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Heir to a Prophecy

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Shakespeare's Witches tell Banquo, Thou Shalt Get Kings Though Thou Be None. Though Banquo is murdered, his son Fleance gets away. What happened to Fleance? As Shakespeare's audience apparently knew, Banquo was the ancestor of the royal Stewart line. But the road to kingship had a most inauspicious beginning, and we follow Fleance into exile and death, bestowing the ...more
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Published December 12th 2014 by Top Hat Books
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Nimue Brown
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Mercedes Rochelle picks up on one of the conundrums in Macbeth. For the modern reader/ audience, it’s a bit of an oddity that Macbeth is told he will be King, while his friend Banquo is told he will have heirs who are kings. It means nothing to us.

Starting from this prophecy, the author takes us into the history, known and mythologized, of the Stuart line. The line of Kings that led to James the 1st, the intended audience for the play. Many of the characters from Macbeth are visible in this
Dec 03, 2014 rated it liked it
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Mercedes Rochelle's Heir to a Prophecy was an interesting choice for me. The fact that it is historic fiction and relates to the royal Stewarts were major selling points, but I personally feel Shakespeare overrated and wasn't at all convinced the book would work. The realist in me screamed proceed with caution, but I hoped for the best am happy to report the risk proved worthwhile.

Historically speaking, the novel touches a
Marsha Lambert
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Heir to a Prophecy, by Mercedes Rochelle is an absorbing tale dealing with the prophecy told by Shakespeare's witches to Banquo, the ancestor of the royal Stewart line. "Thou Shalt"Get Kings Though Thou Be None"

The prophecy and the witches steer the fate of the books main character, Walter, son of Fleance, who is the son of Banquo. Rochelle takes the reader along for the ride of Walter's remarkable life and the people and events that happen to him. Walter is very well written and we understand
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Those familiar with Shakespeare’s Macbeth will recognize from this story the characters of Banquo, Fleance and the Three Weird Sisters. While they set the stage, the protagonist throughout most of the narrative is Walter Stewart—beginning with his early life as a Welsh outcast, to his glory days as the King of Scots’ confidante. Malcom III’s defeat over Macbeth, William the Conqueror’s Battle of Hastings and the subsequent uprisings in Northern England are among the action filled pages.

Nov 06, 2014 rated it liked it
A well crafted story on the makings of the royal Stewart line. Rochelle masterfully combines history, fiction and myth creating a fascinating and riveting read. No worries if you haven't read Macbeth, you'll understand fully where Shakespeare's Macbeth ends and this story begins.

Banquo is murdered, his son escapes, however the story continues with focus on Banquo's grandson Walter. The prophecy is through Walter with just the right of amount of supernatural element via the weird sisters to add
K.T. Munson
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**Actual Rating 3.5**

This book mostly follows Walter, but it doesn't start there. It starts with Fleance. Walter is an interesting character to follow. However, there are lots and lots of characters that you'll meet. This story isn't told from their point of view but rather in a narrative voice...most of the time. Sometimes the story-line dips into third person, making the POVs fluid. This actually gibes the novel a visceral feel.


This story is not so much about characters. It is a
Dennis Burkholder
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Dennis by: the Author - Mercedes Rochelle
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At first I was not sure what to expect, but the further I got into the story, the more I enjoyed this tale from Wales, to England to Scotland, to Normandy, back to England, and finally back to Scotland.
The time period around the last days of the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of England, to the days of the Norman Conquest and the formation of the Kingdom of Scotland was never one that I had studied or read much about. But from reading Mercedes’ book, I not
Mercedes Rochelle
Nov 28, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
You don't have to be a lover of Shakespeare to follow this story, but my impetus came from Macbeth and the Witches, who predicted that Banquo would be the father of Kings. Poor Banquo was soon murdered in an effort to defeat this prophecy, but his son Fleance fled the scene... and the country as well.

His escape led him to north Wales and the court of Gruffydd ap Llewelyn, who took him in as a noble exile and gave him a place with his family. Alas, Fleance fell in love with princess Nesta, and
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
What do you get when you take a book that includes Scottish history, makes me think of Shakepeare's 'Scottish play' *ahem* and has thoroughly engaging story? You get one very happy reader on the Back Porch (me), that's what!

