Ink and Steel (Promethean Age Series #3)

Ink and Steel (Promethean Age Series #3)

by Elizabeth Bear


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ISBN-13: 9780451462091
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/01/2008
Series: Promethean Age Series , #3
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 10.88(h) x 1.01(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Elizabeth Bear was the recipient of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2005. She has won two Hugo Awards for her short fiction, a Sturgeon Award, and the Locus Award for Best First Novel. Bear lives in Brookfield, Massachusetts.

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Ink and Steel (Promethean Age Series #3) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
BellaMiaow on LibraryThing 8 months ago
If I had it to do over again, I'd read this and Hell and Earth first, then the "first" two Promethean Age novels. That would put them in chronological order, which is how I prefer to read.Normally, I'd be terribly unhappy with the fact that this book leaves so many loose ends. Since it is clearly marked "The Straford Man, Volume I," and the author's note states that it is one of two closely-linked novels, I don't feel cheated. It helps that this and Hell and Earth were released very close together.Bear's mastery of the language is always a pleasure. The book is well-plotted, and while I struggled a bit to keep up with all the similarly-named people in Elizabethan England, I can hardly blame the author for the fact that there really were three "Will's" in the same company of players, or several plotting Richards in association. I'm not well-educated enough with regards to that period in history to know how much of the intrigue is pure fiction, and how much may have historical basis. I look forward to the promised explicatory note at the end of H&E for that.
aprillee on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The Elizabethan period is a popular setting for many historicals--whether alternate history/fantasy or not, but few can carry it off and make it seems as right and real as Bear, particularly choosing as her heroes two such prominent figures as Marlowe (or Marley, here), and Shakespeare.That Marley is indeed working for Francis Walsingham and the Queen is a given, and it is natural that he doesn't actually die in that small room in Deptford (wild speculation has continued over the hundreds of years since, after all). That he's spirited off by fairies to the Court of Queen Mab (or Mebd, here), just fits right in. It seems there has been an ongoing war fought by poets, a magic and power in words that helps keep Elizabeth on the throne and which is mirrored in Faerie as well. Of course there is a power in the plays! How else are Shakespeare--and so many others--explained?Shakespeare is, of course, recruited after Marley is taken out of the picture. He must deal with conspiracies and danger as well as write... and worry about his separation from his wife and family up at Stratford. And Marley needs to negotiate the even more arcane plots and intrigues of the faerie court, and continue to think about those he left behind.There is a deep magic at work here, in this book, in the recreating of this time and place that resonates so strongly even centuries later. And the alien magic of the faerie, so rich and strange, is also captured so well that there is no question of disbelief. I was instantly caught up, in this amazing period of time, with these larger-than-life people (where even the bit players are important), during events both momentous and mundane.This is one of the best books out of literally hundreds that I've read over the past few years. A convincing Shakespeare and Marley and the addition of intrigue, adventure, magic and Faerie is just a combination I can't resist. I'm ordering the sequel--and I would buy these books in hardcover if I could.
slothman on LibraryThing 8 months ago
History says that Christopher Marlowe was killed in 1593... but in Ink and Steel, he was spirited away by the Fair Folk and entered into the court of the Faerie Queen. Even presumed dead, he is still entangled among the spies and covert operatives supporting the reign of Queen Elizabeth, and the Prometheus Club who back her with magic. But without Marlowe as an active playwright to serve their sorcerous ends, they need another-- Marlowe's good friend William Shakespeare. In both Earth and Faerie, the words of poets have power.Bear delivers us a tale of intrigue and secret history playing out in Elizabethan London and the realm of Faerie, with vivid detail of the daily life of the era. The court of Queen Medb is just as convoluted as the court of Queen Elizabeth, though the latter is seen more from the sidelines. I'm glad I waited until the sequel, Hell and Earth, was published; I wouldn't have wanted to wait to find out what comes next.This pair of books, comprising the tale of the Stratford Man, are part of Bear's larger series of the Promethean Age; Ink and Steel stands on its own quite well, and reading the Stratford Man before picking up the books set in the modern era would give more background to some of the characters in Whiskey and Water.
ladycato on LibraryThing 8 months ago
With the acclaimed (yet bawdy) poet and playwright Christofer Marley deceased, the members of the Prometheus Club turn to the heir apparent: Kit's roommate, friend, and rival, William Shakespeare. Will Isn't quite so sure about his new role in navigating the political intrigues of court, especially when magic is involved. Nor can he forget the loss of his friend Kit.Kit, however, isn't quite as dead as the mortal world believes. Absconded by the Fae, he becomes a prisoner of Queen Mebd and her court. Even as he is bound by immortals, Kit can't let go of his old life and continues to worry about Queen Elizabeth, Will, and the foul persons who maimed and almost murdered him. And as the author of Faustus, Marley knows better than anyone what is at stake.I am extremely torn about this book. Bear did a masterful job. It's beautifully researched. Unlike most books set in the Elizabethan period, she captured the very dialogue of the age, complete with wit and meter. Magic aside, it feels accurate and real. The characters are fully-rounded and complex. Will and Kit are very different men, driven by very different motivations, and both are geniuses in their own way.However, the negative. Yes, I'm probably a prude, but geez there was a lot of sex in this book. Graphic sex - gay, straight, incest, and more. Sure, it was well-written, but it became excessive and aggravating, especially toward the ending. Some of it was part of character development, but not all, and some of it could be well implied without such detail. Even though I'm curious about the second book in this duology, I won't be picking it up because I fear it will include more of the same.In summary: an artfully-rendered historical/urban fantasy, but not for prudes.
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vfranklin More than 1 year ago
I didn't know that this was book three and so It seemed hard to get ian to. I love books of that time and have read most of what I can find in book Barns and Nobles. Bio's and other wise. I'm going to start with the first book and will let you know later.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
Prometheus Club author and subtle supporter of Queen Elizabeth through his plays containing magic that emboldened her rule Christopher ¿Kit¿ Marlowe is reported murdered. Everyone who knows him is stunned and assumes the enemy Sorcerers assassinated the playwright who has caused them numerous problems in their effort to dethrone the monarch and destroy England. --- Kit¿s close friend young playwright Will Shakespeare is assigned the responsibility of the new author who spins magical spells with his literature. However, Morgan le Fey saved Kit from murderers resurrecting him in the land of Faeire. Meanwhile the talent and value of Shakespeare has made him a target of the various factions who want to control the Queen. However, Kit brings Will into Faerie where they must confront there an unknown force seemingly more powerful than queens on either side of the veil an essence that stalks them even as Kit knows they must go home to ferret out the Prometheus traitor who set him up to die. --- Set before the events of BLOOD AND IRON and WHISKEY AND WATER, INK AND STEEL is and exciting Elizabethan Era fantasy with the second part book to be published in August which is the only issue this reviewer takes issue with as we must bear a one month¿s wait for the finish. As with the previous books in the saga, the story line contains intriguing references to the real Marlowe and Shakespeare, which in turn makes the magic of their words seem even more genuine. Fantasy fans will appreciate Elizabeth Bear¿s terrific historical saga as Promethean Age is at its best in the treacherous land of faerie and at the even more dangerous seditious Queen Elizabeth¿s court of intrigue. --- Harriet Klausner