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Monday, December 8, 2014

{Blog Tour} LADY MACBETH: Daughter of Ravens by Melanie Karsak
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Lady Macbeth by Melanie Karsak
(Daughter of Ravens #1)
Publication date: December 3rd 2014
Genres: Adult, Fantasy


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.


Melanie Karsak is the author of the Amazon best-selling steampunk series The Airship Racing Chronicles (Chasing the Star Garden and Chasing the Green Fairy) and the award-wining horror/dark fantasy Harvesting Series. She grew up in rural northwestern Pennsylvania and earned a Master’s degree in English from Gannon University. A steampunk connoisseur, white elephant collector, and zombie whisperer, the author currently lives in Florida with her husband and two children. She is an Instructor of English at Eastern Florida State College.

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Disclaimer: I received an ecopy of this book for the tour to read and review. No other compensation was offered nor would it have been accepted. The following is my honest review.

I have been a reader of Shakespeare since I was in middle school. My brother and I even bought one another a complete collected works book one year for Christmas which we laughed about.

But then I hit high school and I had this literature teacher who was amazing. And we read many of Shakespeare's works, including MACBETH. And you know...I remember thinking how loathsome Lady MacBeth was, urging her husband to commit murder just to achieve her own agenda for a crown. And I remember thinking how she deserved her fate, her offstage suicide, how it was just that guilt ate at her and ate at her, driving her to madness. OUT, OUT DAMN SPOT!

So, naturally, I wanted to read Melanie Karsak's Lady Macbeth. I do love a story told from the villain's side. I especially love it when an author makes you feel for that villain, see that villain as human, that that person is not just pure evil. And wow...Melanie Karsak does not disappoint. This is not the first book I've read from this author, and I will certainly be reading the rest in this series.

This book has everything that I love to escape into: magic, passion, overcoming a societal expectation, women of strength and courage, romance, political machinations, a plot that is intricate and detailed and woven around a story you already know some of, action, and more.  I cannot wait to read on and see what happens to Corbie as she encounters the next phase of her life, to see her with Macbeth, to see how this all plays out, and why she urged MacBeth to kill Duncan and why the guilt ate at her so. Was it for her part in that death? Was it for abandoning or being abandoned by her love? What is going to happen to her love? She's a pawn, both politically and otherwordly as a goddess has claimed her as her tool. Poor Lady Macbeth. I feel for you already! 

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