Queen Hereafter by Susan Fraser King

Queen Hereafter

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 for...

Details Queen Hereafter

TitleQueen Hereafter
Release DateDec 7th, 2010
PublisherBroadway Books
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Cultural, Scotland, Fiction, Medieval, Romance

Reviews Queen Hereafter

  • Sara Giacalone
    This book is well written. Unfortunately, Queen Margaret of Scotland isn't my favorite character, and my feelings for her somewhat tainted my enjoyment of the book. Margaret was later cannonized as a saint, so I suppose she needed to be... saintly and pious, full of good works, deeds and thoughts (and in the Afterword, the author said she tried to tone that down). The story should have been interesting - it is certainly the time period I'm curren...
  • Jenny Q
    2.5 Stars. Eh. The author speaks passionately about Margaret's and Malcolm's relationship in her note, which is enough to get the reader excited and ready for a good story, but that passion doesn't translate into the book. There's technically nothing wrong with it, but I found it slow reading with little excitement and even less romance. All of the characters seemed rather cardboard and none of them were compelling enough to hold my interest. I e...
  • Parvathy
    A light promising historical read that dealt with one of the formidable queens of Scotland. This book was entertaining as well as informative. I admit that before starting this book I knew very little about the period. I knew about the reign of William the Conqueror but most of the books I have read has shown him in a favorable light. Reading about his reign from the point of view of the Scottish people and the Saxons was a different experience. ...
  • Amy Bruno
    What struck me the most when I read Susan Fraser King’s first novel, Lady MacBeth , was the way she was able to suck me in within the first page. Well, I can happily say that the same thing happened with her newest release, Queen Hereafter: A Novel of Margaret of Scotland. Margaret, the daughter of an exiled prince and granddaughter to Edmund Ironside, was raised in the strictly religious Hungarian court. Her father is called back to England, b...
  • Staci
    Why I wanted to read this book: I am very fond of historical fiction and once again I knew absolutely nothing about Queen Margaret of Scotland.What worked for me: * Margaret found herself in a very bad situation. She felt her calling was to be nun and instead she finds herself as a pawn for her brother's desire to win back the throne of England. She was a very complex and unusual woman. I admired her piety, but at times I thought she went too far...
  • Jodi
    I had a hard time reading this book and rating it! I want to give it 2 1/2 stars....not that, that makes much of a difference. I really wanted to love this book. I'm most proud of my Scottish heritage and I know the most about it compared to my other family heritages. My family continues to be sprinkled with names that are found throughout this book even though the book takes place during the Medieval period, around 1060. My disappointment in the...
  • Fergie
    As an Anglophile with a particular interest in British Medieval history, Susan Fraser King's novel, QUEEN HEREAFTER, about eleventh century's Queen Margaret of Scotland was an easy selection when choosing the latest book I wanted to read. Historical fiction is a great way to learn about history or to enhance one's understanding of it. Of course, if true understanding is to occur, the facts on which the story is based must be accurate. From what I...
  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    I won this book in a blog giveaway by Musings of a Book Junkie. I was not required to give a review in exchange.Queen Hereafter is about the saint queen Margaret, who is required to marry King Malcolm although she desires only to become a nun. Her historical figure is intertwined with a fictional character, Eva, who is a female bard who comes to court and hides a secret.I'll admit, this book greatly frustrated me. There are lyrical moments where ...
  • ladywallingford
    It's funny how this novel reminded me so much of a short story I wrote in college of a young woman whose life changes dramatically after the successful Norman invasion of 1066. Margaret's story is probably relevant to most of her people considering how cataclysmic and life-changing the Norman invasion was to English history, just not on such a grand scale as hers. After the Norman takeover, Margaret and her family fled to Scotland where she marri...
  • Girls Gone Reading
    Queen Hereafter tells not only the story of Margaret of Scotland-the queen who became a saint. Instead, Queen Hereafter takes the ideas of loyalty and storytelling head on. The end result is a fascintating historical read about a very influential woman.Margaret is the epitome of loyalty. She spends hours and hours a day in prayer. She fasts even when she is pregnant, and she is very confident and sure in her religious beliefs. King did a wonderfu...
  • Jennifer
    From my book review blog Rundpinne..."Rich in historical detail, prose full of vivid imagery which easily takes the reader deep into the eleventh century, time rapidly passes by as the reader becomes more and more engrossed by the stories of Eva, Margaret, and Gruadh."...The full review may be read here.
  • Lia
    I just can't waste anymore time on this book. I've tried to enjoy it, but there is only so many times I can read about a holier-than-thou princess going to a shabby church in the early morning before I want something else to start happening.
  • Denise Deen
    I love Scottish history and this did not disappoint! Queen Margaret was a fascinating, intelligent and kind woman. No surprise she was made a Saint. Very surprising, that all of her 8 children became kings and queens in some capacity and her bloodline is still in existence through them! Great read!
