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The daughter Macbeth might have had, if Shakespeare had thought to create her Albia has grown up with no knowledge of her mother of her father, the powerful Macbeth. Instead she knows the dark lure of the Wychelm Wood and the moors, where she's been raised by three strange sisters. It's only when the ambitious Macbeth seeks out the sisters to foretell his fate that AlbThe daughter Macbeth might have had, if Shakespeare had thought to create herAlbia has grown up with no knowledge of her mother of her father, the powerful Macbeth. Instead she knows the dark lure of the Wychelm Wood and the moors, where she's been raised by three strange sisters. It's only when the ambitious Macbeth seeks out the sisters to foretell his fate that Albia's life becomes tangled with the man who leaves nothing but bloodshed in his wake. She even falls in love with Fleance, Macbeth's rival for the throne. Yet when Albia learns that she has the second sight, she must decide whether to ignore the terrible future she foresees or to change it. Will she be able to save the man she loves from her murderous father? And can she forgive her parents their wrongs, or must she destroy them to save Scotland from tyranny?In her highly anticipated follow-up to Ophelia, Lisa Klein delivers a powerful reimagining of Shakespeare's Macbeth, featuring a young woman so seamlessly drawn it seems impossible she was not part of the Bard's original play....

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Lady Macbeth's Daughter Reviews

  • Rebecca
    2018-11-22 02:26

    In this novel, set in 11th century Scotland, author Lisa Klein starts with the premise that Macbeth and his wife had a baby daughter, born with a deformed leg, and that Macbeth in his anger that she was not the healthy son he longed for, left the infant to die. Lady Macbeth, not much more than a girl herself in a time when women had no power, was helpless to stop him, and grieves for the loss of her daughter as well as the subsequent pregnancies she loses, believing herself cursed.What neither of them know, however, is that their baby daughter did not die. She was saved by Lady Macbeth’s serving woman, Rhuven, who took her to live with her sisters in the Wychelm Wood. The sisters name the child Albia, and the little girl grows up believing one of the sisters to be her mother. The years pass by peacefully, until the year Albia turns fifteen and great turmoil comes to Scotland. King Duncan is murdered, and Albia is sent to live with a foster family - Banquo, his wife Breda, and their son Fleance. And there is turmoil inside Albia as well - she is confused by her feelings for the attractive but maddening Fleance, and she longs to know the identity of her father. When she learns the truth about her heritage - and that her birth parents murdered the king in order to seize the throne - she struggles with her feelings of revulsion at what her parents have done and determines that she must destroy them and bring peace and justice to Scotland.Lady Macbeth’s Daughter is a rather interesting and complex novel. It is mainly told from the point of view of Albia, although we also see some events from the point of view of Lady Macbeth. Her perspective, and the difficult life she lived, made her actions, wrong though they were, understandable. Overall the story and the ending especially were rather thought-provoking, making me think a lot about the motivations of various characters, and wondering what happened afterwards. I would recommend this book to readers, young adult and older, who enjoy either historical fiction or unique retellings of Shakespeare’s plays.

  • Katie
    2018-11-22 02:12

    I haven't read a whole lot of really good historical books recently so I just figured this would be another one to add to that list. Boy was I wrong! Lady Macbeth's Daughter was probably one of the best historical books I have ever read! =]I started Lady Macbeth's Daughter already knowing the story of Macbeth. I don't think it's necessary but it was really fun to compare this new take with the original. Surprisingly they don't differ that much, except for the daughter, obviously. It was a really believable take on an old tale and I guess I wasn't expecting that. Lisa Klein did nothing to take away from Shakespeare's story, she just added onto the brilliance.I think the one difference between the two stories was the insight into why some of the characters did what they did. Lady Macbeth and the Wyrd Sisters have such a big part in this story where they never really did in Macbeth. They had important parts in the original but you never got to know them. Also, I felt like I really knew Banquo and Fleance and I loved them. They were both so great to Albia. All the characters in the book were just spectacular.Overall, Lady Macbeth's Daughter is a book I think all historical fans need to pick up. Even if you don't know much about the original story, this one pretty much explains itself and is truly worth buying!

