Saturday, August 28, 2010
Violetta, a beautiful young girl, who has traveled far away from her home from Illyria to London with a man named Feste, as her only companion. They are in London with a great task. Violette wants to get back an object which belongs to her, the Duchess of Illyria, and to her country. Without that object she is not able to save her home from the hands of her enemies. She seeks out help from William Shakespeare, a playwright and actor, working at London. Violetta tells her story for Will. Will feels bad for the young girl lost in a weird place for her, and decides to help her. With Will, Feste and new friends Violetta starts and adventure with a goal to earn the object back to the rightful owner. The adventure spreads from London to Stratford and all the way to Illyria. During her journey Violetta meets friends from the past, falls in love and fights for the future of her country.
The book started off kind of dull and boring and I almost put it down. Once new characters are introduced and the story starts to built up. William Shakespeare was one of the main reasons why I kept reading this book. It was interesting to read Rees's portrayal of Shakespeare. Also, The plot lacked adventure that I was craving especially since she is writing a story with Shakespeare in it. I could've easily have put it down and not picked it back up for days. The author did a good job when researching and writing, but I just didn't feel it was for me. I pushed on and finished it and was happy I did.
I suggest this book for the fans of William Shakespeare, but also for the ones who do not know anything about Shakespeare before hand. This book tells the story of Shakespeare's 'Twelth Night' in a other way, so for the lovers of Twelth Night, this is a good read. I haven't read 'Twelth Night' but after reading this book I think I will pick it up at some point and read it. Eventually.