I've enjoyed other books by Card, but this one was weak. It was as if he was deperate to write a book no matter how bad it was. At the end he claims he wrote the book to please a friend who wanted a book with a Black hero in it. Sadly the only way he could think to accomplish this was by plagerizing a Mid Summer Nights Dream. He took the characters and brought them into modern times as African-Amerian fairies.
The book itself was long, boring, the plot was too broken and anti-climatic. If you did nothing more than listen to the first and last hour of the book you would have the best parts of it.
This has a slow start but a greet ending you will like it let your mid take you palace you have never been.
The story opens up intriguingly, building a nice atmosphere of suspicion that things are not quite right. Some wonderfully colorful characters are introduced and you're on the verge of getting hooked. And bang, enter Shakespeare, the fairies and extremely handy answers and excuses based on "things that are normal in fairy land". Nothing really clever or thought provoking happens after the half-way point, with a total reliance on magic, and not much in the way of writer ingenuity. I'm never disappointed having read a book, but I sometimes feel taken advantage of; this would be a case in point. Be prepared to be swallowed whole by a "giant slug" in his "slug-like" mouth!