Hell and Earth: A Novel of the Promethean Age
by Elizabeth Bear
Cover Artist: Paul Youll
Review by Sam Lubell
Roc Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780451462183
Date: 05 August 2008 List Price $14.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
What your English teacher didn't tell you about Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe (aka Kit Marley), and other Elizabethan-age poets would fill a book. Well, two books actually as Hell and Earth is a continuation of Ink and Steel, which was the first volume of The Stratford Man (which in turn is part of her Promethean Age series) to the point of continuing the Act and scene numbers used instead of chapters. I found this second volume to be much better than the first with more of the political intrigue and less of the parts that read like Kit Marley slash fanfic. From official release/information:
Product Description: Kit Marley and William Shakespeare are playwrights in the service of Queen Elizabeth, employed by the Prometheus Club. Their words, infused with magic, empower Her Majesty's rule. But some of the Prometheans, comprised of England's most influential men and mages, conspire to usurp the Queen. Able to walk in both worlds, Kit seeks allies to aid him in his mission to protect Elizabeth—only to encounter enemies, mortal and monster, who will stop at nothing to usher in a new age. But despite the might of his adversaries, Kit possesses more power than even he can possibly imagine.