This book is AWESOME. Beginning with the title, clever wordplay shines throughout. Then the characters... We have William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, and Sir Francis Bacon set against political intrigue with romance and adventure on every page. Will is a spy in this novel, complete with a set of appropriately clever gear to get him out of fixes. There is a conspiracy of witches rising throughout Europe! Will is writing MacBeth!
My favourite character is Marlowe, hands down. There was a bit in the book where he was whining for coffee and I found myself mimicking him in empathy. I immediately made coffee, and was glad to turn the page and read Marlowe got his brew as well.
Reading this book sent me on a research spiral of fun, aided by the author's amazing footnotes and list of research books in the back. I will be spending a lot of time jumping down these rabbit holes of history, and I owe it all to Jacopo della Quercia. Many thanks.