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Act of Will by A.J. Hartley
Edited by Liz Gorinsky
Review by Tom Easton
Tor Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765321244
Date: 03 March 2009 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK

Links: A.J. Hartley's Website / Show Article /

Shakespeare professor A. J. Hartley knows how to play games with his profession. In Act of Will, the protagonist, Will Hawthorne, bears the names of both Shakespeare and a later poet influenced by Shakespeare. Will is also a young actor extraordinarily full of himself. He plays the female parts (as young men did in Shakespeare's day) in a theatre obviously kin to the Globe in an out-of-the-way kingdom recently conquered by the Diamond Empire.

From official release/information:

Product Description: Act of Will is a boisterous fantasy adventure that introduces us to Will Hawthorne, a medieval actor and playwright who flees the authorities only to find himself inextricably bound to a group of high-minded adventurers on a deadly mission. Will travels with them to a distant land where they are charged with the investigation and defeat of a ruthless army of mystical horsemen, who appear out of the mist leaving death and devastation in their wake.

In the course of Will's uneasy alliance with his new protectors, he has to get his pragmatic mind to accept selfless heroism (which he thinks is absurd) and magic (which he doesn't believe in). Will must eventually decide where his loyalties really lie and how much he is prepared to do--and believe--to stand up for them.

(Source: Tor Books)

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