While MacBeth was an historical person, Shakespeare's play took liberties with the history on which it was based, including apparently, the existence of Fleance, son of Banquo. Even the Stuart kings of Scotland claimed to be descended from Fleance, which would give them a
H.M. Gooden
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although not my usual genre, this book was tempting for the time period involved. Although I was familiar with Macbeth, I had never considered the details surrounding the play.
At times difficult to read for the sometimes difficult subject matter, but always realistic and captivating; this book is well worth a read for a lover of historical fiction, as well as anyone who was ever required to read Macbeth.
Finally, a novel about the play that makes you care about the people we’ve met so long ago.
Jennifer (JC-S)
Feb 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
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‘It all began with the witches’ prophecy.’

In Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’, after prophesying that Macbeth ‘shalt be King hereafter’, the three witches end their prophecy with these words for Banquo:

‘Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none.’

In the play, Banquo is murdered shortly afterwards, and Fleance flees from Scotland and out of the play. But have you ever wondered what happened to Fleance afterwards? In Ms Rochelle’s novel, we follow Fleance as he escapes into Wales and joins the court of the
Kit Perriman
Mar 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Any one fascinated by Shakespeare's Macbeth will love the question behind Mercedes Rochelle's debut book: How do the sons of Banquo come to rule Scotland? The three weird sisters tell Macbeth's companion that "Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none" - a promise that sets in motion the deadly events of the famous play.

Heir To A Prophecy (Hampshire: Top Hat Books, 2014) follows a fragmented trail through Scottish history - tracing the line from Banquo's son Fleance to King James Ist of England
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have not read MacBeth but that did not cause any problems with my enjoyment of Heir to a Prophecy. I had in fact, minimal knowledge about the story; I knew the main characters and the basics of the story but that was it. What I’m trying to impart is to not let a lack of knowing that story stop you from reading this one. If you do you will miss out on a really good book.

What you are getting in this story is a little bit of fantasy, a lot of war (blood and guts and all but it was a brutal time.)
Michelle Stockard Miller (True Book Addict)
Some of my favorite historical novels are retellings of famous literary works, or stories surrounding supporting characters from those works. So Heir to a Prophecy was a book that intrigued me from my first reading of the synopsis. Centering around the (short) life of Banquo, his son, Fleance, and the three witches, and mainly their prophecy concerning Banquo and his descendants, from Shakespeare's MacBeth, the book is an exciting incite into what Shakespeare intended...that Banquo was the ...more
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a historical fiction novel that follows the Shakespearean character Banquo and his child Fleance and then his child Walter. The book mainly is focused on Walter's life which is set around 1050ish, and features the Norman invasion of England and the various fighting between the English and the Scottish. It really provides a nice snapshot of this time period - of the role of women (mainly to stay at home and have children), of the warfare that predominated the time period, etc. Walter ...more
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: early English and Scottish History who enjoy detailed character and plot development
Recommended to Georgia by: Goodreads Giveaways - Mercedes Rochelle
I received the book: Heir To A Prophecy by author: Mercedes Rochelle published by Top Hat Books for free through Goodreads Giveaways.
I enjoyed this action packed work of historical fiction of 11th century France, England & Scotland. The tale follows Walter (Stuart), of lineage to the Royal Stewarts, through his service and perils with the early kings of England and Scotland.
Very descriptive action plots. Outstanding human character development.
A highly recommended read!
Nov 30, 2015 marked it as to-read
Is there a list on this site for books that build off the Bard?
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting book and well-wrote also despite winning this here and was amazed and can't wait to recommend this to friends!
Sep 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommended to Jill by: Giveaway
I found this book to be an ok read.
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Historical fiction at its best!
I was fascinated by this tale from the first page. The writing is so well done, I was captivated by this tale of kingship, romance and family ties. This book in a DO NOT MISS! Highly recommend!
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Born and raised in St. Louis MO, Mercedes Rochelle graduated with a degree in English literature from University of Missouri. Mercedes learned about living history as a re-enactor and has been enamored with historical fiction ever since. A move to New York to do research and two careers ensued, but writing fiction remains her primary vocation. She lives in Sergeantsville, NJ with her husband in a ...more