The Fool's Girl
Violetta and her comic companion, Feste, have come in search ...more
There are things mentioned about Violetta - mentioned, but never actually shown to us. We see her in the beginning of the ...more
No. Not enjoyable at all.
When I first started reading I loved Celia Rees's descriptions--they were vivid, effective, and thorough. Then, as I kept reading I began to grow bored of them. Not because they were any less ...more
The Fool's Girl is ...more
At least it might if she—and her savior, Feste the clown—play their cards right.
But will their story be gripping enough to keep Violetta alive? With so many people out to kill her?
Celia Rees has a wonderful writing style. Enough drama and danger to get you hooked. Vivid detail. And prose so smooth you ...more
This one was engaging, but extremely niche.
I happen to have read Twelfth Night several times, for school and for pleasure, along with the majority of Shakespeare's other works. So it was fairly easy for me to follow the characters and plot.
I really don't think the same could be said for anyone less familiar with the play. It's a very ...more
Upon reflection, I find that my favorite character was not the main character. For me, the main character is a bit of a bore-- there was nothing special about this strong female character. Her story and life were interesting,...more
In the beginning we find William Shakespeare or Will - as he is called throughout the book, roaming the streets of London. He comes across an unusual street performance and finds himself intrigued by the performing fool and his companion Violetta. Little does Will know though that their meeting is no coincidence.
Violettta is of ...more
Despite not having a great interest in historical fiction, I do find myself to be quite fascinated with Shakespeare and the period of time that he ...more
The Fool’s Girl is a story about young Violetta, a duchessa to-be. Her country in shambles, Violetta and Feste the clown go to London in pursuit of the evil Malvolio who has stolen a mysterious holy relic that is her country’s greatest treasure. They must create a plot to capture the relic with the help of famous playwright William Shakespeare. It’s uncertain where the trail is leading until Violetta’s childhood love, Stephano, steps into the story. Who can Violetta and ...more
She was born in 1949 in Solihull, West Midlands but now lives in Leamington Spa with her husband and teenage daughter. Rees attended University of Warwick and earned a degree in History of Politics. After university, she taught English in Coventry secondary schools for seventeen years, ...more