I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Lady Macbeth by Melanie Karsak
Series: Daughter of Ravens #1
on December 3rd 2014
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Source: the author
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Something wicked this way comes . . .
Gruoch is born to rule, but long before she becomes Macbeth’s queen, ancient forces claim her soul.
Marked from birth by the old gods, Gruoch is initiated into the ancient religion of her ancestors and begins learning the mysteries of the Goddess Cerridwen. But not everything is as it seems. Soon the Battle Goddess Morrigu imposes her will, and Gruoch finds herself at the mercy of the Wyrd Sisters.
With King Malcolm plotting, the Wyrd Sisters schooling her in arcane craft, and haunted by dreams of a raven-haired man she’s never met, Gruoch feels her fate is not her own. That is, until she meets a druid named Banquo. Gruoch’s heart is swept away when Banquo awakens something in her more powerful than duty, magic, or destiny: love.
This retelling of Shakespeare’s classic work leads readers through an unforgettable saga of one woman struggling to escape her fate without blood on her hands.
Begin the Lady Mabeth Saga with Lady Macbeth: Daughter of Ravens.
Some books seem to love one voice. When I was writing the first draft of this novel, Tori Amos’ Little Earthquakes owned my playlist. That said, there are a lot of great Celtic and soulful pieces that help set the mood of this novel. Cue the harps and bagpipes, here is the playlist for Lady Macbeth: Daughter of Ravens:
Ailein Duinn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8OXbctQwXA
Celitc bagpipe music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUpNw4s54Jw
Loreena McKennitt, the Mystic’s Dream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIghrxxhQYs
Tori Amos, Precious Things: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjXZrzmdnAE
Loreena McKennitt, The Mummer’s Dance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxTpvA-pUG0
Spellforce, Breathe of Winter Soundtrack: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPQqXMzhVq0
Loreena McKennitt , All Souls Night: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKfbVAO6VGA
Goo Goo Dolls, Name: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQOBUrRaPU0
Pink Floyd, Learning to Fly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVhNCTH8pDs
Maev, Boat Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5e8IjlawvDo
Clannad, I Will Find You: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5bTYSjYg_0
U2, The Troubles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLhtPtR4IQk
Find the Youtube playlist here: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOk_xzD8WWaQEVJ5LmAvUoO9vGmQbzhxX
I am an eclectic reader, which makes it so perfect that I would find an equally eclectic author like Melanie. She could write the weather report and I would be enthralled! No matter what genre she tackles, she does it with such unfettered passion and devotion, and I have no doubt that I will love it. Lady Macbeth was no exception.
I hadn’t read Macbeth since high school (which is longer ago than I would like to admit) and I don’t remember a whole lot about it. The witches are the first characters that come to mind, and lots and lots of death. I mean, it’s a Shakespeare tragedy so you know it’s not going to be a happy story. All the characters can’t possibly stroll off into the sunset, and I found knowing that to be unexpectedly liberating. There is no need to fret over your favorite characters since you know most of them are going to die. Don’t get too attached. 😉
Melanie has taken a story that most of us know and hate (Let’s be honest. We hate most books we were forced to read in school), and she has made it easy for a present day reader to fall in love with it. There isn’t a lot of olden english to slog through, and a lot more sexual tension than your average Shakespeare play. Lady Macbeth will appeal to a wide range of new readers.
The story is so complicated and detailed and I’m so glad Melanie decided to split it up into a trilogy. This does slow down the pace, but it allows the time to fully explain everything that’s going on. Characters are just beginning to develop and change, and my curiosity is definitely piqued! I can’t wait for the next book to see how Gruoch moves to take her place in the classic story.
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