Master of the Revels

, #2


English language

Published by The Borough Press.

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4 stars (1 review)

In this brilliant sequel to The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.—an enthralling, history-bending adventure traversing time and space, fact and fiction, magic and science co-written with #1 New York Times bestselling author Neal Stephenson—a daring young time traveler must return to Jacobean England to save the modern world.

This fast-paced sequel to the New York Times bestselling near-future adventure The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. picks up where the original left off, as Tristan Lyons, Mel Stokes, and their fellow outcasts from the Department of Diachronic Operations (D.O.D.O.) fight to stop the powerful Irish witch Gráinne from using time travel to reverse the evolution of all modern technology.

Chief amongst Gráinne’s plots: to encrypt cataclysmic spells into Shakespeare’s “cursed” play, Macbeth. When her fellow rogue agents fall victim to Gráinne’s schemes, Melisande Stokes is forced to send Tristan’s untested, wayward sister Robin back in time to 1606 London, where …

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4 stars

Hard to put down. I was deep into plot and characters. The story is absurd, but that was what I needed.

As a fan of dystopia and speculative hard sci-fi, it was great to have a lighthearted read like this. I like history, but am not a history nerd. I thought Shakespeare was fine as a student, and I am an English professor, but I am not at all a Shakespeare nerd. History and Shakespeare are two main themes here and it didn't bother me one bit to learn some interesting tidbits along the way.

Sure, I wouldn't have read the first book in the series had Neal Stephenson not been the coauthor. I admit that. I am certainly glad that the story continued on here.

Hope to read another absurd story in this series someday.


  • Time travel
  • Magic
  • Science fiction
  • Shakespeare
  • History
  • Fiction