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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  1,036 ratings  ·  164 reviews
Albia, anne ve babasından, güçlü Macbeth'lerden habersiz Hatta bildiği tek şey üç tuhaf kızkardeş tarafından büyütül Wychlem Ormanı ve kırlarıydı. Ancak hırslı Macbeth kendisini bekleyen kaderin ne olduğunu söylemesi için kızkardeşleri bulduğunda, Albia'nm hayatı gözünü katliam bürümüş bir adam yüzünden altüst oldu. Kalbini Macbeth'in rakibi Fleance'a kaptırdı. Geleceği gö ...more
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Published 2009
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Rebecca
In this novel, set in 11th century Scotland, author Lisa Klein starts with the premise that Macbeth and his wife had a baby daughter, born with a deformed leg, and that Macbeth in his anger that she was not the healthy son he longed for, left the infant to die. Lady Macbeth, not much more than a girl herself in a time when women had no power, was helpless to stop him, and grieves for the loss of her daughter as well as the subsequent pregnancies she loses, believing herself cursed.

What neither o
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Katie
I haven't read a whole lot of really good historical books recently so I just figured this would be another one to add to that list. Boy was I wrong! Lady Macbeth's Daughter was probably one of the best historical books I have ever read! =]

I started Lady Macbeth's Daughter already knowing the story of Macbeth. I don't think it's necessary but it was really fun to compare this new take with the original. Surprisingly they don't differ that much, except for the daughter, obviously. It was a really
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Laura
I need this book so badly. I love this author and I can't wait!
Erin
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After reading Romeo's Ex: Rosaline’s Story I actively sought retellings of Shakespeare’s plays. Lady Macbeth’s Daughter was one of the first titles I came across and to be honest, it was the one I was most excited about reading. I am a huge fan of Macbeth and was overjoyed to find that my local library had the title.

First of all, being familiar with the play helps with the reading but isn’t necessary. I thought that was a major a
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Kim
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The Dreamer Reader
The Good: I usually stay away from historical fiction, but Lady Macbeth's Daughter wanted to change my mind about the genre. It was wonderfully written and so enjoyable to read.

I loved how the author added more depth to the characters and all of them were well developed and not boring what-so-ever.

Albia is a fantastic main character and definitely my favorite character in the whole book. Seriously, I just wanted to give her a huge hug just because she was just so kick-ass. Seriously, what was Sh
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Amy
This is the second book that I have read by Lisa Klein. the first was her re-telling of Hamlet through Ophelia's eyes and I wasn't sure if I wanted to read another Shakespeare make-over. I almost gave this book three stars because i didn't love the story when told by anyone other than Shakespeare.It seemed a little bit dark and gory, but without the brilliant and beautiful verse that makes Shakespeare's version wonderful. I didn't think the writing was that great and at times I just craved to ju ...more
Tara Chevrestt
This was pretty good for a YA novel. It is a version of William Shakespeare's MacBeth as told from the viewpoint of Macbeth's and Lady Macbeth's daughter if she had existed. It goes back and forth from Albia, the daughter (who was thrown to the wolves for being a cripple), and Grelach aka Lady MacBeth. Readers will see how MacBeth wrongfully attains the kingship of Scotland and how Grelach assisted him. There is a rebellion among the thanes as MacBeth starts to lose his mind due to the guilt he ...more
Sara Grochowski
Macbeth was never my favorite play by Shakespeare, but, after reading Lady Macbeth's Daughter, I have a newfound respect for the story. I really think that Albia made the story for me - Lisa Klein wrote Albia so perfectly that I can't believe Shakespeare left her out!

