Blood and Ink
D. K. Marley
While England is torn apart by religious metamorphosis, Kit Marlowe is sucked into the labyrinth of espionage, blood, murder, and betrayal. A chance meeting with an unknown actor from Stratford, Will Shakespeare, sets him on a Faustus-like path of destiny. “I loved this story – the plot was excellent, the writing style was spot on…” (Donna’s Book Review)
History shows Kit Marlowe died in a tavern brawl in Deptford in 1593, but did he?
England is torn apart by religious metamorphosis and espionage. The stages of England and bright intellectual boys are used to bolster Queen Elizabeth I’s reign and propagate the rising Protestant faith. At the age of eight, Christopher Marlowe, the muse’s darling, is sucked into the labyrinth of secret spy rings, blood, murder, and betrayal, while his own ambition to become England’s favourite playwright drifts further from his grasp.
As Christopher grows to manhood, he sinks further into the darkness, and a chance meeting with an unknown actor from Stratford-upon-Avon, William Shakespeare, sets him on a path of destiny – a fate of forced exile and the revelation that the real enemy is not an assassin of Rome, but a man who stared into his eyes and smiled. One he did not expect.
Winner of the 2018 Bronze Medal for Historical Fiction from The Coffee Pot Book Club and a five-star review from The Historical Novel Society.
“…a first-rate and gripping story, adorned in many places by some very pretty turns of phrase.” (Steve Donoghue of HNS)