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'Do not feel guilty that you do not love me like her. Our union will be another story, Fleance. I will be a good wife and an excellent queen.' Fleance is the new king of Scotland, but he is the ruler of a divided nation. According to his advisors he must marry a woman from a royal bloodline to strengthen his position. It seems that Rachel, sister of Fleance's dead friend King Duncan will be the next Queen of Scotland, although Fleance cannot forget Rosie, his first love. But when Rachel is abducted, Fleance's position becomes even more dangerous and a bloody civil war seems inevitable. Love and duty collide in this gripping tale of valour and betrayal. The epic story that began with Banquo's Son continues.
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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 152 x 230 x 23mm | 395g
  • Penguin Books (NZ)
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • 0143205056
  • 9780143205050

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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189 ratings
3.87 out of 5 stars
5 27% (51)
4 44% (83)
3 21% (40)
2 6% (11)
1 2% (4)

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Bloodlines has wonderful imagery, all written in a modern style, and you don’t notice yourself being completely transported to medieval Scotland. TK Roxborogh weaves historical elements into this magnificent work of fiction, which not only bring historical figures to life, but in using this setting as the backdrop of the story the fictional characters are given an added dimension, making them seem more ‘real’. The second story picks up and caries on from Banquos Son, but could quite happily be read as a standalone novel, as it is a ‘new’ phase in Fleance’s life. Although Tania proclaims that this was an incredibly difficult work to write, there is no pain in the reading, the story is well constructed, and flows from start to end. Fleance seems to have more emotional depth, and although still prone to almost childish tantrums (as befits a youth in his position), he also shows remarkable empathy, as well as remarkable strength and understanding of the importance of his role to Scotland. If you’ve read Banquos Son you will no doubt remember the incredible skill in which you are lead down the garden path of plot deception. “Bloodlines” carries on this tradition. There is nothing formulaic about the way the story unfolds, in fact the author seems to take great delight in flying against traditional ‘norms’ in storytelling, yet still manages to make it all come together perfectly. Unexpected characters die, trustworthy characters betray, enemies give their lives... but do they? Is what we believe to be a betrayal, really a betrayal? Oh, so many wonderful, subtle twists that you just cannot try and guess the plot. From angelic Rachel, to stoic Preston, no character is left undeveloped. In fact, great care is taken to build a connection between the characters and the reader, yet, again, this is often done with such subtly that I was completely how attached I was to a character until I faced the threat of them being taken away. I really adored this book, but it is one that you must relax into to really enjoy, as soon as you stop trying to second guess the plot the story just starts to flow, the images form in your mind, and you hear the characters talking in your head. Bloodlines has such wonderful characters and settings, and is such a vividly alive story that holds a little something for everyone to more
by Alison Sammes
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