It was so interesting to read Lady Macbeth, Susan Fraser King’s first novel, after having read her next book. As I mentioned in my review of Queen Hereafter, King’s second novel, I was impressed by how well she wove a lot of backstory and historical detail into the narrative without bogging down or data dumping. Now I’m really intrigued about what she did between these two books, because she learned a lot.
Lady Macbeth is a great story, especially if you’re interested in Britain as I am, but there is a lot of data dumping, heavy-handed foreshadowing, and confusion between English and Gaelic spellings (for example, referring to someone as “Mac Dubh” on one page and “MacDuff” on another). I say that with full understanding of how difficult it is to craft a reasonable story, and also with even greater admiration for how far the author came in her writing between Lady MacBeth and Queen Hereafter.
I think if you have an interest in the time period or setting, you’d likely enjoy this book in spite of the data dumping. And if you don’t think you can handle the data, try her more recent book Queen Hereafter instead.
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