  • Erin
    2018-11-15 23:21

    Follow all my reviews at: http://flashlightcommentary.blogspot....After reading Romeo's Ex: Rosaline’s Story I actively sought retellings of Shakespeare’s plays. Lady Macbeth’s Daughter was one of the first titles I came across and to be honest, it was the one I was most excited about reading. I am a huge fan of Macbeth and was overjoyed to find that my local library had the title. First of all, being familiar with the play helps with the reading but isn’t necessary. I thought that was a major achievement because lets face it, not everyone likes Shakespeare. More than that, Klein included enough history and characterization to make her telling unique even to those of us who have managed to memorize stanza after stanza of the original. The romantic story line didn't seem necessary to me and Albia’s voice is a tad inconsistent for my taste but I think both fall into the category of things you have to accept when you are reading young adult literature. Overall she created a solid story. Much of the cast benefited from Klein’s modifications. In most cases I really enjoyed seeing new characters and fresh perspective of the principal cast. That being said, there was one notable exception: Lady Macbeth. The very idea that she has even an ounce of compassion irks me. Klein’s revision to her makeup greatly diminishes the intense persona she exercises in the play. Lady Macbeth is one of the most compelling characters Shakespeare ever created. While I admire the desire to bestow her with depth and purpose, I felt Klein’s efforts were a tragic misstep that weakened not only the character but a cornerstone of the play on which her book is based. Shakespeare’s Macbeth is one of my favorite books. It is intense and tragic and depressing but it is good. I can’t accept a glossed over version with a blah ending. Three stars for originality and nothing more.

  • Wally
    2018-11-27 02:59

    In Shakespeare’s tragedy, the Macbeths are childless, although Lady Macbeth makes reference to having nursed a baby; the premise of this book is that Lady Macbeth gave birth to a girl, who was promptly rejected by Macbeth because he desired a son and heir to the throne. The girl, Albia, is raised by the three Wyrd sisters and eventually makes her way back into the court, not knowing who her parents are until quite late. Specific lines from the play are woven seamlessly into the novel whenever Albia is in the presence of her parents. With chapters alternating between the voice of Lady Macbeth and Albia, the plot moves quickly to its tragic conclusion.The author clearly knows her Shakespeare, and has done her research on medieval Scotland well. This is a fantastic book that would go well with a class reading of the play, or by itself for the younger Shakespeare fan set. Highly recommended for grades 8-12, although there is a fair amount of gore, alcohol and herbal drug use, and mental illness.

  • The Dreamer Reader
    2018-12-15 00:20

    The Good: I usually stay away from historical fiction, but Lady Macbeth's Daughter wanted to change my mind about the genre. It was wonderfully written and so enjoyable to read.I loved how the author added more depth to the characters and all of them were well developed and not boring what-so-ever.Albia is a fantastic main character and definitely my favorite character in the whole book. Seriously, I just wanted to give her a huge hug just because she was just so kick-ass. Seriously, what was Shakespeare thinking by NOT putting Albia in the original?!I wished I could've seen more romance between Albia and Fleance, but from what I've read, the romance was sweet without wanting the reader to gag.My favorite part about Lady Macbeth's Daughter was that the author gave us reasons why the characters acted the way they did and that made the characters more believable and relateable.The Bad: The ending was a bit disappointing. The first words that came to my head were, "Is that seriously the end?!" I have nothing against endings that make the reader think a little, but for this book, I wanted closure. And I got zilch and that made the story feel incomplete.Overall: Lady Macbeth's Daughter is a fantastic book that is sure to enthrall the attention of historical fiction lovers everywhere.Grade: B+

  • Kim
    2018-11-18 04:13

    A very intriguing side-story/intwined tale to probably my favorite of all of Shakespeare's tragedies. Here Macbeth and his lady come to life in a different way, joined in their daughter, whose wrath makes their pale in comparison. I think I especially liked this book mostly for the fact that it does not end in the traditional 'happily-ever-after' manner that it's predecessor, Ophelia, seemed to. That she loves Fleance is true, but I like that she did not feel that she was ready to settle down into the whole 'lady of the keep' role and thus took off to better comprehend who she is.So very often Shakespeare's tragedies unfold from a single moment or event, and here Klein builds on that precept. Macbeth's rejection of his daughter because he had been promised sons sets the events of the book in motion, and it helps very much to bring about his ruin.Lady Macbeth's madness is all the more interesting in this rendition because we see her descent much more clearly than we do in the original play. Very cool twist on a favorite play.

