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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (855 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Fraser King, Wanda McCaddon Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Lady Macbeth as you’ve never seen her …

Lady Gruadh, called Rue, is the last female descendant of Scotland’s most royal line. Married to a powerful northern lord, she is widowed while still carrying his child and forced to marry her husband’s murderer: a rising warlord named Macbeth. Encountering danger from Vikings, Saxons, and treacherous Scottish lords, Rue begins to respect the man she once despised—and then realizes that Macbeth’s complex ambitions extend beyond the borders of the vast northern region. Among the powerful warlords and their steel games, only Macbeth can unite Scotland—but his wife’s royal blood is the key to his ultimate success.  

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  • “Based on historical evidence and recent theories of the era, this is an epic tale written in high-voltage prose. King’s novel will thrill lovers of Shakespeare adaptations and delight anyone who wants to enjoy a ripping tale of love and ambition.”

    Publishers Weekly

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Margaret | 2/20/2014

    " Good book, but liked "Ahab's Wife" by Sena Jeter Naslund better. (Similar ideas: fictional stories of wives of famous men, though one couple was completely fictional while this novel could fit with historical references to the MacBeth and his queen.) Glad to find a historical fiction from female viewpoint that isn't filled with romance. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lucie Mckenna | 2/19/2014

    " Struggled desperately to finish this one. I was interested to start, but the story lost momentum half way through and I stopped caring about the characters. Overall the best thing about it was getting some insight into Celtic history - history buffs may enjoy more than I did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cece | 2/16/2014

    " This was the sort of book you read at high speed to see what happens next-the counterpoint to Shakespeare's story is interesting and this version is plausible. I do agree with another reviewer, though, that the characters are somewhat underdeveloped, for all the book's length. It was a good read, the plot moved quickly, but I don't expect these characters to stay with me as others I have read. I was not noticeably moved by their joys or sorrows-they were just part of the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Laura | 2/7/2014

    " I LOVED this book. However much I love Shakespeare--and I DO LOVE SHAKESPEARE--the man was writing for the good graces and on the good will of the Tudors and the Stuarts. To do that, he often had to write Tudor-supporting propaganda (which is why Richard III is evil in his book, when actually he was quite an amicable man). Susan Fraser King wrote a novel more in line with historical fact. Her characters are flawed, they are human, but they have hearts and are pushed and prodded by circumstance more than by ambition. In this realm, Macbeth and his wife are loved by their people and their country; he actually holds the knife when he would have done them all more good by "plunging it in!" He is not the pitiable murderer we have all come to know and does not live under/behind his lady-wife's skirts; he is actually a king who has his country's best interests at heart. The writing is magnificent as well. King pulls you in with her first line and keeps you hooked until the last. I felt an aching loss when I finished this book. Like the play however, Macbeth dies at the end, so there won't be a sequel, unless Lady Macbeth's fate ties in with that of some other clan. It may, but I doubt she'll be the central character again. "

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