"entertaining blend of historical facts with fantasy"
In Arden Grove near Stratford-On-Avon lies the hill that is
the heart of fairy. Once, Sylvanus ruled the fey but his
evil ways caught up with him and he was doomed to spend
eternity as one of the Hunter's dogs. Through trickery and
guile, Sylvanus plays upon the sympathies of the new king
of the elves, his brother Quicksilver, into using the power
of the hill to free him from his bondage.
Sylvanus, as evil as ever, makes his way to London,
spreading carnage, death and illness as he passes.
Realizing what he's done, Quicksilver travels to London to
find a way to defeat his brother and restore the natural
order of the world. Quicksilver, in his alter ego of Lady
Silver, tracks down William Shakespeare to warn him to
leave London for those who have been touched by fairy are
forever marked and Sylvanus will be able to use him for his
foul purposes. Kit Marlowe, a courier of Elizabeth I,
wants Shakespeare in London as a sacrifice to those of the
Queen's council who want a traitor. Sylvanus finds Marlowe
more than adequate for his purposes, leaving it up to
others to defeat the evil Sylvanus.
ALL NIGHT AWAKE is an entertaining blend of historical
facts with fantasy lore. Readers learn how Shakespeare
obtained his muse, the fate of Kit Marlowe, and the court
intrigues that center on Queen Elizabeth I. The antagonist
is one of the most odious creatures to grace the pages of a
book so the reader wants him defeated. Sarah A. Hoyt's
prose has a lyrical feel that adds to a wonderful work.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted September 15, 2002
Both William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe were given
their creative spark in the world of the faerie, where they
each loved the Lady Silver. But now Lady Silver, who loves
them both still, has come to London to track down a
creature of supernatural might and vaulting ambition-and it
is about to put both the Bard and his rival in grave
With the same blend of romance and magic that made Ill Met
By Moonlight "a delightful fantastic speculation"
(Booklist), Sarah Hoyt offers a new novel about the
greatest playwright of all time-and the passions that