  • Laura Petto
    2018-11-17 04:29

    I need this book so badly. I love this author and I can't wait!

  • Katherine
    2018-12-10 23:10

    "Look like the innocent flower, But be the serpent under it.- Lady Macbeth, Scene V3.5 out of 5 starsSetting:Scotland; 1032-1048Coverly Love?:No; it's just a girl, and while she is no doubt lovely, it comes off as a quite plain cover. Plot:In this imaginative retelling of Shakespeare's play Macbeth, Macbeth and his wife have a secret daughter. But since she is not the son he so desires, he disowns her and leaves her to die on the mountainside. And die she might have, if not for the compassion of Lady Macbeth's lady in waiting, Rhuven. She wisks the baby away and, along with her sisters Helwain and Geillis, raises the baby girl as if she were their own. Years later, this baby girl is now known as Albia, and knows nothing about her true heritage. Albia has a special gift, however; she can see into the future. So when one of these visions foretells the death of the King, she is whisked away once again to live with a foster family. There, she learns the horrible truth; she is indeed the daughter of the murderous King Macbeth and his wife. Will she ever be able to forgive her parents for what they have done? And will she be the one to save the Scotland?Applause is in order for Lisa Klein for taking such iconic literary characters and making them new and fresh. I myself have never read Shakespeare's Macbeth, but I do know that he made out Macbeth and his wife to be the ultimate nightmare. She does the unthinkable; she makes them human and emotional (at least in Lady Macbeth's case. Macbeth.. more on him later). She provides a perfectly logical explanation as to the motives of the characters in the original play, al from studying one line.Characters:Albia is a spitfire, that's for sure. Strong, independent, feisty, and hot-tempered, this heroine of the story is a likable individual. You can't help but feel sorry for her, since she has suffered a lot of hardship in her life, with her parents abandoning her. But she never loses her tenacious spirit, and in the end learns a powerful lesson of forgiveness. Lady Macbeth was an utterly heartbreaking character, and you can see why she ended up the way she did; mad and crazed with guilt over the daughter she loved but had to give up, something she regrets deeply. The three sisters who rescued her were also good characters, as their compassion showed for Albia. Fleance, Albia's foster brother, former enemy and eventual lover, was a hard character to like at first, but he grows on you, just like he grew on Albia. And finally, Macbeth. All I can say is that he is a absolute monster.Pros:I loved the historical setting of ancient Scotland, and how vividly Mrs. Klein was able to portray some of Shakespeare's most iconic characters.Cons:None in particular. Love Triangle?:Kind of; Fleance vs. Albia vs. Colum. Nothing romantic happens between Albia and Colum, but he does admit to having a crush on her and wanting to be more than her friend. Albia's heart clearly belongs to Fleance, however.Insta-Love?:Nope!A Little Romance?:Fleance and starts out hating the guts out of Albia when he first meets her, but gradually, she falls in love with him, and he her. Conclusion:A wonderful retelling that makes me want to go and read the original play. Read This!:Macbeth by William Shakespeare.

