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Enter Three Witches by Caroline B. Cooney
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Aug 12, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: middle-school, historical-fiction, shakespeare

Enter Three Witches by Caroline B. Cooney is a retelling of MacBeth primarily from the point of view of fourteen-year-old Lady Mary who has been sent as a ward to be taught how to run a household by Lady MacBeth. It follows Shakespeare’s play very closely, but fills in the background as well as gives an idea of what life in Medieval times might have been like. I thought the characters were well developed and saw Lady Mary grow from a rather vapid girl to a mature young woman. The secondary characters were also fleshed out and become real persons. In this rendition of the story, Cooney was able to show the motivations behind the characters’ actions and how the ambitions of Lord and Lady MacBeth led to their disintegration and downfall. I generally like Cooney's fiction and this did not disappoint. It's a fairly fast read with lots of action.

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