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Banquo's Son (Banquo's son trilogy #1)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  65 ratings  ·  8 reviews
An epic tale of love, loss and revenge set amidst the turmoil of Scotland after Macbeth.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 2009 by Penguin (first published 2009)
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Wendy Howard
This is the review I wrote for my local library...

Banquo, Thane of Lochaber, was a friend of Macbeth's, known to us through Shakespeare's "Scottish play", who was told by the three witches - also known as the wierd sisters and famous for the line "Double, double toil and trouble" - that he would himself not be king of Scotland, but his descendants would be in the future. Banquo does not put any value on the predictions of witches, but Macbeth believes every word they say.

When Banquo's son Fleanc

After a slow start and a very long time to read ( while I was distracted by other books), I am finally finished. I actually really enjoyed it. I has high hopes initially and it was a bit slow at the beginning, but about half way it got cracking and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The setting is the kind of thing I enjoy anyway and I loved the little references to macbeth. I see there is a sequel so will have to check it out.
Although it took me a while to get going with this book, it warmed up and I really enjoyed it. Macbeth is my favourite Shakespeare play so I loved all the references to it in the book. I really liked that Banquo came to life. There is a sequel too which I am now going to track down and add to my list.
Liked it. I didn't realise it was a NZ writer. I only grabbed it off the shelf because I wanted something different then vampires and werewolves. Was good. Enjoyed the reading.
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Courtney Johnston
I always feel like a bit of a cock for not reading more New Zealand writers, but Maurice Gee and Margaret Mahy aside, I'm just not feeling it.

'Banquo's Son' is a perfectly competent bit of historical fiction, an offshoot of Hamlet written by a NZ writer and English teacher. I use competent here in the 'capable but boring' sense - each bit of the plot is telegraphed pages and pages out, and a third of the way in I'd lost hope of being surprised by the story or captured by the writing.
I am not overly familiar with Macbeth but I thoroughly enjoyed Roxborogh's imaginings of what may have happened next. Can't wait to read the rest of the series.
Fairly good, some slow patches and then the ending caught me by surprize.
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T. K. Roxborogh currently lives in Dunedin, New Zealand, and has been a teacher since 1989. She is the author of over twenty-five published works across a range of genres: novels, plays for the classroom, Shakespearean texts, English grammar books and adult non-fiction. She teaches English at a secondary school, writes and reads at every opportunity and, with her husband, runs around after her fam ...more
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