Looking for a new read for the new year? How about an elegantly written historical fiction to kick off 2012? Perhaps Queen Hereafter by Susan Fraser King would be just the thing! You can find a summary of the book below to whet your appetite and also read my full review on Stiletto Storytime here.
“Refugee. Queen. Saint. In eleventh-century Scotland, a young woman strives to fulfill her destiny despite the risks . . .
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 page-turner, 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.”
Sound like your cup of tea? To help celebrate the new year and the paperback release of this title Stiletto Storytime is excited to be able to offer two lucky readers their own copy of Queen Hereafter by Susan Fraser King. Giveaway ends midnight EST December 31, 2011. This giveaway is open US/Canada only. Winners will be chosen by random.org and notified by e-mail address or Twitter on January 1, 2012. Good Luck to all and Happy Reading!
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