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Lady Macbeth: Daughter of Ravens

(Celtic Blood #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  2,049 ratings  ·  226 reviews

Something wicked this way comes . . .

Gruoch is born to rule, but long before she becomes Macbeth’s queen, ancient forces claim her soul.

Marked from birth by the old gods, Gruoch is initiated into the ancient religion of her ancestors and begins learning the mysteries of the Goddess Cerridwen. But
ebook, 266 pages
Published December 3rd 2014 by Clockpunk Press
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Bambi Unbridled
[The End]
Bambi: Nooooooooooo! It can't be over!
[Frantically checking Audible to see if the next book is out]
No! Gah! ::flails::

It's been a while since I had that reaction to the end of a book, but I was utterly captivated by Highland Raven. It was just so... so... magical, for lack of a better word. And I can't say enough good things about the narrator, Lesley Parkin. She really did a fabulous job with the accents and tenor of the story - she brought all the characters and the setting to life
Bego Salem
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OK, I have to confess, I got this book because of the cover. Highlands, stone circle.... my Outlander loving heart just started beating faster. Then, when I started reading, I couldn't stop. Celtic mythology, the old ways, Scotland and magic...I was lost in time and could have stayed hidden in the coven forever. The story was over way too soon and now I just can't wait to follow this raven on her journey onward. Thank you Melanie for lifting the veil and showing me the ways of the Goddess
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Ah. I really wanted to like this one. The premise was so intriguing and drew me in. A Macbeth retelling in Lady Macbeth’s voice, with a lot of historical fantasy elements thrown in, and reframing the tale in the religious struggles of the dark ages between traditional pagan worship and the spread of the White Christ. Unfortunately, I didn’t like it so much.

I should mention the book’s abrupt ending. I know – it’s only the first book in a four-part series. But nonetheless, I think it is bad form t
Christine Spoors
I recently bought a kindle paperwhite so thought this would be the perfect time to read some of the Scottish inspired books I've got on my TBR. Highland Raven is set in Scotland in 1026 and follows Gruoch, who goes on to become the wife of Macbeth. I will admit that I've never actually read or seen Macbeth so I don't know the story.

This book seems to be an introduction to Gruoch and set before she even meets Macbeth. I enjoyed this book but I will admit that the pacing was a little odd. The plot
Leni - The White Book Cottage
4,5 Stars
Wow what a story!
First of all look at that cover <3
The end left a lot of questions, but the rest of the story was beautiful and magical.
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I've burned through all the worthwhile Highland novels, and while futilely searching for more, this showed up as a suggestion in my Amazon feed. Marketed as a book about the old gods of the Isles and appealing to fans of Outlander and Mists of Avalon (both of which I really enjoyed), I was totally lost.

The first book completely drew me in. The ways of the old gods are always fascinating for me to read about. I like contemplating other ways of living, other religions and practices, and o
Jesikah Sundin
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, romance, dark
LOVED the characters in this book and the Celtic feel of the storytelling and world. Highly recommended.
Bridget Vollmer
3 1/2 starts...pacing was a bit odd but overall a different yet enjoyable read.
Jul 15, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Melissa Hayden
Sep 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, fantasy
This is one of those stories I was drawn into and really enjoyed, yet it's difficult to write about. I don't want to give away anything as I want you to have all the feels as you experience the story as well.

This story is Gruoch's. Who is Gruoch? She's who we know as MacBeth. This story tells of what she's experienced as she has grown up. On the day she was born her father called to the goddess. That goddess has answered and will call on Gruoch when she's older. Gruoch lives a good, but at times
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not terrible, but not very interesting. Writing style was meh at best, could have benefited from a much more brutal editor. No real depth from main character, things kept happening without examination, early hints of good sex scenes didn't deliver. World building was lacking, magic use within that world had some head-scratching moments. Odd anachronisms throughout, and some questionable retellings of known myths and stories that made it sound like research involved a quick Wikipedia check. Read ...more
I'm glad that this was a Kindle Unlimited book so I didn't spend any extra money on it. But I do regret the HOURS I spent listening to this.

I doubt that I will continue with this series. It's a mish-mash of a bunch of different genre and story elements. It's all over the board between Scottish Historical Fiction, Dark Arts (witchcraft, etc), Mythology, Past Lives, Faeries with MacBeth references thrown in for good measure.

Meh -- too scattered for me.
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not the “”Outlander” I was looking for but an interesting take on a well known character giving her a back story that was entertaining and plausible with foreshadowing to her future actions
Dec 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
With such a title, Lady Macbeth Daughter of Ravens, it is impossible not to think immediately to Shakespeare's Macbeth, the work that is considered as his most tragic one (and the blurb of our book will dispel any doubt). Thinking to the Shakespearean Macbeth will not be wrong, since the characters of the classic story play also in Karsak’s where once again everything is or will be influenced by political decisions of others. However, until now, I do not believe I can say that it is a retelling. ...more
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
4.5 Stars

Melanie Karsak does it again! Highland Raven is a delightful mix of historical and fantasy that pulls inspiration from Shakespeare's Macbeth. The story centers on Lady Macbeth, before she ever took that name and is instead Gruoch MacAlpin the daughter of a royal bloodline and at the heart of magic from the Celtic gods.

