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Publisher Description

From towering crags to misted moors and formidable fortresses, Lady Macbeth transports readers to the heart of eleventh-century Scotland, painting a bold, vivid portrait of a woman much maligned by history. 

Lady Gruadh—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. As she encounters danger from Vikings, Saxons, and treacherous Scottish lords, Rue begins to respect the man she once despised. When she learns that Macbeth’s complex ambitions extend beyond the borders of the vast northern region, she realizes that only Macbeth can unite Scotland. But his wife’s royal blood is the key to his ultimate success.  

Determined to protect her son and a proud legacy of warrior kings and strong women, Rue invokes the ancient wisdom and secret practices of her female ancestors as she strives to hold her own in a warrior society. Finally, side by side as the last Celtic king and queen of Scotland, she and Macbeth must face the gathering storm brought on by their combined destiny.
This is Lady Macbeth as you’ve never seen her.

Fiction & Literature
February 12
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews



Enchanting story so outside the play. Learned so much about my own ancestry of Scotland. Susan King gave such rich detail of the people and land that I felt that I was right there watching the story unfold. Now I will make plans to go to Scotland to see this landscape for myself.
From a woman who loved the adventure.

shakesgal ,

Lady Macbeth

A superlative journey through the world of 11th Century Scotland,
this is not the play - it is the world surrounding and supporting the
play; filled with details on living, loving,working, worshiping, warring. ruling and on...
For any actress playing this role, any Actor as Macbeth any director defining the world around the play this is a treasure trove .
Plus a great map and Genealogy chart BONUS!

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