  • Amy
    2018-12-08 06:22

    This is the second book that I have read by Lisa Klein. the first was her re-telling of Hamlet through Ophelia's eyes and I wasn't sure if I wanted to read another Shakespeare make-over. I almost gave this book three stars because i didn't love the story when told by anyone other than Shakespeare.It seemed a little bit dark and gory, but without the brilliant and beautiful verse that makes Shakespeare's version wonderful. I didn't think the writing was that great and at times I just craved to just pull out the real Macbeth. I just feel like Shakespeare's writing makes reading such a horrible story worth it. But I gave it four stars for a couple of reasons:1. The idea of the book is very intriguing, plausible, and possible. It is very possible that the Macbeth's would have a daughter. There are specific lines in the play that suggest that they had a child at one point. It makes sense that it was not a boy because had Macbeth had an heir it wouldn't be such a big deal that he secure his positions. There are a couple other changes to the story because of this daughter and I think that they all fit right in with the original Macbeth. 2. The author not only used Shakespeare's play as a source, but she used the real history of Macbeth and his wife. Many of the changes in the book were taken straight from history. It makes re-writing a great classic like MacBeth seem ok. She is just retelling a a part of history. People do that all the time. 3. It was fairly clean, compared to Klein's other book OPHELIA. And the main character was more of an example for teen age girls, who is probably the main audience of this book. She has many faults, but she deals with them in a good way. Not only could this book teach teens about history and literature, but I think it is an example of a young lady who has loads of problems, but maintains integrity, virtue, and courage throughout. 4. I loved the ending. I wont say what happens. Klein goes on passed where Shakespeare's play ended and continues on with the story a little bit. I thought the ending was perfect.It surprised me and left me feeling like I could give it four stars instead of three. (Although, I do admit that I do wish there was more closure. It did leave a few things hanging. It would have been nice to know what happened to Albia a couple years down the road. Just a brief epilogue would have been nice.)

  • Sara Grochowski
    2018-11-15 23:19

    Macbeth was never my favorite play by Shakespeare, but, after reading Lady Macbeth's Daughter, I have a newfound respect for the story. I really think that Albia made the story for me - Lisa Klein wrote Albia so perfectly that I can't believe Shakespeare left her out! Albia was an amazing addition to Macbeth's original cast. Not only was is a resilient and strong female lead, she shows the perfect blend of characteristics one would expect her to have inherited through her birth parents and her adoptive family. I am astounded by how believable Albia's character is! It was interesting to see how Albia came to terms with learning that her birth father is the bloodthirsty and tyrannical Macbeth - a man that she has never personally met, nor has an desire to. Lady Macbeth was must easier to understand and feel sympathy for in this version of the story. I like the idea that Lady Macbeth's insane behavior was motivated in part by her grief over the death of her infant daughter (Albia), rather than (only) greed and the need for power.The romance between Albia and Fleance wasn't really a main part of the plot, but it was engaging and well-written. Most Shakespearean romances are doomed, but Klein's story had a twist and was surprisingly simple and without drama. It had some drama and complexity of course, but the love story didn't build you up and then rip out your heart - which is a good thing! Ratings (Out of 10):Plot: 10Characters: 10Writing: 10Romance: 10Originality: 10Total: 50/50 (A!!)The idea of Macbeth and his lady having a secret daughter was a wonderfully imagined plot twist to Macbeth. I think Shakespeare would approve! I'm definitely going to read Lisa Klein's first book, Ophelia, and can't wait to see what she comes up with next!

  • Tara Chevrestt
    2018-12-03 22:09

    This was pretty good for a YA novel. It is a version of William Shakespeare's MacBeth as told from the viewpoint of Macbeth's and Lady Macbeth's daughter if she had existed. It goes back and forth from Albia, the daughter (who was thrown to the wolves for being a cripple), and Grelach aka Lady MacBeth. Readers will see how MacBeth wrongfully attains the kingship of Scotland and how Grelach assisted him. There is a rebellion among the thanes as MacBeth starts to lose his mind due to the guilt he feels from his bloody actions. While the rebellion is rising against the king, Albia is being raised by some "witches" in the forest and she also has the "sight" or ability to see the future. Her "sight" plays a major role in the actions of MacBeth. When Albia is sent to live with a wealthy thane she falls in love with the nobelmans's son as well as learns her true parentage. She must deal with the knowledge that she is spawned from "monsters" and some deep emotional questions arise regarding forgiveness and revenge. She learns to yield a sword and hold a shield and these weapons of war as well as her sight and a horse and a few of her friends begin a journey to save Scotland from the mad king. The ending holds confrontations with both of her biological parents. Does Albia have the ability to forgive?Four stars instead of five because I have read Susan Fraser King's "Lady MacBeth" and preferred her version to this one. This one has both MacBeth and his wife appearing as greedy, power hungry tyrants when in actuality, MacBeth ruled a peaceful Scotland for 6 years. For the young adult crowd, however, this is a great re telling of the Shakepeare tale.

  • Jessica
    2018-12-01 03:07

    This is the second of Klein's novels that re-imagine Shakespearean characters and marks her as a clear forerunner in this particular YA genre. Many authors have attempted to expand upon the bard's work to varying success; this is a powerful entry into the field.Klein draws upon what we know of from the Scottish Play and fleshes out the characters who perhaps need it most. Despite his ability to write powerful and captivating women, some of Will's best plays are sadly devoid of such characters. Klein remedies that and her fantasy addition to the Macbeth family is equal parts her father's fury and her mother's ambition. However, the titular daughter is also marked by great capacity for forgiveness and love that she slowly becomes aware of.The romance, such as it was, was well done and Klein subverted the clichéd choice between the boy at home and the boy afar neatly and casually. It really can be done so simply! Her supporting cast is strong and the protagonist wavers from unlikeable and frustrating to sympathetic - much like an actual young woman. There can be no surprises with a plot this famous - but it is the execution which counts and in this case Klein uses the novel genre well. It will never be possible (I think) to write a similar interpretation with the same lyrical quality of the play in simple prose... but this is a meritous and enjoyable read on its own.

  • Margaret
    2018-12-13 04:02

    This is a delightful book that takes an unusual look at Shakespeare's famous tragedy.While the viewpoint does switch, the story is mostly told from the viewpoint of Albia, the daughter of MacBeth and his wife, who was abandoned at birth and raised by three weird sisters.It's marketed as a young adult romance, but don't let that stop you for several reasons.It's a damn good story. Well told and absorbing.The romance isn't overplayed. It's young love (Albia and Fleance), but not in that nauseating way that adults seem to usually view teenagers in the first flush of love. In all honesty it is more of a female perspective quest narrative than a romance. Love drives the quest, but then that is usual of most quest narratives anyway.The story, like any good quest, has a sprinkling of myth and magic to season it. In this case it's Celtic.Highly recommended.

  • Anne Osterlund
    2018-11-19 23:15

    Albia is a daughter of Scotland.Raised on the heath by three women who keep the old ways, her greatest joy is chasing the lambs with her friend Colum.But all is not right in Scotland.And Albia knows, perhaps better than anyone, who is to blame.Macbeth. His greed. His covetousness. His willingness to commit murder.What Albia doesn’t know is that she is his daughter.And she may one day pay the price for his sins.An original spin on Shakespeare’s dark tale of murder, mayhem, and twisted power. I liked the invention of Albia’s character and the reinterpretation of the witches.

  • Krista Stevens
    2018-12-17 04:26

    Very enjoyable interpretation of Lady Macbeth's allusion to having already given birth to children - in this case, a daughter with Macbeth, who, because of her lame foot, is to be discarded on a hillside (Oedipus!), but instead is rescued for Lady Macbeth's servant (also one of the "witches"). So clever on a number of levels. Would be best read after having read Shakespeare's play. Told through shifting, point-of-view chapters including Lady Macbeth (she has a name - Grelach), Albia (the daughter), though most of the story is told from Albia's viewpoint.

  • Courtney
    2018-11-28 22:22

    I loved Ophelia by Lisa Klein but I like Macbeth much more than Hamlet, so this book really struck a chord for me. I felt that she painted the primitive warring culture of Scotland in this period extremely well, and her author notes at the end of the book bears out the extent of her research. I'm not sure that I 100% like the protagonist all the time, but she's a well drawn character and a feisty warrior.

  • Alison
    2018-11-23 02:03

    MacBeth is one of those historical figures that had the bad luck of being on the "loosing" side of history. I hope that other people who read this story take the time to read Klein's historical notes about the real MacBeth who actually reigned during a relatively peaceful time and contrary to current belief did not steal the crown but was chosen to be King by his peers.

  • Jamie
    2018-11-25 02:25

    Not nearly as good as Klein's 'Ophelia,' but still a decent read. (***spoiler alert - if you've never read or seen Macbeth, this paragraph gives a lot away***) What really bother me are the details that don't match up from the play - mostly that Macbeth never receives report that his wife has died. I'll continue to read books by this author in hopes another one like 'Ophelia' surfaces.

  • Kimberley Salvatore
    2018-11-15 22:24

    captured my attention quickly and held it so that I couldn't do anything else

  • Kaulana
    2018-12-14 04:06

    I really enjoyed the first half of this book. But all of a sudden it just got really bad. The ships were the WORST!