Karsak has made her way onto my favorites list with her The Harvesting series, and are among my favorite audiobooks because of her care at picking amazing narrators who b
Kevin Potter
One part MacBeth prequel, one part Mists of Avalon, one part Romeo & Juliet. Shaken, not stirred.

Lesley Parkin did an excellent job on the audio narration. Her accent was the perfect mix of authenticity and listenability. Although it seemed just a bit thick at the start, I quickly got used to it and found it fit the material brilliantly. Her voices are all excellent and authentic. Her vocal inflections are similarly excellent, and her control of tempo is very good.

The first thing that struck me
Nicole M. Hewitt
3.5/5 Stars

I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I knew that it was about Lady Macbeth, but that was about all I knew. That was enough to intrigue me.

The story starts with Gruoch's birth. Her father is the Scottish king, and her mother dies in childbirth. She is raised by her aunt, her father's sister (who calls her Corbie). The early part of the book focuses on her life with her beloved aunt and her aunt's abusive husband. I found myself drawn into the story right away and wondering what
Disclaimer: I received an ecopy of this book for the tour to read and review. No other compensation was offered nor would it have been accepted. The following is my honest review.

I have been a reader of Shakespeare since I was in middle school. My brother and I even bought one another a complete collected works book one year for Christmas which we laughed about.

But then I hit high school and I had this literature teacher who was amazing. And we read many of Shakespeare's works, including MACBET
No rating as I didn't reach the 50% mark. DNF at 23%. Stories that feature witches are not my thing, and the narrative style (first person, singular) made my mind up for me.
Courtney Vickers
Jul 25, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, fantasy, no
Sadly I didn’t finish this book. It sounded interesting, I was really interested when I began reading it but that was where my interest stopped. I just didn’t connect with this book at all, it felt bland. I skimmed ahead to see if it got better but I also had up with that.
Stacy Spoonster
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lady Macbeth

This is a wonderful blend of history and fantasy. The writing is as always superb. I would highly recommend this book, and all of Melanie Karsak's books to anyone!!
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I need more now! If you love historical novels and fantasy novels, then this is the perfect book for you! I was unable to put this book down and am totally craving for more.
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Historically, very little is known of the early life of Gruoch, later known as Lady Macbeth. Immortalised by Shaekespeare as a conniving, power -hungry shrew, audiences have been fascinated by her for centuries.

Karsak weaves a kinder tale of the young Gruoch in this excellent work of historical fantasy. History, magic and fantasy combine to tell a story of a young woman searching to discover her destiny and calling in life, while still learning who she is and the power she holds ove
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't often read historical fiction, and I don't know exactly what I was expecting from this book. But it was a pleasant surprise! The world-building is a bit complex, probably partially since I'm American and not super familiar with that part of history, but it's still an enjoyable read. It was certainly a world I got lost in! The characters are beautifully written, although I did have a bit of a hard time following along with the old names when several characters were introduced at the same ...more
Nerd Girl Vixen
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book! The story is rich with magic, adventure, and folklore. I was hooked right from the beginning. I liked the Grouch right away, which is rare because most of the time it takes awhile for me to warm up to them. All of the characters were great! I enjoyed a lot of the secondary characters as well and loved how they all made the story come together. Loved the magic and the folklore the author weaved into the story. This book is definitely bin ...more
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was awesome! I loved how Melanie took history and wound it into this amazing story! Corbie was awesome through the story! I couldn’t put the book down! It was like I was along for the ride with her. She went through so much, my heart went out to her when she had to leave her aunt but excited at her new adventure, the sisters I was a little iffy about at first not sure how they were all going to fit. I loved when she started to get visions omg! Definitely has a cliff hanger so I’m ready ...more
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
✔Lady Macbeth

This book had it all. It DOES end on bit of a cliffhanger which I typically get ticked off about, however all of the books are out now and I don't have to wait. So, cliffhanger be damned - I will be starting book #2 very shortly.

This book has all of the elements of a book series that I can really just dive in to. Plus the writing style is excellent so that is an added bonus!
This book turned into a bit more of a ‘chest heaving lust fest’ romance than I generally enjoy, but it was also interesting. The historical tie-in to Lady and Lord Macbeth made it even more intriguing! Druids, Priestesses, magic, herbs, pagan rituals and more keep you interested.

I enjoy fantasy and love Scotland, so the setting and storyline were great. And, yes, I will continue on to the next book in the series!
Sep 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am torn of how I feel about Highland Raven. There are some of it that made me bored and lose my attention. Other times, I was intrigued and wanted to read on. The end has a cliffhanger, so I think I will be giving the second book in The Celtic Blood series a try.
3 stars.
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This really surprised me. I loved all the Celtic mythology woven into a historical fantasy. Where it lacks in World building it makes up for in magic!
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Melanie Karsak is the author of The Airship Racing Chronicles, The Harvesting Series, The Celtic Blood Series, Steampunk Red Riding Hood, and Steampunk Fairy Tales. A steampunk connoisseur, zombie whisperer, and heir to the iron throne, the author currently lives in Florida with her husband and two children. She is an Assistant Professor of English a ...more

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