The first chapter of Lady MacBeth should humble any historical fiction writer. Susan Fraser King gives us a compelling introduction to a fascinating queen.

Lady MacBeth is a wonderful example of what historical fiction does best. It corrects the errors of Shakespearian tradition, creates a plausible narrative by filling in the gaps in the historical record, and teaches us something about a woman who left behind only fragmentary evidence of her intriguing life.

Lady MacBeth, also known as Queen Rue, has the blood of kings running through her veins, which make her an enticing prize for powerful men. When MacBeth makes her a widow and forces her to marry him, it saves her life, but Rue is the pawn of no man. She’s not easily won. She loves fiercely, she hates fiercely, and she holds her head high through her journey from hunted last survivor of her noble line, to Queen of the Scots.

This is a novel on an epic scale. With a touch of magic, Lady MacBeth follows the whole life of a compelling woman with a voice so distinctive that the Scottish accent jumps off the page. The book is also a mature and understated exploration of a marriage which is sometimes adulterous, often troubled, but filled with a deep and abiding respect.

I loved this book and it will stay with me for a very long time.

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