  • Tasha Vance
    2018-12-13 00:05

    This book is awesome! The premise is plausible. The characters are relatable. I loved it.

  • Jenna
    2018-12-09 22:21

    This was definitely a different take on Lady MacBeth and three sisters than other sequels/adaptations/back-story novels I have read. Worth a read if Shakespearean adaptations are of interest.

  • QNPoohBear
    2018-12-07 03:16

    This take on Shakespeare's play is told in alternating viewpoints with Grelach, Lady Macbeth and Albia, the daughter, telling the story. Grelach is the granddaughter of a king and expects that her father will inherit one day until her grandfather is murdered and King Duncan puts himself on the throne. Grelach is married off at 13 to a man twice her age, whom she detests. She gives birth to a son, Luoch, whom she also dislikes. When her husband is murdered by Macbeth, Grelach's father forces her to marry Macbeth. Macbeth is younger and more handsome than her first husband and Grelach thinks she can grow to feel affection for him, however, he has a nasty temper and a war-like nature that Grelach fears. Macbeth has been told by an "oracle" that he will have many sons and he looks forward to the birth of his first child. When the child is born female and with a crooked leg, Grelach fears for the safety of the child she loves. When Macbeth learns the baby is a girl and "deformed" he sends his henchman out into the woods to leave the baby for the wolves. The baby is rescued by Lady Macbeth's lady-in-waiting Rhuven, and given to her sisters to raise peacefully in the woods. Albia grows up believing Geillis is her mother and knowing nothing of the dramatic events that are to happen thanks to her aunt Helwain's prophecy. At age 14, Albia is sent to live with Banquo and his wife and grows to love her foster brother Fleance. Meanwhile, Grelach has been unable to provide Macbeth with sons. Scared for her life, she fosters his ambition in hopes that he will adopt her son and her family will return to the throne. Albia finally learns the truth about her heritage from a dying Geillis and also discovers that she has second sight. When Macbeth's perfidious deeds personally affect Albia, she desires revenge. Assisted by her friend Colum, the shepherd, she sets off to destroy Macbeth. Colum reminds her there's a difference between revenge and justice and Albia must decide which path she is to choose in order to save the kingdom and protect the man she loves. Lisa Klein says in her author's note that she drew on the true history of the period as well as Shakespeare's source material and the play itself. Her research really shows through in the wonderful, descriptive period details. The plot is a bit confusing and gruesome with too much killing shown. The ending is a bit confusing and open-ended. Grelach is not a character that readers are meant to like but she does inspire some sympathy and she could probably argue a convincing case that none of the destruction was her fault and she was an innocent victim. Albia is not very likable either. Her romantic plot isn't very convincing and if it were not part of the story, I think the story would have been a bit stronger. Overall though, the writing is really good (especially Shakespeare's) and though this book was written to be read alongside the play or just after, it works well as a stand-alone. I think high school students who have an interest in history and/or Shakespeare will really like this book.

  • Sean McGuire
    2018-11-18 00:20

    Such a great book! Once again Klein does for Macbeth what she did in Ophelia for Shakespeare's Hamlet.As an avid fan of Macbeth, I've often mused on what made Lady Macbeth so ambitious and crafty, leading to her husband's murderous deeds and eventual insanity. And why does Shakespeare go out of his way to have Lady Macbeth mention to her husband, "[...] I have given suck, and know / How tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me." (1.7.54-55) yet explicitly avoids giving the couple children while giving children to literally every other male adult in the play? Lisa Klein took these questions and expanded on them, giving Lady Macbeth a daughter, Albia, the book's heroine, who is rejected by Macbeth for being a girl and having a crippled leg. Abandoned on the moor, Lady Macbeth's lady in waiting saves the child, spiriting her away to live with her two sisters in the woods. Thus begins the events that lead to the bloodbath that is the play we all know.It was really great seeing how Klein interwove the plot of the play and explained things and then threw in total surprises that worked so well. Quite a few of her ideas were also my accepted headcannon of background info. The only reason it's not getting 5 stars is because I didn't quite buy the budding romance between(view spoiler)[ Fleance (hide spoiler)] and Albia, and only started to right at the end AND THEN THEY PART WAYS. AGAIN. So I didn't really get a chance to buy into that relationship. And some burning questions were set up towards the end (or even earlier) yet left unanswered. Just how did Albia's girdle magically protect her? What was Luoch's fate? Did Malcolm go out in search of Albia (view spoiler)[after Fleance helped her and Luoch escape (hide spoiler)]? Did Macduff find Wee Duff? Who finally ended up with the crown? Did Colum and Caora pair off?! It was so good, but I just want these questions answered!If you haven't read this book or Ophelia, you need to. Right now. Go ahead, I'll be hear waiting until you return.

