On Sale: January 8, 2019
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New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell
makes a dramatic departure with this enthralling,
action-packed standalone novel that tells the story of the
first production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream—as
related by William Shakespeare’s estranged younger brother.
IN THE HEART OF ELIZABETHAN LONDON, ONE MAN MUST
RISK ALL AND PLAY THE PART OF A LIFETIME.
Richard Shakespeare dreams of a glittering career in one of
the London playhouses, a world dominated by his older
brother, William. But Richard is a penniless actor, making
ends meet through a combination of a beautiful face, petty
theft, and a silver tongue. As William’s star rises,
Richard’s onetime gratitude is souring, and he is sorely
tempted to abandon family loyalty.
When a priceless manuscript goes missing, suspicion falls on
Richard, forcing him onto a perilous path through a bawdy
and frequently brutal London. Entangled in a high-stakes
game of duplicity and betrayal that threatens not only his
career and potential fortune but also the lives of his
fellow players, Richard has to call on all he has learned
from the brightest stages and the darkest alleyways of the city.
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