Albia was an amazing addition to Macbeth's original cast. Not only was is a resilient and strong female lead, she shows the perfect blend of characteristics one would expect her to have inherited through her birth parents and her a
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Wally
In Shakespeare’s tragedy, the Macbeths are childless, although Lady Macbeth makes reference to having nursed a baby; the premise of this book is that Lady Macbeth gave birth to a girl, who was promptly rejected by Macbeth because he desired a son and heir to the throne. The girl, Albia, is raised by the three Wyrd sisters and eventually makes her way back into the court, not knowing who her parents are until quite late. Specific lines from the play are woven seamlessly into the novel whenever Al ...more
Kristin
From the author of Ophelia comes a new twist on a Shakespearean classic: Lady Macbeth’s Daughter. In Lisa Klein’s take on Macbeth, Lady Macbeth bears a deformed child – a girl, nonetheless. When Macbeth casts away his child, Albia, his wife mourns and a serving woman, Rhuven, along with her sisters (coincidently the witches), takes the baby in, treating her like a daughter. Albia grows up with no knowledge of her rightful birth mother, while Lady Macbeth continues to grieve for the daughter she ...more
Anne Osterlund
Albia is a daughter of Scotland.
Raised on the heath by three women who keep the old ways, her greatest joy is chasing the lambs with her friend Colum.
But all is not right in Scotland.
And Albia knows, perhaps better than anyone, who is to blame.
Macbeth. His greed. His covetousness. His willingness to commit murder.
What Albia doesn’t know is that she is his daughter.
And she may one day pay the price for his sins.

An original spin on Shakespeare’s dark tale of murder, mayhem, and twisted power. I li
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Edacheeky
OMG THIS IS LIKE THE CONTINUATION OF MACBETH I MUST READ THIS!!
Phoebe
Klein expands the play to tell the story of Albia, the daughter of Lady Macbeth and her husband, who, the author tells us, might have existed (the birth of daughters would usually have gone unrecorded). What if she had? What is her story? Deformed at birth, the baby is taken outside the castle walls to be left to die, but of course, the faithful lady's maid arranges for her rescue and Albia grows up amidst the three "witches," not knowing her true identity. Meanwhile, things are heating up polit ...more
Courtney
I loved Ophelia by Lisa Klein but I like Macbeth much more than Hamlet, so this book really struck a chord for me. I felt that she painted the primitive warring culture of Scotland in this period extremely well, and her author notes at the end of the book bears out the extent of her research. I'm not sure that I 100% like the protagonist all the time, but she's a well drawn character and a feisty warrior.
Jamie
Not nearly as good as Klein's 'Ophelia,' but still a decent read.

(***spoiler alert - if you've never read or seen Macbeth, this paragraph gives a lot away***) What really bother me are the details that don't match up from the play - mostly that Macbeth never receives report that his wife has died.

I'll continue to read books by this author in hopes another one like 'Ophelia' surfaces.
Alison
MacBeth is one of those historical figures that had the bad luck of being on the "loosing" side of history. I hope that other people who read this story take the time to read Klein's historical notes about the real MacBeth who actually reigned during a relatively peaceful time and contrary to current belief did not steal the crown but was chosen to be King by his peers.
Skylar
Ok, first off, if you're one of those people who doesn't like the mention of sex, then don't pick up this book. I myself don't mind it, because all is necessary, so this book is an A++ Shakespeare twist. I adore it when people can seamlessly alter a Shakespearian play without ruining it (for Shakespeare is sacred, and messing with it is usually frowned upon). I wasn't sure what I would think of this one, but once I opened it up and started, I couldn't put it down. I loved how Albia so seamlessly ...more
Stephanie A.
Fleabrain got somewhat trying as a love interest, so in my head her ultimate destiny is to become a certain shepherd's wife. Otherwise, I loved the setting on the wilds of semi-ancient Scotland almost as much as I loved the alternating chapters from Lady Macbeth's point of view, which strive to make her a sympathetic character whose treachery is born of grief and generally having been married too young.

