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Queen Hereafter

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  2,360 Ratings  ·  271 Reviews
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 i
ebook, 317 pages
Published December 7th 2010 by Broadway Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Rio (Lynne)
It's so amazing how we each interpret books differently. Everything I read on this one was great, but I could just not bring myself to finish it. The author mentioned in the Afterword how there was so much information on Margaret that she could not fit it into her novel, then why invent a character named Eva that took up 50% of the story? I got halfway through the book and still nothing interesting. Margaret of Scotland had such a rich, interesting history being a Queen to the tough Malcolm. She ...more
Sara Giacalone
This book is well written. Unfortunately, Queen Margaret of Scotland isn't my favorite character, and my feelings for her somewhat tainted my enjoyment of the book. Margaret was later cannonized as a saint, so I suppose she needed to be... saintly and pious, full of good works, deeds and thoughts (and in the Afterword, the author said she tried to tone that down). The story should have been interesting - it is certainly the time period I'm currently most interested in (around 1066, the time of t ...more
Jenny Q
2.5 Stars. Eh. The author speaks passionately about Margaret's and Malcolm's relationship in her note, which is enough to get the reader excited and ready for a good story, but that passion doesn't translate into the book. There's technically nothing wrong with it, but I found it slow reading with little excitement and even less romance. All of the characters seemed rather cardboard and none of them were compelling enough to hold my interest. I ended up skimming the second half. I was disappoint ...more
A light promising historical read that dealt with one of the formidable queens of Scotland. This book was entertaining as well as informative. I admit that before starting this book I knew very little about the period. I knew about the reign of William the Conqueror but most of the books I have read has shown him in a favorable light. Reading about his reign from the point of view of the Scottish people and the Saxons was a different experience. The book follows the life of Margaret the eldest d ...more
Amy Bruno
What struck me the most when I read Susan Fraser King’s first novel, Lady MacBeth , was the way she was able to suck me in within the first page. Well, I can happily say that the same thing happened with her newest release, Queen Hereafter: A Novel of Margaret of Scotland.

Margaret, the daughter of an exiled prince and granddaughter to Edmund Ironside, was raised in the strictly religious Hungarian court. Her father is called back to England, but dies shortly after and following a series of even
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
I won this book in a blog giveaway by Musings of a Book Junkie. I was not required to give a review in exchange.

Queen Hereafter is about the saint queen Margaret, who is required to marry King Malcolm although she desires only to become a nun. Her historical figure is intertwined with a fictional character, Eva, who is a female bard who comes to court and hides a secret.

I'll admit, this book greatly frustrated me. There are lyrical moments where I would get swept away with the rich descriptions
Dec 05, 2010 Staci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Staci by: TLC Tour
Shelves: 2010-reads
Why I wanted to read this book: I am very fond of historical fiction and once again I knew absolutely nothing about Queen Margaret of Scotland.

What worked for me:

* Margaret found herself in a very bad situation. She felt her calling was to be nun and instead she finds herself as a pawn for her brother's desire to win back the throne of England. She was a very complex and unusual woman. I admired her piety, but at times I thought she went too far with her devotion to God and her prayers. If she
It's funny how this novel reminded me so much of a short story I wrote in college of a young woman whose life changes dramatically after the successful Norman invasion of 1066. Margaret's story is probably relevant to most of her people considering how cataclysmic and life-changing the Norman invasion was to English history, just not on such a grand scale as hers. After the Norman takeover, Margaret and her family fled to Scotland where she married the Scottish king in order to secure an allianc ...more
Mar 29, 2011 Jodi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had a hard time reading this book and rating it! I want to give it 2 1/2 stars....not that, that makes much of a difference. I really wanted to love this book. I'm most proud of my Scottish heritage and I know the most about it compared to my other family heritages. My family continues to be sprinkled with names that are found throughout this book even though the book takes place during the Medieval period, around 1060. My disappointment in the book came from not focusing enough on Margaret, Q ...more
Girls Gone Reading
Queen Hereafter tells not only the story of Margaret of Scotland-the queen who became a saint. Instead, Queen Hereafter takes the ideas of loyalty and storytelling head on. The end result is a fascintating historical read about a very influential woman.
Margaret is the epitome of loyalty. She spends hours and hours a day in prayer. She fasts even when she is pregnant, and she is very confident and sure in her religious beliefs. King did a wonderful job explaining why Margaret might have felt comp
Dec 08, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From my book review blog Rundpinne..."Rich in historical detail, prose full of vivid imagery which easily takes the reader deep into the eleventh century, time rapidly passes by as the reader becomes more and more engrossed by the stories of Eva, Margaret, and Gruadh."...The full review may be read here.
Nov 11, 2014 Lia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: couldn-t-stomach
I just can't waste anymore time on this book. I've tried to enjoy it, but there is only so many times I can read about a holier-than-thou princess going to a shabby church in the early morning before I want something else to start happening.
Jan 20, 2016 Alyssa marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
A novel about my 30th great grandmother!! Fun!
Giovanni Gelati
Dec 08, 2010 Giovanni Gelati rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are looking for some historical romance, step right up this is your novel. Susan Fraser King gives us all history we can handle with a side order of romance, or is it vice versa, in Queen Hereafter. I am going to do things a little backward in this post, so please forgive me and just indulge me a little if you will. I want to go with the author’s biographical information first and I think that will better help explain the novel and its plotline. Here it is:
” SUSAN FRASER KING is a multi-p
The story of Margaret of Scotland is told through the eyes of fictional female bard Eva. It can sometimes be a challenge to place a fictional main character into a world in which all other essential characters are historically based but Fraser King seamlessly moves Eva through the Scottish court life without ever hinting that she doesn’t truly belong there. You could really believe the struggles that Eva faced being torn between the court in the North and the true royal court of Scotland. Anothe ...more
Set in the 11th century, Queen Hereafter: A Novel of Margaret of Scotland follows Margaret as she goes from being an exiled princess to Queen of Scots. Margaret's brother is the outlawed Edgar of England, and he is trying to gain supporters in his fight to wrest the crown from King William the Conqueror. When they are shipwrecked on the shores of Scotland, Malcolm, King of Scots, takes the exiled family under his wing and gives them food, shelter, and support for Edgar's cause. Malcolm falls in ...more
I wavered back and forth over giving this 2 or 3 stars. I decided 3 as some of the characters were interesting, and it is generally well-written. What it fails in is giving us interesting or relatable characters that aren't made up. I'm talking the actual historical figures who are the central part of the book. Especially, the title character, Margaret. She is portrayed as someone who is actively working to attain sainthood. Margaret was indeed a very devout person, that is historical fact, but ...more
Jun 24, 2015 Ksenia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's a lot I liked about this book and would give it 3.5 stars if possible. I liked how Susan King weaved in the culture, history and traditions of 11th-century Scotland. That was nicely done and interesting. Parts of it were too slow and too much focus on Margaret's piety/praying. This novel focuses on her early years as queen -- I wanted to get to know her more as a real person. For instance, in the Author's Note, it's mentioned that she disguised herself as a man to get into a monastery -- ...more
Dec 17, 2010 Tanja rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So in all fairness the book did make me want to read more about Margaret and Malcolm of Scotland. The problem for me is that I did not like the style of writing and I felt like the story was forced. The afterword was more moving to me. When I took English classes or writing classes in college the thing they always told us was "show don't tell" and I felt like there was a lot of telling going on. I was just expected to take the authors word for it that things happened that way and that the charac ...more
Sep 06, 2015 Lj rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would rate this book as a 3.7 It is historical fiction which seemed to stay pretty close to known fact in that it did not suddenly create a warrior queen or have women doing something modern. Made me much more interested in some of the real lives of women mentioned and featured in the novel -- i.e. Lady MacBeth. The story was interesting and moved along. What more could you ask from a light novel read?
Dec 14, 2010 Alisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't love this one, though I was intrigued by the historical setting and the appearance of many characters familiar to us from Shakespeare's MacBeth. Ultimately, I felt that the characters were flat, Margaret's piety was frankly irritating, and while things happened, a plot wasn't present enough to keep my interest. Meh.
Light quick read.
This felt more like the outline of a story than an actual story. Both the characters and plot were thin which is disappointing because the story itself was interesting just written in a bland, tensionless manner. Despite living in a dangerous period, there was never any sense of that. William the Conqueror was never a real threat, and even though the book mentions that the Scottish people didn't fully accept Margaret as their queen, you'd never be able to tell it from the storyline. Likewise, I ...more
May 06, 2017 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Margaret was a Saxon princess, whose family sought escape from the Norman invasion, and Malcolm of Scotland needed a queen. The scholarly princess, who would have preferred being a nun, marries the king. Lady Macbeth, whose husband was killed by Malcolm, is still up in the Highlands causing trouble. Her fictional bard, Eva, is sent to the court as bard and spy. She grows to love the pious Margaret, who is more interested in prayers and charity than anything else. Armed with her own dowry, she tr ...more
May 24, 2017 Abbey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Much of the reason I am giving this five stars has to do with the marvelous narration by Emily Gray. (I listened to this as an audiobook.). Her speech for the queen was precise and clipped as befitted a woman whom many would find tedious and exacting. Her way of speaking for the other characters was also evocative so that you never need to wonder which character was speaking.

Still, good historical writing, kept the attention that the very end. I will look for other books narrates by Ms. Gray or
May 22, 2017 S rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fictional account of the true story of Margaret who became Queen of the Scots. The book was well-researched and takes the reader through Margaret's life, her joys and troubles. It walks us through a turbulent time in history and helps us to understand what life was back during that time. A great read and just whets the reader's appetite for more books by Ms. King, which I will definitely do.
Robyn Echols
Feb 26, 2017 Robyn Echols rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good History

I enjoyed this historical novel about Queen Margaret of Scotland. It was based on an era in the British Isles history that was full of conflict . The story , although it had its fictional characters, gave a strong feel of the people of its time , and of the political factions of the day . Anyone who enjoys early British Isles history would probably enjoy this. Well written.
Karen Soanes
An interesting piece of historical fiction about King Malcom III and Queen Margaret of Scotland. Interesting because of how the story bumps up against the background of MacBeth. As an (overly) pious person - there is much hand ringing about her soul and way too much about her fasting habits. As not such a pious person it gets tedious after a while.
I actually liked the history at the end better than the story. Wish I'd read that first - might have changed what I was thinking. I do appreciate a story that revolves around women, and how they're treated and how they deal with the world around them.
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Susan King is the bestselling, award-winning author of over 20 historical novels and novellas, each one praised for historical accuracy, storytelling quality and lyricism. Her first novel, The Black Thorne’s Rose, was published in 1994, followed by many historical romances written as Susan King and as Sarah Gabriel. As Susan Fraser King, she is the author of Lady Macbeth: A Novel, and Queen Hereaf ...more
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