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Shipwrecked on the Scottish coast, a young Saxon princess and her family - including the outlawed Edgar of England - ask sanctuary of the warrior-king Malcolm Canmore, who shrewdly sees the political advantage. He promises to aid Edgar and the Saxon cause in return for the hand of Edgar's sister, Margaret, in marriage.
A foreign queen in a strange land, Margaret adapts to life among the barbarian Scots, bears princes, and shapes the fierce warrior Malcolm into a sophisticated ruler. Yet even as the king and queen build a passionate and tempestuous partnership, the Scots distrust her. When her husband brings Eva, a Celtic bard, to court as a hostage for the good behavior of the formidable Lady Macbeth, Margaret expects trouble. Instead, an unlikely friendship grows between the queen and her bard, though one has a wild Celtic nature and the other follows the demanding path of obligation.
Torn between old and new loyalties, Eva is bound by a vow to betray the king and his Saxon queen. Soon imprisoned and charged with witchcraft and treason, Eva learns that Queen Margaret - counseled by the furious king and his powerful priests - will decide her fate and that of her kinswoman Lady Macbeth. But can the proud queen forgive such deep treachery?
Impeccably researched, a dramatic pause-resister, Queen Hereafter is an unforgettable story of shifting alliances and the tension between fear and trust as a young woman finds her way in a dangerous world.
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By Katherine on 08-02-12
Tested my patience.
I usually love historical novels but I'm afraid I had to force myself to slog through this one. There were characters who could have been amazingly interesting but unfortunately, the narration made the story as dull as dishwater. The way that the narrator spoke as Margaret made one think her character was more like a robot than a real person - where did she get that accent???
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
By Deborah on 07-09-12
story is good, but the narration unbearable
Just finished the seven hours of part 1 and can't go on listening. I will usually slog through narration issues because I hate wasting my credits. But in this case, I just can't. The narrator--although a decent reader--makes the voices of all the male characters sound like robots or zombies. It's so bad that I can't muster any sense of the male characters as real or interesting. It's a pity though; the story is quite good--guess I'll finish it on my kindle.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By Miss on 05-07-12
A great storyline but poor narration
I enjoy historical fiction and looked forward to listening to this audiobook. I was disappointed by the painful narration. The accents are truly awful in places. I powered through the book because the storyline was intriguing but it became more of a chore due to the irritating voices and accents.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Andrew Stuart on 01-27-13
Thankfully a good story
If you have ever been to Scotland or know someone who has this will be an excruciatingly difficult listen. Living in West Aberdeenshire on the border with Moray (pronounced Murry) it was painful to hear the reader saying "More - Ray" throughout.
Fortunately the story of St.Margaret, queen of Scotland was very interesting and while I'm sure would not be historically accurate, it certainly gave an insight as to why Queen Margaret was canonised. I hope that the author/ producer / publisher or whoever find a Scot to rerecord the great book to bring the book alive and enrich the listeners experience.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful