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Banquo's Son by Tania Roxborogh
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"Banquo's Son is an epic, original sequel to Macbeth."
5 stars"

Writing a sequel to one of Shakespeare's tra­gedies is no mean feat, but to carry it out with the eloquence and passion displayed by T. K. Roxborogh in her recent novel Banquo's Son demonstrates pure genius.

Banquo's Son, the first in an upcoming trilogy, tells the story of Fleance, the son of Thane Banquo in Shakespeare's Mac­beth, ten years after the events of the play. It weaves an intricate pattern of politics, honour, corruption and love that skilfully echoes Macbeth and satisfies the Shakespearean fan who craves an answer to the play's greatest unanswered question: Will the witches' prophecy about Banquo be fulfilled?

Shakespeare may have left us little legacy regarding the character and personality of Fleance, but Ms. Roxborogh does not disappoint us. Courageous, honourable, intelligent and chivalrous, he takes his place among some of the playwright's gre­atest protagonists. The reader is taken on an epic journey with Fleance as he comes to terms with his past and his heritage, and wrestles with his love for Rosie. Along the way we encounter Scottish nobles, political dissent, hidden agendas, true friendship, and the three witches, who once again attempt to corrupt the throne of Scotland through deception and the poisoning of the mind.

The style of the novel is crafted cleverly; the narrative is composed in modern day English, whereas the speech is Elizabethan in manner. Writes Ms. Roxborogh inside the front cover of Banquo's Son, "I imagined myself sitting at Shakespeare's desk penning this sequel.” This has visibly proven itself throughout the text, as the reader feels as though he is treading Fleance's journey in the shoes of a 16th century English citizen.

Ms. Roxborogh draws on complex Shakespearean themes in her novel with expertise and dexterity, displaying tremendous talent and brilliance. Fleance's love for Rosie is challenged by the need to revenge his father's death, similar to the predicament that Shakespeare's Ham­let finds himself in in the eponymous play. Also, both men struggle with their upper class status preventing them from marrying their lower class love interest. Banquo's Son is a treasure trove of Shakespearean issues, knitted together in an adroit fashion, that have been deliberated for centuries.

Banquo's Son is a fresh, innovative story that is a delight for modern readers yet does not sacrifice the multifarious nature and complexity of its Shakespearean prequel. Ms. Roxborogh has balanced canon with originality and forged an extraordinary masterpiece, worthy of its predecessor. William Shakespeare would be proud.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
"A tale of love and honour set after Shakespeare's Macbeth."
5 stars"

Writing a sequel to one of Shakespeare's tra­gedies is no mean feat, but to carry it out with the eloquence and passion displayed by T. K. Roxborogh in her recent novel Banquo's Son demonstrates pure genius.

Banquo's Son, the first in an upcoming trilogy, tells the story of Fleance, the son of Thane Banquo in Shakespeare's Mac­beth, ten years after the events of the play. It weaves an intricate pattern of politics, honour, corruption and love that skilfully echoes Macbeth and satisfies the Shakespearean fan who craves an answer to the play's greatest unanswered question: Will the witches' prophecy about Banquo be fulfilled?

Shakespeare may have left us little legacy regarding the character and personality of Fleance, but Ms. Roxborogh does not disappoint us. Courageous, honourable, intelligent and chivalrous, he takes his place among some of the playwright's gre­atest protagonists. The reader is taken on an epic journey with Fleance as he comes to terms with his past and his heritage, and wrestles with his love for Rosie. Along the way we encounter Scottish nobles, political dissent, hidden agendas, true friendship, and the three witches, who once again attempt to corrupt the throne of Scotland through deception and the poisoning of the mind.

The style of the novel is crafted cleverly; the narrative is composed in modern day English, whereas the speech is Elizabethan in manner. Writes Ms. Roxborogh inside the front cover of Banquo's Son, "I imagined myself sitting at Shakespeare's desk penning this sequel.” This has visibly proven itself throughout the text, as the reader feels as though he is treading Fleance's journey in the shoes of a 16th century English citizen.

Ms. Roxborogh draws on complex Shakespearean themes in her novel with expertise and dexterity, displaying tremendous talent and brilliance. Fleance's love for Rosie is challenged by the need to revenge his father's death, similar to the predicament that Shakespeare's Ham­let finds himself in in the eponymous play. Also, both men struggle with their upper class status preventing them from marrying their lower class love interest. Banquo's Son is a treasure trove of Shakespearean issues, knitted together in an adroit fashion, that have been deliberated for centuries.

Banquo's Son is a fresh, innovative story that is a delight for modern readers yet does not sacrifice the multifarious nature and complexity of its Shakespearean prequel. Ms. Roxborogh has balanced canon with originality and forged an extraordinary masterpiece, worthy of its predecessor. William Shakespeare would be proud.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
"Brilliant beginning to a new trilogy!"
5 stars"
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Banquo's son is the first of T.K Roxboroughs new shakespearean trilogy based on the scottish play. Banquo's son includes everything needed to make a great novel- action, fast plot and even a little bit of romance. A highly enjoyable read.

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How do you choose between love and honour- Fleance, the 21-year old son of Scottish thane Banquo has been living rough in the words of northern England since he escaped on that fateful night ten years ago when his father was brutally murdered. He has never told anyone who he is because he has yet to discover who wanted him dead but he has learnt things - how to survive, how to use a cross bow, how not to trust anyone, but also how to love. But before he can truly give himself to the beautiful Rosie, Fleance must avenge the murder of his father and claim what is rightfully his. Through good luck or chance Fleance journeys to Scotland and meets the charismatic Duncan, 22-years-old and next in line to the throne. The two men are opposites - Fleance dark and mysterious, Duncan fair and open. We also meet Duncan's sister Rachel, beautiful and royal and at the same time a gentle foil to Rosie's passionate nature. With the throne of Scotland waiting to be claimed the choices facing Fleance 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.

About the Author

T.K. Roxborogh is an experienced secondary school teacher and the author of twenty books for adults and children. Roxborogh lives in Dunedin.
Release date NZ
September 28th, 2009
Country of Publication
New Zealand
Illustrations
map
Imprint
Penguin Books (NZ)
Pages
320
Dimensions
155x230x25
ISBN-13
9780143202493
Product ID
3084142

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