August 3rd, 2010

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The Fool’s Girl by Celia Rees

The Blurb On The Back:

”’My name is Feste.’ The clown cradled the folly stick to his chest, twisting its face away to avoid further scrutiny. He turned to welcome his companion back. ‘This is Violetta.’”.

Violetta and Feste are in London, the year is 1601 and William Shakespeare is enjoying success at the Globe Theatre. But Violetta is not there to admire his plays; she is in England to retrieve her country’s greatest treasure, stolen by the evil Malvolio, and she needs help.

In an adventure that stretches from the shores of Illyria to the Forest of Arden, romance and danger go hand in hand. In a quest that could mean life or death, can Violetta manage to recover the precious relic and save her country and herself?

Brilliant and original, The Fool’s Girl is a jewel of a book.

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The Verdict:

A clever, intricate historical novel with fantasy undertones that takes TWELFTH NIGHT as its starting point and imagines what happened afterwards. It’s an absorbing and intelligent read and one that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Cross-posted to bookish, fantasywithbite and yalitlovers.