  • Elizabeth
    2018-11-28 01:21

    This book is based on Shakespeare's Macbeth, but is based on Macbeth's daughter, Albia. I really like this book because it had romance, but with a bang had adventure. This book is for people who like a bit of romance with a lot of action that just keeps the book on going. The book makes lots of twist and turns that makes the reader wonder what is coming up next. This book is about a girl named Albia who starts out living with her so-called mother who lives with her two sisters. Albia has a gift that some others would kill for. Albia has that power of second sight. Albia will go through a lot of troubles to understand her second sight. Albia is only a baby when she starts living with her new mother. Her real mother is the wife of Macbeth, Grelach, who is wicked and cruel. When Albia was born, her father said that a woman said that he would have sons. Albia was born and her mother had to give her up because her father hated her and wanted to have sons. Albia then had to leave her real mother to be eaten by the wolves. Her mother's servant then took to her new mother. Then when Albia grew up she was sent to live with the new king's general, Banquo, his son, Fleance, and his wife, Breda. Albia has fallen in love with her new stepbrother. Albia is now leaving her new family to set out for Fleance since he is searching for Macbeth and Grelach to kill them for taking his father's life. Albia is now torn between her only loved one and her blood that runs through her vains of a treacherous murderer, her own father. She will have to do many things and tasks before she will find her true self in her own life.I can connect this book to the play Macbeth. Macbeth is what this book was based on and read off of. The author made the view point between two people who were stuck with their own disasters and treachery. This book is similar to the play for all those reasons.I read this book in third quarter.

  • Hallie
    2018-11-17 23:11

    From my LJ write-up, which was rather concerned with other matters as well. (In other words, short but still managing to be all over the place.)I think the premise - that Lady M had a daughter, and was driven mad by grief of losing her, (all that nasty Macbeth's doing, obsessed as he was with having a son) long before she went mad from guilt - is an interesting one. Whether you go the old-fashioned way and consider Macbeth a story of pure evil unleashed or all-out Marxist criticism and read it as a story of a man destroyed by being at the changing-point from feudal to modern economic systems*, or somewhere between the two, there is still a fair amount of space left for a bit more motivation. The only problem I found with that in Lady Macbeth's Daughter is that Lady M isn't portrayed as woman made evil by grief consistently enough for it to work. Okay, I also thought Fleance was a bit of a jerk, Albia's love for him not too engaging, and the end a little hacked-off seeming. And I've got a completely irrational thing about girls getting their periods first time and its being explained to them in mystical terms. Here: "You're not dying, my friend. The goddess Banrigh has visited you" made me more than a bit queasy.I did like the descriptions of the landscape and scenery, and there were a lot of interesting touches, including a good author's note at the end, discussing Shakespeare's use of Holinshed's history of Macbeth.*This was the argument of the course material for a university module, not my own take on the matter.

  • Stephanie A.
    2018-11-24 00:16

    Fleabrain got somewhat trying as a love interest, so in my head her ultimate destiny is to become a certain shepherd's wife. Otherwise, I loved the setting on the wilds of semi-ancient Scotland almost as much as I loved the alternating chapters from Lady Macbeth's point of view, which strive to make her a sympathetic character whose treachery is born of grief and generally having been married too young.Admittedly, I have only skimmed the original play, but I thought this book did an amazing job of unpacking, expanding, and re-examining it from the female perspective/putting women at the center, while envisioning a whole story of missing scenes with a wildly memorable and likable original character (her backstory was particularly brilliant). The elements of magic conflated with the power of mere suggestion drew me in. And I'm pretty sure that the magnificent black warhorse she borrows is among my top five favorite characters in the book.Spoiler for ending: (view spoiler)[I also really liked that in the end of this one, Lady Macbeth's suicide is faked so she can go reunite with her long-lost daughter, who meanwhile has spurned all marriage offers in preference of freedom. To me this means since the nature of Collum and Caora's relationship got pretty murky by the end, there's no reason the destiny in my head can't come true several years down the line, when she's good and ready for it. A+ on the ability to provide closure to the story while leaving her future open-ended. (hide spoiler)]

