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Publisher's Summary

Ever wonder what Will Shakespeares life was like before he was known as the Bard? Before the queen took notice of him? Before the Globe Theatre? Step back in time and into the Arden Woods about Avon. Find out what transformed the life of a petty schoolmaster into a writer of enduring vision.

In an instant this young son of a glover had his life ripped from him by the king of those that live under the hill, the King of Elves. Can this mortal overturn the will and power of the ruler of an immortal realm? He must, or face the loss of his love and his life.

©1999 W. Stanley Moss (P)2002 Buzzy Multimedia

Critic Reviews

"It takes a lot of guts to write a novel about William Shakespeare, and Sarah A. Hoyt has what it takes. The deed inherently invites comparison, and of course Ill Met by Moonlight falls short of the work of the greatest writer in the English language. However, the prose is solid; the story lines are involving, tough-minded, and sexually charged; the characters are interesting and sympathetic; and echoes of Shakespeare's work ring through the novel. If you like good fantastic fiction, you will enjoy Hoyt's debut novel." (Amazon.com review)
"The Pre-Raphaelite blonde on the jacket scarcely fits the image of the Dark Lady, but she does serve to signal that this is a quality item with crossover appeal to Shakespeare fans." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Jon
  • 03-05-2010

A surprise favorite

I picked this out because of my interest in Jason Carter and found a fantastic book. I don't know if it would have been as great in print but I would hope that the mystery and beauty would translate in any medium even without Jason Carter's execution of those northern English accents. The play is the thing after all and this one takes me places that Shakespeare never had before.

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  • Barbara
  • 09-08-2009

Go Quicksilver

Wow. A genuinely different take on Shakespeare and his works. I don't want to give away too much so I'll just day this is one of the most enjoyable alternate history stories I've come across. I also enjoyed the detail of giving Shakespeare and his family those Warwickshire northern kind of accents. A lot of attention to detail and now I need to know where the author takes it in the next book.

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  • Gina S
  • 14-08-2012

Stick with it!

What did you love best about Ill Met by Moonlight?

It starts out slow, but this book is a really great read. Most of the plot twists are not easy to predict and she did a masterful job of weaving a story together and incorporating many quotes that appear in Shakespeare. The reader was also great, adding to the presentation with dramatic breaths and speaking, but not overpowering the story.

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