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Enter Three Witches Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 2008
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Readers meet a teenager named Mary, ward of Lord Macbeth and his wife Lady Macbeth. Mary is the source of envy and disdain by the household staff, including Swin, the cook who knows about magic, and Ildred, full of sadness and desire for a better life. Mary thinks only of her betrothed and her father, far away while she learns about castle life.
However, a terrible battle changes everything. Mary's father is hanged as a traitor to the King, and Macbeth and his loyal followers --- Banquo, Fleance and Seyton --- are called heroes for killing enemies. Seyton turns out to have dark ambitions of his own and carries evil secrets. Mary now has no future and worries that she herself will be hanged.
When the King is murdered in Lord Macbeth's castle and his sons run away, Macbeth and his wife become king and queen. But something is wrong. Did the Princes or the King's servants kill him? Mary heard the Witches' predictions and knows that the murderer is still at large. Meanwhile, no one embraces the new king and queen. Anyone who goes against them in any way is murdered, and the body count piles up with suspicion.
One day, while riding, Fleance and his father are stopped by supposed robbers. But they are not interested in goods or horses and instead wield axes. Fleance fights and then flees to find the Princes and reclaim the throne from Macbeth. He also wants to learn the identities of the robbers and who sent them.Read more ›
Lady Mary is set for life. She has a bright future complete with a betrothal to a handsome boy, a castle of her own, and more than she could ever want. When her father is hanged for treachery, that bright future is ripped from her fingers. Instead, she becomes a maid in the household of Lord and Lady Macbeth, a dangerously powerful couple who will do anything to get their way.
As people drop dead and the events from Macbeth (Folger Shakespeare Library) unfold around Mary, she finds that life is harder than she once believed.
This novel is enchanting, but difficult to follow at times. It bounces from character to character within the chapter, allowing you to see all that is happening at once. Ms. Cooney ties the novel in with Shakespeare's Macbeth (Folger Shakespeare Library) using both events and quotes taken directly from the play. This is definitely recommended for the history buff or Shakespeare fan.
Reviewed by: Jessica Cave
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Love this book. I read it every time I want a story that will take over my life for a few days. Nice suspense, characters that grab you, and a creative take on an old story. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Hilary L. Hayes
My daughter was given this book to read as an extra credit assignment and ended up loving it! She said it kept her interest.Published on May 21, 2013 by mak
Quite a noble undertaking, and yet Cooney did not quite succeed. Very few have succeeded in doing what Shakespeare did best, taking the familiar story and making it new and... Read morePublished on November 20, 2012 by Heather (Davidson) Maneiro
I loved this take on Macbeth's characters - the backstory from a very different perspective. Well done!Published on March 4, 2010 by Mary E. Stuart