Love, Witchcraft, Sorcery, Madness.
A fortune told …
When Sarah Stone foresees Will Shakespeare’s latest play has opened doors to evil, she begs the playwright to abandon it. But Will refuses, aware the play is one of his best. And so rehearsals for Macbeth begin.
Forbidden desires …
After her vision, Sarah fears for her life – she has never known the shewstone to lie, and she turns to her brother Tom for comfort. A strange darkness seems to haunt the playhouse, and when Tom sets out to seduce John Upton, the boy actor who plays Lady Macbeth, the boy sees the hand of witchcraft in his own forbidden desires for men. Then Sarah weaves a spell to win the love of the new lead actor, and John, terrified for the safety of his soul, begins to make his accusations.
The Spirits have spoken …
As rehearsals continue, Sarah and Tom must struggle to convince John he is mistaken and that his sins are his own – their lives and the fortune of the play are at stake. But the Spirits have spoken – will the fate that Sarah foresaw come to pass or is their destiny their own to decide?
Set against the first production of Macbeth in 1606, Shakespeare’s Witch is a seductive tale of the origins of the curse of the Scottish Play.
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Shakespeare’s Witch is an un-put-down-able novel set in Elizabethan London centering on the actors in Will Shakespeare’s newest tragedy, Macbeth. Will has asked Sarah, half-sister of their costumer, Tom, to scry for him, as writing the play gives him nightmares and the future of it is uncertain. What Sarah also sees that night about herself and her brother is what she fights throughout the novel to keep from happening—death, horror, and dishonor. The rise and fall of the characters makes for a fascinating read into the superstitious, witch-hunting minds of the populace. Well researched and impeccably written, the immersion into this world and the story is well worth the bit of squeamishness caused by Sarah and Tom’s relationship. Dark, complicated and intense. I loved it!
Many moons ago, I got a degree in English from The Ohio State University. As you can imagine, I studied Shakespeare...a lot. So when this book hit my inbox, I snatched it up. Anything to read retellings, reimaginings, or historical fiction dealing with my favorite literary giant. Honestly, when you've studied Shakespeare, it's hard to compare him to other writers simply because of his genius. I don't believe we will ever be finished analyzing his work. My reason for mentioning this is simple, my brain went a little overboard reading this book. This is not going to be a normal review for me. I mean, I can still mention the standard parts of a review that everyone looks for. Was the plot good? Yes. Was the pace good? Yes. Was I entertained? Yes. Anyone who like historical fiction, romance or fantasy will like this book. But what I really want to do is talk about the themes. I was overwhelmed just trying to contemplate the thematic representations made throughout the novel. Years and lives have been devoted to parsing out Shakespeare, looking for the symbolism and meaning in every syllable. Quite honestly, that's what I want to do to this book. Samantha Grosser expertly explores a plethora of oft-studied Shakespeare topics: incest, duty, power, witchcraft, love, God, etc. The story of the novel itself evokes the bard with echoes of his dialogue and plot motifs. My favorite part of this book is how much you will learn. If you've never read any Shakespeare, fear not. You can read this novel just for fun and get some info along the way. If you're a freak like me, jump right on into this story for some refreshers. I'm super inspired right now to go grab my Complete Works of Shakespeare Anthology and just go. Or I could watch the Leonardo DiCaprio version of Romeo and Juliet. :)