Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Review of The Fool's Girl by Celia Rees

The Fool's Girl Young and beautiful Violetta may be of royal blood, but her kingdom is in shambles when she arrives in London on a mysterious mission. Her journey has been long and her adventures many, but it is not until she meets the playwright William Shakespeare that she gets to tell the entire story from beginning to end. Violetta and her comic companion, Feste, have come in search of an ancient holy relic that the evil Malvolio has stolen from their kingdom. But where will their remarkable quest—and their most unusual story—lead? In classic Celia Rees style, it is an engrossing journey, full of political intrigue, danger, and romance.

This wholly original story is spun from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, and includes both folly and suspense that would make the Bard proud.

I’ve read a good number of the Bard’s plays and upon hearing that The Fool’s Girl was based on Twelfth Night was very intrigued, as Twelfth Night is my favorite Shakespeare play. As cool as this book sounded, I didn’t end up loving it. I think Rees had some great ideas and have another one of her books, namely Witch Child, so I’ll definitely try more by her.

In the afterward of this book, Rees made a note about how she wanted to depict Shakespeare before he became a famous playwright. I loved this idea because it meant that he was interacting with all of his characters from Twelfth Night. I have to say that I think that while the I had a hard time following the plot of this book, it was very nicely paced.

Unfortunately, the part of this book that really flopped for me was the writing. It was too dry to really engage me. There were two paragraphs that I thought were well done, however, so maybe it was just this particular pick.

The Fool’s Girl gets big points in my book for an original premise. It was an enjoyable read, but it’s not about to become one of my new favorites. However, Rees seems to have published a diverse array of historical novels, so remain eager to read Witch Child.

Disclosure: I purchased a copy of this book.

1 comment:

  1. Sometimes the premise/thought just doesn't pan out though I do like the idea of Shakespeare before he was famous.



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