  • Deborah
    I am enjoying the easy style of writing.......plus learning little bits of Scottish history along the way. This is the first history that I have read of Queen Margaret and King Malcolm......I really enjoyed it. I am certain that the next few days will find me doing some online research about each of them. I am looking forward to reading the author's Lady Macbeth.
  • Giovanni Gelati
    If you are looking for some historical romance, step right up this is your novel. Susan Fraser King gives us all history we can handle with a side order of romance, or is it vice versa, in Queen Hereafter. I am going to do things a little backward in this post, so please forgive me and just indulge me a little if you will. I want to go with the author’s biographical information first and I think that will better help explain the novel and its p...
  • Literary Chanteuse
    3.5 stars
  • Heather
    The story of Margaret of Scotland is told through the eyes of fictional female bard Eva. It can sometimes be a challenge to place a fictional main character into a world in which all other essential characters are historically based but Fraser King seamlessly moves Eva through the Scottish court life without ever hinting that she doesn’t truly belong there. You could really believe the struggles that Eva faced being torn between the court in th...
  • Siobian
    Set in the 11th century, Queen Hereafter: A Novel of Margaret of Scotland follows Margaret as she goes from being an exiled princess to Queen of Scots. Margaret's brother is the outlawed Edgar of England, and he is trying to gain supporters in his fight to wrest the crown from King William the Conqueror. When they are shipwrecked on the shores of Scotland, Malcolm, King of Scots, takes the exiled family under his wing and gives them food, shelter...
  • Christina
    I wavered back and forth over giving this 2 or 3 stars. I decided 3 as some of the characters were interesting, and it is generally well-written. What it fails in is giving us interesting or relatable characters that aren't made up. I'm talking the actual historical figures who are the central part of the book. Especially, the title character, Margaret. She is portrayed as someone who is actively working to attain sainthood. Margaret was indeed a...
  • Ksenia
    There's a lot I liked about this book and would give it 3.5 stars if possible. I liked how Susan King weaved in the culture, history and traditions of 11th-century Scotland. That was nicely done and interesting. Parts of it were too slow and too much focus on Margaret's piety/praying. This novel focuses on her early years as queen -- I wanted to get to know her more as a real person. For instance, in the Author's Note, it's mentioned that she dis...
  • Tanja
    So in all fairness the book did make me want to read more about Margaret and Malcolm of Scotland. The problem for me is that I did not like the style of writing and I felt like the story was forced. The afterword was more moving to me. When I took English classes or writing classes in college the thing they always told us was "show don't tell" and I felt like there was a lot of telling going on. I was just expected to take the authors word for it...
  • Lj
    I would rate this book as a 3.7 It is historical fiction which seemed to stay pretty close to known fact in that it did not suddenly create a warrior queen or have women doing something modern. Made me much more interested in some of the real lives of women mentioned and featured in the novel -- i.e. Lady MacBeth. The story was interesting and moved along. What more could you ask from a light novel read?
  • Alisa
    I didn't love this one, though I was intrigued by the historical setting and the appearance of many characters familiar to us from Shakespeare's MacBeth. Ultimately, I felt that the characters were flat, Margaret's piety was frankly irritating, and while things happened, a plot wasn't present enough to keep my interest. Meh.
  • Rebecca
    Light quick read.
  • Jack Vasen
    There are at least two problems with historical fiction when it revolves around known figures. 1) The reader knows, or at least can know, the outcome of major events and the ending of the story is fixed in that sense. 2) The reader is tempted to buy into the character portrayed by the author as being fact, but in reality so much of the personality is unknowable. In the case of Margaret of Scotland the author had a source very close to the subject...
  • Betsy
    I enjoyed the setting of early medieval Scotland and the accuracy of Queen Margaret's character. I remember seeing the chapel she commissioned when I lived in Edinburgh. It is now the oldest building in the city and part of the current Edinburgh Castle.That said, I could have done without the completely fictional story of Eva. I think the book would have been more interesting if it covered more of Margaret's life and included more of the politics...
  • Emily
    This felt more like the outline of a story than an actual story. Both the characters and plot were thin which is disappointing because the story itself was interesting just written in a bland, tensionless manner. Despite living in a dangerous period, there was never any sense of that. William the Conqueror was never a real threat, and even though the book mentions that the Scottish people didn't fully accept Margaret as their queen, you'd never b...
  • Anna
    Margaret was a Saxon princess, whose family sought escape from the Norman invasion, and Malcolm of Scotland needed a queen. The scholarly princess, who would have preferred being a nun, marries the king. Lady Macbeth, whose husband was killed by Malcolm, is still up in the Highlands causing trouble. Her fictional bard, Eva, is sent to the court as bard and spy. She grows to love the pious Margaret, who is more interested in prayers and charity th...