King of Shadows

King of Shadows

by Susan Cooper
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read my fair share of historical fiction books of elizabethan england, and this one takes the cake. It trasports you right back in time along side Nat, and you feel like you're a player in the Globe with the Bard himself. As a theater actress myself, I could relate to Nat's passion for the stage, and this book helps make you appreciate Shakespeare and his time. It's a fantastic book, and I DEFINATELY recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is finally getting intresting but it is nealy the end of the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun and interesting look at Shakespeare's England.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think the book was really good. Sure it got confusing at times but it was really good. And those who dont like it OH WELL!! It was your choice to read it in the first place. Anyways, Susan you did a great job on this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Compellingly written half in the 1990s and half in the 1590s, Nat Fields goes back in time from acting with an excellent troupe of boys given the opportunity to go to England and act in the newly re-built Globe theatre, to Shakespeare¿s original Globe 400 years earlier. Nat is now a part of the Lord Chamberlain¿s men, and involved in all the beauty and excitement of the life of Elizabethan theatre, playing Puck to Shakespeare¿s Oberon. Will Shakespeare is portrayed as a father figure to the orphaned boy, and is portrayed beautifully and winsomely, the reader finds himself loving Will as much as Nat does in all his words and meaning, and understanding of what it is to love and loose. There is a great deal of Shakespeare¿s text woven into the book, done without drawing attention to itself, but sowing in the reader a love for the words of the bard, the ¿ever fixed mark¿ he has set on all of the world through his plays and poetry. I loved this book when I read it in high school, and was concerned that now that I have studied a great deal about Shakespeare I might find it less engaging than before, but my fears were unmerited. It is well and throughly researched, and my respect for the book has only grown with my understanding of Elizabethan England.
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The previous review states that the book contains foul language. This statement is incorrect.It is a fun story about a boy who loves acting and finds himself taking the place of Puck in a Shakespeare play to save Shakespeare and his company from catching the plague while the boy with the plague takes his place in modern times and is healed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When my grandmother told me to read it I didn't think I would like it but after I began to read it I couldn't put it down! Their is such emotion and it feels so real it's unbelievable. The only thing that I don't like about it is the ending. It just isn't as good as it should be. I mean after reading the rest of that book you would be expecting something jsut as good or better then the rest of the story. Other than that though it's wonderful. I would highly recomend this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
King of Shadows is one of the best books, if not the best book, i have ever read. Nat field, a kid around the age of 13 or 14 is chosen to be in the acting troupe 'The Company of the Boys.' Which is made of just boys. His dad died after his mom died, and so he joined the seperate world, a acting world. He felt safeness there. While in the Globe in London, he starts to feel ill. That night he has a dream, he is transported back in time about 400 years, around 1599. There he meets a bunch of friends and enemies. He also finds the father figure he has been looking for. William Shakespeare. The writing technique of this book is incredible. The way Cooper puts you in the spot where Nat is, is just simply amazing. Some of you who do not like History Books might not like it, but take it from me, i am not a histroy book reader... i liked it alot. it is not really just history, it is also mystery, and fictional. Give it a try!. i give this book a 5 star rating.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nat field is an orphan currently being raised by his aunt in America when he is chosen by Arby to go to England to perform the Shakespear plays as they were originally producedin their new Globe Theater. He is excited to play his part as Puck in A Midsummer's Night Dream. But, when he starts to feel ill, he is taken to the hospital to be diagnosed with the bubonic plague. When he wakes up, he is in the Elizabethan Age and will be playing the part as Puck for Shakespear in the original Globe Theater.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book! It has mystery, suspense,and a historic background. I've never really been interested in Shakespere but this book made me more interested in 'A Midsummer's Nights Dream.' It keeps you going till the end!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is really one of the best mistery books I've read. It will have you thinking until the very end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well I just finished the book and it is AWSOME!!!! I always liked William Shakespeare and now I like hime even more!!! This book has been such an insperational book and I will always love it!!! READ IT!!! If you dont you will regret it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was just awesome. I mean, I laughed, I cried, I smiled, I winced; it was just that kind of story! I loved the characters, they seemed so real! And Shakespeare...oh...he was amazing! Cooper really brought him to life! I felt like I knew him! All the characters were great, and the story was just so cool!! This is one book worth reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an EXCELLENT book! If you like page turners this is for you. King of Shadows is a page turner, excitting, thrilling book! I encourage any one who likes that type of book, to read King of Shadows.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this is a great book because I love Shakespeare, acting, and the plays 'A Midsummers Night's Dream' and 'Julius Ceasar'. The book includes the plague, which was a bad sickness many people died from. That's another reason I like it. It brings out facts about things in Shakespeare's time, as well as entertaining me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nat Field has joined a boys acting group, cast as Puck in a Midsummer's Night Dream. He is excited for onstage is the only place he can find sanctuary from his past, which has done nothing but hurt him. While at this group though, he falls very ill. While ill in the real world, he is transported back to Shakespearean times in another. While there you find out about Nat and watch his same performance in a roll called life!!! It will keep you turning pages and guessing all the way to the end!! I enjoyed it very much!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great book! It is cool how they talk old English!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved King of Shadows. I've read it two or three times, and I'd read it again. It's worth it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I didn't expect this book to be any good the more I read it the more i wanted to keep reading. If you choose to read this book, which I recommend you do, you will feel like you are with Nat Field as he plays Puck in front of the queen, and when he's with William Shakespeare playing Oberon. Susan Cooper will capture your mind with her exquisite description of the rowdy Elizabethan crowd, or the bed Nat woke up on when he first was in 1599. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Old English, William Shakespeare's sonnets and plays, or if you are looking for an extraordinary book to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chris P Reading P.4 March 13, 2001 Book Review The book King of Shadows is a great book and, is the work of a great author Susan Cooper, who I think has great styles and ideas. I like the way she switches from the future to the past and the way she describes her dreams. Such as the italics representing the future in that chapter. I also like the way she describes the dreams with precise description and detail. In the book a boy named Nathan Field is chosen to be part of an all boys company of actors. Nathan travels to England to perform and catches the bubonic plague, and in a dream one night he dreams of flying and goes back in time for real. Then he wakes up in Elizabethan England and is part of Shakespeare¿s actors and must perform a ¿Midsummer Nights Dream¿ as in the future. He and Shakespeare form a connection and become close, and the night after the performance he has another dream. When you read the story you¿ll know the rest and all in between, it will be well worth your time. The books chapter setup is good because the future is about every three chapters written in italics to represent the chapters taking place in the future. Also whenever a dream appears it is also in italics and are about one or two pages long. My favorite characters in this book are Nat, Gil, Arby, Rachel and Shakespeare; however, my favorite and meaner character is Roper. I like Nat because he is the main character and the actors because they have personality. Also I like Roper because he has a unique sense of humor. The authenticity of the setting is great because of the description of the scenery. The way she describes it is so vivid in your mind that you remember what things look like when they go back. When she does describe the places you just know that they fit with that time and place. Personally I loved the book and the way the ideas were organized I love the vivid description. The book overall was one of my favorites and I loved the story line and plot from the story and I highly recommend this book. As the author says though if you think the idea of fairy¿s then don¿t bother.