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Lady Macbeth's Daughter

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  1,393 ratings  ·  189 reviews
The daughter Macbeth might have had, if Shakespeare had thought to create her
Albia has grown up with no knowledge of her mother or her father, the powerful Macbeth. Instead she knows the dark lure of the Wychelm Wood and the moors, where she's been raised by three strange sisters. It's only when the ambitious Macbeth seeks out the sisters to foretell his fate that Albia's
Hardcover, 291 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Apr 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
May 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, arc
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
Feb 12, 2010 rated it liked it
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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
Mar 06, 2010 rated it liked it
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
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
Feb 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teens
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May 07, 2009 rated it it was ok
I need this book so badly. I love this author and I can't wait!

"Look like the innocent flower,
But be the serpent under it.- Lady Macbeth, Scene V

3.5 out of 5 stars

Setting:Scotland; 1032-1048

Coverly Love?:No; it's just a girl, and while she is no doubt lovely, it comes off as a quite plain cover.

Plot:In this imaginative retelling of Shakespeare's play Macbeth, Macbeth and his wife have a secret daughter. But since she is not the son he so desires, he disowns her and leaves her to die on the mountainside. And die she might have, if not for the compassion
Jan 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Sara Grochowski
Aug 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, arc
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
Tara Chevrestt
Aug 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-public
This is the second of Klein's novels that re-imagine Shakespearean characters and marks her as a clear forerunner in this particular YA genre. Many authors have attempted to expand upon the bard's work to varying success; this is a powerful entry into the field.

Klein draws upon what we know of from the Scottish Play and fleshes out the characters who perhaps need it most. Despite his ability to write powerful and captivating women, some of Will's best plays are sadly devoid of such characters. K
This is a delightful book that takes an unusual look at Shakespeare's famous tragedy.

While the viewpoint does switch, the story is mostly told from the viewpoint of Albia, the daughter of MacBeth and his wife, who was abandoned at birth and raised by three weird sisters.

It's marketed as a young adult romance, but don't let that stop you for several reasons.

It's a damn good story. Well told and absorbing.

The romance isn't overplayed. It's young love (Albia and Fleance), but not in that nauseating
Krista Stevens
Feb 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable interpretation of Lady Macbeth's allusion to having already given birth to children - in this case, a daughter with Macbeth, who, because of her lame foot, is to be discarded on a hillside (Oedipus!), but instead is rescued for Lady Macbeth's servant (also one of the "witches"). So clever on a number of levels. Would be best read after having read Shakespeare's play. Told through shifting, point-of-view chapters including Lady Macbeth (she has a name - Grelach), Albia (the daughte ...more
Anne Osterlund
Nov 03, 2011 rated it liked it
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
May 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: the-latest
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 Fuller
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.
Dec 09, 2009 rated it liked it
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.
This was definitely a different take on Lady MacBeth and three sisters than other sequels/adaptations/back-story novels I have read. Worth a read if Shakespearean adaptations are of interest.
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
So this book was really cool. I don’t know why I think it’s so cool but it was. It was really cool. I’m a huge Shakespeare fan and Macbeth is my favorite of his work. I had very high hopes for this novel. I had it on my TBR for around two years and I’ve finally gotten around to reading it.
I was impressed. Macbeth as a whole is a large play to write a retelling, and yet, Klein did a wonderful job keeping the original feel of the play while putting her own twist on the story. The story kept me en
Carro Herdegen
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: kiss-the-book
Language - PG (18 swears, 0 "f"), Sexual Content - PG-13; Violence - PG
Albia was born with a deformed leg and therefore was ordered to be killed. Rhuven took pity on her, though and took Albia to her two sisters. There Albia grew up as Gellis' daughter until she is taken to Dunbeag to get a foster family at age 15. Will she finally learn of her true family?
This story was an interesting one with death, love, deceit, and longing all wound up into one captivating tale. I liked the growing relations
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dearest Fleance, and Albia.

For when he tried to brag, I just quickly turn my head the other way and said 'I think he let you win'. He began to shake vigorously for the anger doesn't sooth. Well, not instantly, that's for sure. I tend to disdain him because I'm too scare that he'll learn the truth -that I loves him- but I'm not so sure myself.

I will learn to fight like a man. So, that I will not need one to defend me.

THIS. I love this sentence.
Amanda Mantonya
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a beautiful and artistic story. I applaud the introduction of a fictional character to give new perspective and motive to the famous tale of Macbeth. It was made even greater having just read/watched a version of the Shakespearean play before reading this book.
Apr 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Too much Game of Thrones. Although the author knows her Shakespeare and her Holinshed, I thought the writing was a bit off.
Jan 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
I really enjoyed the first half of this book. But all of a sudden it just got really bad. The ships were the WORST!
Kimberley Salvatore
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
captured my attention quickly and held it so that I couldn't do anything else
Tasha Vance
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is awesome! The premise is plausible. The characters are relatable. I loved it.
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
Sean McGuire
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Shakespeare, people looking for a good epic
Such a great book! Once again Klein does for Macbeth what she did in Ophelia for Shakespeare's Hamlet.

As an avid fan of Macbeth, I've often mused on what made Lady Macbeth so ambitious and crafty, leading to her husband's murderous deeds and eventual insanity. And why does Shakespeare go out of his way to have Lady Macbeth mention to her husband, "[...] I have given suck, and know / How tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me." (1.7.54-55) yet explicitly avoids giving the couple children whil
Feb 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: quarter-3
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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