By Rebecca Reisert
'By my sixteenth birthday, I'd murdered two kings, my father, my brother,
a queen, a prince and my husband.'
A brilliant take on HAMLET from the author of THE THIRD WITCH
Passionate Ophelia longs for a life as huge as her spirit. She seems to get her chance when she's taken to Elsinore Castle to rejoin her unknown father, but soon she's torn between her love for the glamorous Prince Hamlet and the wild pirate Ragnor.
As she struggles to understand why she's the only person able to see the multitudes of ghosts who haunt the castle, she finds herself drawn into a plot to kill the queen and replace her with Ophelia herself.
One desperate act leads to another until madness seems the only path to save those she loves in the dangerously mad world of the Danish royal court.
Rebecca Reisert first became fascinated with the story of Macbeth when she followed his footsteps through Scotland, visiting both the sites mentioned in Shakespeare's play and those accepted by modern Scottish historians. She teaches English and drama.
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07 Jul 2003
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'An entertaining read.' Historical Novels Review on OPHELIA'S REVENGE
'Tantalising...Fascinating, moving and a very good read.' York Evening Press on OPHELIA'S REVENGE
Rebecca Reisert's enormously clever, amazing interpretation of her subject, ensures this second novel's pride of place with her first, The Third Witch. — Joan Stockdale, The North Wales Chronicle
What a book! Rebecca Reisert's mediaeval story is priceless. — Bangor Chronicle on THIRD WITCH
This clever slant on Macbeth is excellent . . . the central characters give it a warmth that will stay in the memory. — Coventry Evening Telegraph
A fascinating alternative storyline to the play . . . powerful, evocative. One of the most original first novels you're likely to find in this or any other year. — Birmingham Post on THIRD WITCH
Original, atmospheric...Reisert balancing the intrigue and bloodlust of the royal court with the human drama unfolding below the stairs — The List (Glasgow) on THIRD WITCH
Whether Macbeth interests you as an historical person or as a Shakespeare play, The Third Witch is a book you will enjoy — Writing Magazine on THIRD WITCH
A powerful retelling of Macbeth — Good Book Guide on THIRD WITCH