Queen Hereafter by Susan Fraser King {Giveaway}

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

I haven't yet read this book, unfortunately, but I am intrigued by Susan Fraser King's new historical fiction novel, Queen Hereafter, released today. Here is the synopsis from Goodreads:

Refugee. Queen. Saint. In eleventh-century Scotland, a young woman strives to fulfill her destiny despite the risks . . .
Shipwrecked on the Scottish coast, a young Saxon princess and her family—including the outlawed Edgar of England—ask sanctuary of the warrior-king Malcolm Canmore, who shrewdly sees the political advantage. He promises to aid Edgar and the Saxon cause in return for the hand of Edgar’s sister, Margaret, in marriage.

A foreign queen in a strange land, Margaret adapts to life among the barbarian Scots, bears princes, and shapes the fierce warrior Malcolm into a sophisticated ruler. Yet even as the king and queen build a passionate and tempestuous partnership, the Scots distrust her. When her husband brings Eva, a Celtic bard, to court as a hostage for the good behavior of the formidable Lady Macbeth, Margaret expects trouble. Instead, an unlikely friendship grows between the queen and her bard, though one has a wild Celtic nature and the other follows the demanding path of obligation. 
Torn between old and new loyalties, Eva is bound by a vow to betray the king and his Saxon queen. Soon imprisoned and charged with witchcraft and treason, Eva learns that Queen Margaret—counseled by the furious king and his powerful priests—will decide her fate and that of her kinswoman Lady Macbeth. But can the proud queen forgive such deep treachery?

Impeccably researched, a dramatic page-turner, Queen Hereafter is an unforgettable story of shifting alliances and the tension between fear and trust as a young woman finds her way in a dangerous world.

Here also is the book trailer:

The publishers have generously offered two books to giveaway to two lucky United States readers {sorry international friends!}. If you are interested in winning a copy, leave a comment with your name and email, blog, Twitter handle or some other way to contact you. I will randomly select two winners and announce the winner on Sunday. You can enter the contest through Saturday, December 10th, 11:59 pm MST. No follows, tweeting, etc. required -- although if you'd like to, it is always appreciated. :) Good luck! I know I for one am excited to give this book a read!


  1. Sounds like a good one! Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. I'm definitely interested in reading this book! It sounds so good! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I get picked! :) You already have my info, but here it is again:
    Kaydrielle Pickett
    or just facebook me! :)

  3. I am currently teaching Shakespeare's Macbeth - "The Scottish Play" - and I have introduced my students to King's Lady Macbeth, which I found to be a fascinating read. I look forward to reading her new book in the future. Thank you for bringing her latest work to my attention.

  4. Susan King's earlier book, Lady Macbeth, was a fascinating read. I look forward to reading her new work on Margaret of Scotland.


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