Nathan Field, a talented young actor, arrives at the newly rebuilt Globe theatre in London to play Puck in A Midsummer's Night's dream. As rehearsals begin, eerie echoes of the past begin to haunt Nat and he falls ill with a mysterious sickness. When he wakes, Nat finds himself in 1599, an actor at the original Globe - and his co-star is none other than the King of Shadows himself: William Shakespeare.
Nat's new life is full of excitement, danger, and the passionate friendship that he has longed for since the tragic death of his parents. But why has he been sent to the past - and is he trapped there forever?
London in the 1590s was a vibrant and expanding town. It was an important port and the Thames a major thoroughfare. The city culture would have been alive with painters, actors and writers. The theatre was becoming an institution popular with all social classes.
"Believe me, king of shadows, I mistook''
Themes of "King of Shadows" include:
- Time travel