Banquo's Son

Banquo's Son

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'Do you think that fate controls our lives or that we have the freedom to choose our own path?' For Fleance, the only son of Banquo, Thane of Lochaber, the time has come to make a choice. Since his father's brutal murder ten years ago, he has hidden in the woods of Northern England, keeping his identity a secret from all. Now Fleance must unmask his enemies and discover why he is plagued by his father's ghost. But everything in life has a price. Fleance must sacrifice his love for Rosie and journey back to his homeland if he is to find the answers and fulfil his father's dying wish. The choices he makes will change his life forever while the secrets from his past threaten to bring down the throne of Scotland. An epic tale of love, loss and revenge set amidst the turmoil of Scotland after Macbeth.
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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 25mm | 419g
  • Penguin Group (NZ)
  • Penguin Books (NZ)
  • Auckland, New Zealand
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  • 0143202499
  • 9780143202493

About Tania Roxborogh

T. K. Roxborogh currently lives in Dunedin, New Zealand, and has been a teacher since 1989. She is the author of over twenty-five published works across a range of genres: novels, plays for the classroom, Shakespearean texts, English grammar books and adult non-fiction. She teaches English at a secondary school, writes and reads at every opportunity and, with her husband, runs around after her family - both the two- and four-legged kind. Roxborogh loves watching movies and TV shows, and staying in her pyjamas for as long as possible.
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290 ratings
3.91 out of 5 stars
5 30% (88)
4 42% (123)
3 19% (54)
2 5% (15)
1 3% (10)

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Banquo’s Son is really, really, good. Really. As an addicted Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy reader, Banquo’s Son made such a nice change to my reading habits, taking me back to my more traditional fantasy roots; even if it was a little strange to find myself reading something that had no supernatural elements (unless you count Macbeths witches). It is a ‘big’ read; no skimming; no simply relaxing into it. It’s absorbing and although the content is light reading, the prose is deep and descriptive, taking you to the world of Scottish kings and young love thwarted... where friend become enemies and enemies become friends... and life doesn’t always give you a happy ending, but duty and honour win out. Banquo’s Son is an intense and passionate historical fantasy based around the history after Macbeth’s murder. Yet, you do not need any understanding of either Macbeth or Scotland to truly appreciate this incredibly well told tale; which is quite helpful, as my knowledge of both is embarrassingly limited. Our protagonist, Fleance, is a hero, a man of honour and wit, skilled with weapons and has an open and trusting soul. This is a little contradictory, for he’s supposed to be on the run for his life, hiding secrets about who he is, but in all other ways he is very trusting and quick to befriend those he meets on his journey. Of course, this is the story-tellers right, and makes for a nice introduction to new characters. Some of the elements were a little predictable, but there were some quite remarkable twists as well, and I think the comfortable predictability made the twists that much more surprising. I found some aspects more starling than others, with some unexpected emotional occurrences, not normally found in a fantasy story. The characters are developed well, with strong identities, and solid roles to play. There are not a lot of ‘wasted’ characters, included merely to pad out the story. TK Roxborogh could have made this an incredibly in-depth plod of a story, very easily. But we are graced with a writer than can give an insight into relationships and situations without taking half the book to do so. So although it is a very descriptive and in-depth story, it has a wonderful flowing pace that doesn’t stop to meander through unnecessary dialogue or frivolous plot devices. Unlike many of the books reviewed on Fang, Banquo’s Son doesn’t push you through the story on an emotional rollercoaster, it’s gets you turning pages through the unusual device of having a good ‘old fashioned’ solid plot to make you want to keep reading. And well worth reading it more
by Alison Sammes
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