enjoyable and credible narrative.

The story is rich in vibrant detail, from the sounds of horses’ hooves on cobblestones to the swish of cloaks and the innermost thoughts of both Shakespeare and Marlowe as it follows their lives from childhood to their final days.

The web of intrigue and espion
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're a fan of literary conspiracies and Elizabethan theater, this is a book for you. While I've never been one to give the Authorship Question much weight - I'm firmly in the "Shakespeare wrote his own work" camp - I was drawn into this book by this book thanks to vivid characterization and rich emotions. It might have benefited from a bit more editorial polish, but as a fan of historical fiction and classic theater, I found this book engaging and entertaining.
Kristin Wall
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderfully told story about Marlowe and Shakespeare and the fate that brought them together. I loved the ending and the prose. Highly recommend.
Teresa McRae
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. Interesting and intriguing period of history. I learned a lot about a subject I knew very little of. I recommend this book highly.
Mary Yarde
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Coffee Pot Book Club Book Of The Year Award 2018 — Bronze Medal.

When a sparrow falls from the sky, God sees, he knows. Christopher Marlowe was born in humble circumstances, but under the brightest of stars. From a tender age, he saw the world differently from how others saw it. His world was one of poetry and prose, sonnets and blank verse, and with his muse, Calliope, whispering in his ear, his future as a playwright was assured. But then on one ordinary and unassuming day at The King’s
Alex (Briennai)
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I did not know anything about Marlowe his connection with Shakespeare, or much about this time period at all when I picked up this novel. I think it really helped me to connect with the story even more, as every little detail was brand new information to me.

Kit has his innocence ripped away from him at a young age, as his parents sell him to the Queen's spymaster at the tender age of 8. He wants to become a playwright and his angel guides his education, but even his angel can't shiel
Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare were both young men who grew up under the reign of Elizabeth I. Christopher or Kit was guided by the muse Calliope to have an ingenious wit and create wonderful works of written word. When still very young, Kit's talent was noticed by Sir Francis Walsingham, Elizabeth's spymaster. Kit was whisked away from his family in return for schooling. However, Kit was really being groomed as a spy for Elizabeth herself. Kit's dream is to be a famous playwright a ...more
Jason Oliver
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We are all familiar with the works of Shakespeare. I knew of Christopher Marlowe before reading Blood and Ink. But what if history is wrong with the truth a story of espionage, betrayal, and conspiracy?

This is not a new theory. A Wikipedia page covers "Shakespeare authorship question. The top candidates for the true author of Shakespeare are Francis Bacon, Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, Christopher Marlowe, and William Stanley, 6th Earl of Derby.

Mark Twain held to the belief of
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Donna Maguire

I loved this story – the plot was excellent, the writing style was spot on, and even though it was one of the longer books I have read recently, I was completely swept up in the story and I flew through the book in just a few hours – I thought the whole thing was superb and thoroughly enjoyed it!

I am a massive fan of fiction in the Tudor period and this ticked all the boxes for me! The amount of research completed by the author and her knowledge of this period was evident th
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bravo D.K. Marley, Bravo, Bravo, Bravo. A new favorite and I will read it again. And perhaps again. And perhaps again. Wow.
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D. K. Marley is a historical fiction writer specializing in Shakespearean themes. Her grandmother, an English Literature teacher, gave her a volume of Shakespeare's plays when she was eleven, inspiring DK to delve further into the rich Elizabethan language. Eleven years ago she began the research leading to the publication of her first novel "Blood and Ink," an epic tale of lost dreams, spurned lo ...more
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“His mind relished the sudden prick of words as her soft, ethereal lips kissed his forehead, filling his mind with a rhythm of words.” 1 likes
“In truth, I bear the fault alone, for a writer longs to see his words come to life, especially as a playwright to see the characters you create in your mind come to flesh and blood on the stage. What delight strokes the vanity of a writer to hear the swoons of the penny-stinkers clamorng at your feet and calling your name.” 1 likes
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