Admittedly, I have only skimmed the original play, but I thought this book did an amazing job
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Qnpoohbear
This take on Shakespeare's play is told in alternating viewpoints with Grelach, Lady Macbeth and Albia, the daughter, telling the story. Grelach is the granddaughter of a king and expects that her father will inherit one day until her grandfather is murdered and King Duncan puts himself on the throne. Grelach is married off at 13 to a man twice her age, whom she detests. She gives birth to a son, Luoch, whom she also dislikes. When her husband is murdered by Macbeth, Grelach's father forces her ...more
Laura
After having the role of a Weird Sister in my high school's performance of Macbeth, I am pretty much drawn to anything that has to do with the play. I picked this book up and was really excited that there was a YA novel about it. This book did not disappoint... I love how the author weaved elements and even actual lines from the play into the story. She created a new character and successfully managed to incorporate them into the story, while giving it her own twist. She made the Weird Sisters n ...more
Sarah
Jun 28, 2009 Sarah rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mostly girls, 13+ (several adult themes- murder, sex/rape- nothing explicit however)
Recommended to Sarah by: Loved her other novel, Ophelia, which originally snagged me with its cover art (yup, I'm shallow :D )
As with Ophelia, one of Lisa Klein's other young adult fiction books, I absolutely adored this book and never wanted it to end. Like Enter Three Witches, a novel by Caroline B. Cooney that is also amazing on many levels, this book retells the story of Macbeth from the perspective of an invented character, Albia, daughter of the MacBeths (abandoned at birth for being female), who blends in almost seemlessly with the original story. With interesting chapters from the perspective of Grelach (an inv ...more
Books and Literature for Teens
My first Klein book was Two Girls of Gettysburg. The end was breathtaking. Lady MacBeth's Daughter? An absolute masterpiece. I think Shakespeare would be happy to know that Macbeth is being enjoyed by teens once again. Filled with emotion and a exciting dramatic climax, Klein has done it again with this historical and mythical tale of Scotland's murderous king. Aliba, our heroine, is faced with a series of difficult choices; with every decision, the plot takes a another nail-biting turn. I love ...more
Beth
After reading Romeo's Ex:Rosaline's Story, I was really excited for Shakespeare retelling sorts of things. I was really excited for this one because I had just read Macbeth in school, and I thought it would be amazing.

Now, I understand wanting to change things, and I also understand that I personally am a purist - I dislike making major (or sometimes even minor) changes. However, I really disliked some of the author's choices. I did NOT like how Lady Macbeth started off not-evil. It didn't do it
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Elizabeth
This book is based on Shakespeare's Macbeth, but is based on Macbeth's daughter, Albia. I really like this book because it had romance, but with a bang had adventure. This book is for people who like a bit of romance with a lot of action that just keeps the book on going. The book makes lots of twist and turns that makes the reader wonder what is coming up next.
This book is about a girl named Albia who starts out living with her so-called mother who lives with her two sisters. Albia has a gift
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Holly
I love a good spin-off of Shakespeare. I mean, Shakespeare is great and all, but I have a hard time keeping my attention on it, especially if it's one of his tragedies. I'm better with his comedies. And I read Macbeth in my English class last year and thought it was cool. So I really wanted to read it from Albia's point of view.

Albia is the daughter of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, born soon after they are married. Macbeth, wanting sons, is very displeased with the fact that his child is a girl (not
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Leah R
Well researched, great topic, excellent interpretation of both Shakespeare and the real history- the idea of a daughter makes much sense of the play Macbeth- 'I have known what it is to nurse a tender babe' (I paraphrase, sorry) and yet they have no children. The way Klein mixes 'real' magic (like Albia actually having the sight) with faked prophecies that come true because people make them happen through believing in them and having their own ambitions and desires- very well done.

However it was
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Aneta Bak
Such a lovely book!!!!
In this re-telling of Shakespeare's Macbeth. Lady Macbeth had a daughter, and of course Macbeth decided to get rid of her, because she wasn't the son he wanted. When the daughter was being sent to be killed, one of Lady Macbeth's servants decided to take her and raise her as her own child. What no one knew, was that this particular servant had 2 other sisters, which later pretended to be the 3 witches from the main story. This story revolves around Albia, and how she ended
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Alise  (Readers in Wonderland)
This book reminded me of why I like historical fiction so much. But its major downfall, for me at least, is the unresolved plot holes and open ending. Open endings only work if the conflicts themselves are resolved and you are just left imagining what happened with a certain two characters or where a journey might take them next. But with this one I turned the last page and was really confused. Did I miss something? It was action, action, action up until now and then it just ended. What happened ...more
Hallie
From my LJ write-up, which was rather concerned with other matters as well. (In other words, short but still managing to be all over the place.)

I think the premise - that Lady M had a daughter, and was driven mad by grief of losing her, (all that nasty Macbeth's doing, obsessed as he was with having a son) long before she went mad from guilt - is an interesting one. Whether you go the old-fashioned way and consider Macbeth a story of pure evil unleashed or all-out Marxist criticism and read it a
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