King Hereafter and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $17.95
  • Save: $3.30 (18%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 4 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
King Hereafter has been added to your Cart
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Paperback cover is bright and clean with signs of wear around edges, but no tears or marks. Binding is tight. No markings throughout.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

King Hereafter Paperback – September 29, 1998


See all 12 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$14.65
$8.35 $0.01
Mass Market Paperback
"Please retry"

Best Books of the Month
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
$14.65 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Only 4 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

King Hereafter + The Game of Kings (Lymond Chronicles, 1)
Price for both: $28.72

Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

Review

"A storyteller who could teach Scheherazade a thing or two." --The New York Times

"One of the greatest tale-spinners since Dumas." --Cleveland Plain Dealer

From the Inside Flap

Back in print by popular demand--"A stunning revelation of the historical Macbeth, harsh and brutal and eloquent." --Washington Post Book World.

With the same meticulous scholarship and narrative legerdemain she brought to her hugely popular Lymond Chronicles, our foremost historical novelist travels further into the past.  In King Hereafter, Dorothy Dunnett's stage is the wild, half-pagan country of eleventh-century Scotland.  Her hero is an ungainly young earl with a lowering brow and a taste for intrigue.  He calls himself Thorfinn but his Christian name is Macbeth.

Dunnett depicts Macbeth's transformation from an angry boy who refuses to accept his meager share of the Orkney Islands to a suavely accomplished warrior who seizes an empire with the help of a wife as shrewd and valiant as himself.  She creates characters who are at once wholly creatures of another time yet always recognizable--and she does so with such realism and immediacy that she once more elevates historical fiction into high art.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; Vintage Books ed edition (September 29, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375704035
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375704031
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

74 of 76 people found the following review helpful By nto62 on June 17, 2004
Format: Paperback
There are some reviewers here who question critically whether Dorothy Dunnett has accurately identified the historical MacBeth in her novel, King Hereafter. Need I point out the irony? Whether MacBeth was Thorfinn, Earl of Orkney, or Duncan, King of Alba, or someone else entirely, has little to do with the value of this book - a work of historical fiction. After completing Dunnett's 8-volume House of Niccolo, I quickly added her to my list of favorite authors. At first impression, her writing style could be called cryptic, even disjointed, her cadence unfamiliar. Her research is impeccable and without some foreknowledge of the period setting, Dunnett's density and detail may frustrate the reader.
An 8-volume work affords the reader much time to become acquainted with author and subject. Not so, in the single-volume King Hereafter. One must have some experience with Dunnett or truly be a fan of the age and genre to rejoice in this tale of MacBeth. Yet, one need not rejoice in a book to find it, in the end, a worthy read. If the reader can navigate the obscure asides in which she clearly revels, become comfortable with her unique rythym, Dunnett's King Hereafter will engross and enchant, will certainly educate, and provide it's consumer much pleasure.
A rousing 11th-century tale of royal intrigue, power politics, romance, and wry humor spanning the breadth of medieval Europe, King Hereafter easily merits 4 stars.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
54 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Peter D. Tillman VINE VOICE on November 3, 2004
Format: Hardcover
My first Dunnett, and a crackerjack. OK, a big, fat crackerjack historical novel about 11th century Britain, specifically on the life of the (maybe) historic King Macbeth, who ruled Orkney and northern Scotland 1040-1058. For good measure, we get Lady Godiva, too. Plus Duncan, Malcolm, and Duke William waiting for his Big Moment in 1066, over there in Normandy.

Link at first comment for a fine, short review by reliable Danny Yee: "King Hereafter is a dark and sombre work...and at near nine hundred pages not one to be tackled lightly. It is, however, a rewarding feast for those who like solid historical fiction."

Nice background for the book at dorothydunnettdot)co(dot)uk/dunnettqa5.htm
She read some 700 books for KH! And compiled "145 interlocking European family trees, laid out in miniscule writing on a piece of wallpaper 20 feet long." Now, that's research!

Anyway, it's reassuring that the historical background is as good as she could make it, plus it's a ripping (hacking, stabbing, disembowelling...) good yarn. Boy, Britain went seriously downhill, in the civilization dept., when the Romans left. Positively *medieval* back then <GG>.

Happy reading!
Peter D. Tillman
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 1, 2001
Format: Paperback
My librarian friend, and a rabid Dorothy Dunnett fan, recommended this book to me. I am a teacher, and Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's plays that I frequently teach, so right off the bat I was interested. She warned me, however, that the first 50 pages or so were tough going. Well, truth be told, I absolutely suffered through the first 250 pages. It was only stubborn determination that kept me going. The plot was not too confusing for me (though it is pretty cryptic sometimes). The cast of characters was not too broad (though there are lots and lots of people to keep track of). It wasn't even that the writing style was too dense (though it is laid on rather thickly). I think what frustrated me was that nothing ever seemed to get anywhere. Here I was, putting in all this hard work to read carefully, and I felt very little reward as far as rising action is concerned. This is not to say that nothing ever happened. On the contrary, lots and lots happens in this novel. Rather, all these events kept accruing, but they never seemed to coalesce to form a big picture. It was almost potboilerish. I felt it was not worth the time and energy.
But then I came to the last 150 pages or so. Man! Things started rolling. I flew through to the end. And here's where the book's seductiveness (or my illness) becomes apparent: the minute I finished this book, I felt compelled to pick it up again and start reading from the beginning. I reread the first chapter, and the difference in my reading experience was incredible. I forced myself to put the book down because school was beginning in two weeks and I had to do all the planning I had neglected because I was reading King Hereafter, but I think that next summer, I may begin with this one.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By H. McCarthy on July 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
First of all, this is historical fiction. The author isn't trying to 'prove' that any names from her homeland's ancient past are who she says they are in her tale - she is simply writing, with all the passion and expertise at her disposal, a story of what might have been. Shakespeare did the same kind of thing. Dunnett gives her Macbeth a more sympathtic press, but he is hers, not Shakespeare's or history's.
She has always excelled at using the minutiae of research to give her people a convincing world to move in. This is no less true in this story than in the Lymond or Niccolo chronicles, and it may surprise many readers who don't know the so-called Dark Ages that for the rich and well-connected this were actually a cosmopolitan, widely-travelled era when politics,religion and intermarriage connected most of Europe. The picture she paints of the birth of the Scots nation is plausible, and her people have the authentic feel of living people breathing air that was less chemically polluted, but otherwise no different from our own.
I loved this book. It is one of the very few historical-mythic fantasies that I cosnider on the same level as Rosemary Sutcliife's sublime 'Sword At Sunset'. Dorothy Dunnet has done her utmost to create a Matter of Scotland with the same convincing texture as Sutcliffe's Celtic take on the Matter of Britain, and it's a job well done.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
King Hereafter
This item: King Hereafter
Price: $14.65
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Want to discover more products? Check out this page to see more: last sail banner