  • C.K. Brooke
    2018-12-01 01:25

    Another hit from Lisa Klein, Lady Macbeth’s Daughter retells the famous Shakespearean tragedy of Macbeth from the point of view of a female character– Macbeth’s secret lost daughter, Albia.When Lady Macbeth gives birth to a baby girl with a clubbed foot, her husband Macbeth considers the babe cursed, and demands she be left outside to die. Lady Macbeth mourns for her daughter as her maid takes the baby away. But instead of adhering to Macbeth’s heartless orders, the maid gives the child to her sisters to raise in secret. Albia grows up in the simplicity of the woods, herding sheep in the pastures with her friends, completely unaware of her royal parentage.In the meantime, Albia’s adoptive aunts’ false prophecies to Macbeth have begun to drive him mad. Macbeth and his wife murder the goodly King Duncan for their own gain, and all of Scotland suffers under Macbeth’s tyranny. Eventually, Albia is sent to live with Banquo, Macbeth’s loyal general, and Banquo’s family. There, she falls in love with his son, Fleance. Meanwhile, gifted with “the Sight,” Albia plays a pivotal role in the story’s well-known outcome. The book is also narrated in part by Lady Macbeth.A well-woven tale rich with romance, intrigue, secrets, magic, history, beautiful Scottish scenery, and surprisingly multifaceted characters. Klein’s writing is elegant, tasteful and true to the era. This is an excellent novel!

  • Alise(Readers in Wonderland)
    2018-11-29 03:21

    This book reminded me of why I like historical fiction so much. But its major downfall, for me at least, is the unresolved plot holes and open ending. Open endings only work if the conflicts themselves are resolved and you are just left imagining what happened with a certain two characters or where a journey might take them next. But with this one I turned the last page and was really confused. Did I miss something? It was action, action, action up until now and then it just ended. What happened to everyone? Did they get happy endings? It seems like characters that once had a major role in the story were left forgotten and the biggest question of all was not answered either-who was going to be King of Scotland now? Another thing I'm still thinking about is about Albia's powers. Does she have them, does she not? The very last sentence talked about how she was healing her mother's wounds, which of course can be figurative but I am left wondering if this has something to do with her Sight-which was not fully explored either and the fact that she fought that boar and won. Even though it was questioned if she ever fought the bore in the first place. If you think too much about these little things like I do instead of just enjoying the story you might want to stay away. I did love this though, regardless of these little unanswered mysteries.

  • Books and Literature for Teens
    2018-11-18 23:19

    My first Klein book was Two Girls of Gettysburg. The end was breathtaking. Lady MacBeth's Daughter? An absolute masterpiece. I think Shakespeare would be happy to know that Macbeth is being enjoyed by teens once again. Filled with emotion and a exciting dramatic climax, Klein has done it again with this historical and mythical tale of Scotland's murderous king. Aliba, our heroine, is faced with a series of difficult choices; with every decision, the plot takes a another nail-biting turn. I love historical fiction because you always get a little something out of it, if not a lot. You get to wander through a past time period and enjoy an adventure. I usually like historical fiction--even if it is a bit slow at times--but that's just me. For those who like to be kept on the edge of your seat, well good news! Albia doesn't wait for adventure to happen, she finds it! Even hesitant readers might want to take a look at this book!Overall I think Lady Macbeth's Daughter is a thrilling novel dripping with romance and adventure and a surprising twist. I have not yet read Shakespeare's Macbeth, but this book is sure to help me through it or better yet, help bring it to life. |Age Group: YA, ages 14+||Content: Sensuality; not recommend for anyone under 13 (PG-13)|Courtesy of booksandliteratureforteens.blogspot.com