Heir to a Prophecy



Shakespeare S Witches Tell Banquo, Thou Shalt Get Kings Though Thou Be None Though Banquo Is Murdered, His Son Fleance Gets Away What Happened To Fleance As Shakespeare S Audience Apparently Knew, Banquo Was The Ancestor Of The Royal Stewart Line But The Road To Kingship Had A Most Inauspicious Beginning, And We Follow Fleance Into Exile And Death, Bestowing The Witches Prophecy On His Illegitimate Son Walter Born In Wales And Raised In Disgrace, Walter S Efforts To Understand Banquo S Murder And Honor His Lineage Take Him On A Long And Treacherous Journey Through England And France Before Facing His Destiny In ScotlandHeir to a Prophecy

Born and raised in St Louis MO, Mercedes Rochelle graduated with a degree in English literature from University of Missouri Mercedes learned about living history as a re enactor and has been enad with historical fiction ever since A move to New York to do research and two careers ensued, but writing fiction remains her primary vocation She lives in Sergeantsville, NJ with her husband in a log home they had built themselves.

[Ebook] ↠ Heir to a Prophecy Author Mercedes Rochelle – E17streets4all.co.uk
  • Paperback
  • 418 pages
  • Heir to a Prophecy
  • Mercedes Rochelle
  • 09 June 2017

10 thoughts on “Heir to a Prophecy

  1. says:

    Mercedes Rochelle picks up on one of the conundrums in Macbeth For the modern reader audience, it s a bit of an oddity that Macbeth is told he will be King, while his friend Banquo is told he will have heirs who are kings It means nothing to us.Starting from this prophecy, the author takes us into the history, known and mythologized, of the Stuart line The line of Kings that led to James the 1st, the intended audience for the play Many of the characters from Macbeth are visible in this tale Mercedes Rochelle picks up on one of the conundrums in Macbeth For the modern reader audience, it s a bit of an oddity that Macbeth is told he will be King, while his friend Banquo is told he will have heirs who are kings It means nothing to us.Starting from this prophecy, the author takes us into the history, known and mythologized, of the Stuart line The line of Kings that led to James the 1st, the intended audience for the play Many of the characters from Macbeth are visible in this tale We find out what happened to Macolm, Seward, MacDuff, and others Shakespeare took actions that lastedthan a decade and condensed them down into five acts Mercedes puts the time scales back in, following the journey of Fleance, and then his son Walter, to unravel the threads of fate that do indeed seem to make Banquo an ancestor of kings It is a fascinating tale, blending fiction, fact and myth into a very convincing whole.While Macbeth murders his way to the top, one Harold Godwineson is wangling for position as the aging King Edward fails to produces a Saxon heir, and on the continent, William of Normandy looks hungrily to the north What follows is, of course, epic, and will change the face of England forever.Readers of historical fiction will love this book If you tend towards fantasy then the mix of supernatural influence, castle building, backstabbing politics and epic battles could easily tempt you out of your usual genre

  2. says:

    Find this and other reviews at Rochelle s Heir to a Prophecy was an interesting choice for me The fact that it is historic fiction and relates to the royal Stewarts were major selling points, but I personally feel Shakespeare overrated and wasn t at all convinced the book would work The realist in me screamed proceed with caution, but I hoped for the best am happy to report the risk proved worthwhile Historically speaking, the novel touches a Find this and other reviews at Rochelle s Heir to a Prophecy was an interesting choice for me The fact that it is historic fiction and relates to the royal Stewarts were major selling points, but I personally feel Shakespeare overrated and wasn t at all convinced the book would work The realist in me screamed proceed with caution, but I hoped for the best am happy to report the risk proved worthwhile Historically speaking, the novel touches a lot of wonderful material and I actually like how it acts as a sort of bookend to the play on which it is based There are a few graphic scenes, but I felt the content necessary and entirely appropriate to the subject matter I liked the balance Rochelle managed to create between fact and fiction and was pleasantly surprised at how she was able to manipulate the Shakespearean elements of the story without allowing them to overwhelm her own vision and voice Ideally I have liked fewer protagonists andcharacter development, but I m not at all disappointed with the time I spent with this piece.A highly creative read, Heir to a Prophecy was both fun and original A solid selection for fans of both historic fiction and light fantasy

  3. says:

    Heir to a Prophecy, by Mercedes Rochelle is an absorbing tale dealing with the prophecy told by Shakespeare s witches to Banquo, the ancestor of the royal Stewart line Thou Shalt Get Kings Though Thou Be None The prophecy and the witches steer the fate of the books main character, Walter, son of Fleance, who is the son of Banquo Rochelle takes the reader along for the ride of Walter s remarkable life and the people and events that happen to him Walter is very well written and we understand h Heir to a Prophecy, by Mercedes Rochelle is an absorbing tale dealing with the prophecy told by Shakespeare s witches to Banquo, the ancestor of the royal Stewart line Thou Shalt Get Kings Though Thou Be None The prophecy and the witches steer the fate of the books main character, Walter, son of Fleance, who is the son of Banquo Rochelle takes the reader along for the ride of Walter s remarkable life and the people and events that happen to him Walter is very well written and we understand his character and his motives for his decisions and why he does what he does Supporting characters such as King Malcolm Can are equally well written The author knows the period in which she writes extremely well and puts the reader into the 11th century mind set quite easily I am very passionate about the medieval time period and really enjoy reading books that take place in that scope of history I especially enjoyed reading a book with such a unique plot line and being able to learn somethingof the Stewart ancestry.A fantastic author that I hope publishes manybooks that I will happily read

  4. says:

    Those familiar with Shakespeare s Macbeth will recognize from this story the characters of Banquo, Fleance and the Three Weird Sisters While they set the stage, the protagonist throughout most of the narrative is Walter Stewart beginning with his early life as a Welsh outcast, to his glory days as the King of Scots confidante Malcom III s defeat over Macbeth, William the Conqueror s Battle of Hastings and the subsequent uprisings in Northern England are among the action filled pages.This stor Those familiar with Shakespeare s Macbeth will recognize from this story the characters of Banquo, Fleance and the Three Weird Sisters While they set the stage, the protagonist throughout most of the narrative is Walter Stewart beginning with his early life as a Welsh outcast, to his glory days as the King of Scots confidante Malcom III s defeat over Macbeth, William the Conqueror s Battle of Hastings and the subsequent uprisings in Northern England are among the action filled pages.This story is a perfect introduction to 11th century Scotland, England and Wales and even a bit of Brittany , with minute descriptions of the kingdoms and their people and ways of life I tend to read and review books with a female protagonist, but had no trouble emphasizing with Walter and his plight Anyone interested in the events of the 1066 Norman invasion of England will find a detailed account, with particular eloquence regarding battle scenes that even those not inclined to war novels will appreciate There is a bit of romance, never overly described, and a host of admirable characters Walter s transition is the most remarkable facet of the novel, and I would liken him to Elizabeth Chadwick s William Marshal from The Greatest Knight and The Scarlet Lion I was also intrigued to meet several characters mentioned in Jean Plaidy s Norman trilogy

  5. says:

    A sweeping chronicle of the time period from the late 10th C through the 11th C on the British Isles The author took on the monumental task of putting life into the snippets of historical record and the lore that represents that time Truly this book would make an incredible 3 hour feature movie done in the style of a Lord of the Rings I can honestly say if you are a fan of Lord of the Rings you will enjoy this book Fans of early English, Welsh and Scottish history will also want to read thi A sweeping chronicle of the time period from the late 10th C through the 11th C on the British Isles The author took on the monumental task of putting life into the snippets of historical record and the lore that represents that time Truly this book would make an incredible 3 hour feature movie done in the style of a Lord of the Rings I can honestly say if you are a fan of Lord of the Rings you will enjoy this book Fans of early English, Welsh and Scottish history will also want to read this book As a historian, I did find the technical work crafted by the author to be impressive and extensive If I had any issue with this book, it was the seeming lack of direction exhibited in the last 25% to 30% of this work It really seemed that in the immediate aftermath of the Battle of Hastings, the book could have been brought to a nice conclusion.I had first thought this was a book that was led by the prophetic sayings of the three witches it seemed to be up to that point Another one of my issues is that after their last appearance, they just seemed to disappear from the story Overall a great read that sheds new light on an era usually left in darkness A very well done piece of scholarly fiction My Rating 4.5 starsReviewed by Mr NThis review first appeared

  6. says:

    A well crafted story on the makings of the royal Stewart line Rochelle masterfully combines history, fiction and myth creating a fascinating and riveting read No worries if you haven t read Macbeth, you ll understand fully where Shakespeare s Macbeth ends and this story begins.Banquo is murdered, his son escapes, however the story continues with focus on Banquo s grandson Walter The prophecy is through Walter with just the right of amount of supernatural element via the weird sisters to add i A well crafted story on the makings of the royal Stewart line Rochelle masterfully combines history, fiction and myth creating a fascinating and riveting read No worries if you haven t read Macbeth, you ll understand fully where Shakespeare s Macbeth ends and this story begins.Banquo is murdered, his son escapes, however the story continues with focus on Banquo s grandson Walter The prophecy is through Walter with just the right of amount of supernatural element via the weird sisters to add interest and entertainment Walter is a solid character, he comes of age, finally he masters control of his anger and pursues predictions.Rochelle proves originality and executes balance enough Shakespeare married with fiction equal in weight Doses of myth suiting the narrative.Historical fiction enthusiasts with all certainty will enjoy this book Fans of fantasy with supernatural peppering, political strife and fierce battles will appreciate Mercedes Rochelle s creative and imaginative page turning tale

  7. says:

    Actual Rating 3.5 CharactersThis book mostly follows Walter, but it doesn t start there It starts with Fleance Walter is an interesting character to follow However, there are lots and lots of characters that you ll meet This story isn t told from their point of view but rather in a narrative voicemost of the time Sometimes the story line dips into third person, making the POVs fluid This actually gibes the novel a visceral feel PlotThis story is not so much about characters It is a Actual Rating 3.5 CharactersThis book mostly follows Walter, but it doesn t start there It starts with Fleance Walter is an interesting character to follow However, there are lots and lots of characters that you ll meet This story isn t told from their point of view but rather in a narrative voicemost of the time Sometimes the story line dips into third person, making the POVs fluid This actually gibes the novel a visceral feel PlotThis story is not so much about characters It is a story of lives Lives lived and lost Set in the 1000s It has a historical novel feel with a overlay of a fictional backdrop Prophecy and an established story results in many of the plot points being predictableright up to the end This story starts almost as abruptly as it ends which was a bit of a bump in the road for me It takes you on a journey though, an interesting and unexpected journey OverallThe writing has a historical feel and is long winded Takes on a telling style, rather than showing, because of the narrative like writing That being said there are some very powerful lines However, the past and future story telling can be very jarring at times Like someone reading a book and paraphrasing as they read Which means it sort of meanders and then just ends Very abruptly The journey until you get there is interesting Rating3.5 rounded up Readers of historical novels and those who like Shakespeare will enjoy this book It takes you on a winding tale.Where did I get a copy Author sent me a copy This is a voluntary review More reviews at creatingworldswithwords.wordpress.com

  8. says:

    Book ReviewHEIR TO A PROPHECYBy Mercedes RochelleAt first I was not sure what to expect, but the further I got into the story, theI enjoyed this tale from Wales, to England to Scotland, to Normandy, back to England, and finally back to Scotland.The time period around the last days of the Anglo Saxon Kingdom of England, to the days of the Norman Conquest and the formation of the Kingdom of Scotland was never one that I had studied or read much about But from reading Mercedes book, I not h Book ReviewHEIR TO A PROPHECYBy Mercedes RochelleAt first I was not sure what to expect, but the further I got into the story, theI enjoyed this tale from Wales, to England to Scotland, to Normandy, back to England, and finally back to Scotland.The time period around the last days of the Anglo Saxon Kingdom of England, to the days of the Norman Conquest and the formation of the Kingdom of Scotland was never one that I had studied or read much about But from reading Mercedes book, I not have a greater appreciation for the period.It takes you on a trip through history that spans decades A trip so pleasurable that it was very hard to set down because you wanted to keep reading to find out how it was to end.My book review notes tell me that I should record my impressions and note effective passages for quoting But where would I begin The book as a whole was in my opinion a romp There are too many passages that would require equal billing to quote.Because of this book I have begun to study the period, not just the Norman Conquest but the later days of Anglo Saxons, the constant troubles with both the Scots and the Welsh Things I had not realized before or if I did it was on the perpetual.The book was well written it followed the trials and tribulations of Walter, the bastard son of a Scottish prince and a Welsh princess We follow him as he flees a cruel and desperate life as a bastard s son, to a retainer of Harold, who was to become king From there he becomes the close friend and confident of Malcom who would become the Scottish king to Normandy and then to Hastings where he fights beside William the Conqueror We follow him to Scotland and the wars that were fought between England and Scotland for supremacy on the Isles And, then to his death beside his friend and king In the end we find that his family become the kings predicted by fate under the name Stuart.There is muchthat I cannot describe You must read the book yourself For myself, I enjoyed it so much that I intend to read it a second time just because I can.Reviewed By Dennis BurkholderI give it Five Stars

  9. says:

    I ve come to help avenge Banquo s death Malcolm smiled sadly Then you shall not leave my side until it is done Walter knew nothing of his ancestry, only that he was illegitimate and his grandfather, Gruffydd ap Llewelyn, had cast out his daughter, Walter s mother, Nesta, and murdered Fleance, Walter s father Walter knew nothing of his father s past until he was visited by three mysterious old women, who spoke of prophecy and destinies and other such dangerous things.Walter has two choices I ve come to help avenge Banquo s death Malcolm smiled sadly Then you shall not leave my side until it is done Walter knew nothing of his ancestry, only that he was illegitimate and his grandfather, Gruffydd ap Llewelyn, had cast out his daughter, Walter s mother, Nesta, and murdered Fleance, Walter s father Walter knew nothing of his father s past until he was visited by three mysterious old women, who spoke of prophecy and destinies and other such dangerous things.Walter has two choices He could ignore the old hags and live the life he wanted Or, he could take heed of their warning and follow the path they laid out before him and become The First Stuart of Scotland.From a desperate escape from assassins to the crowning of the rightful King of Scotland, Heir to a Prophecy by Mercedes Rochelle is the utterly compelling story of how Banquo s grandson paved the way for a generation of kings.Those who have read Shakespeare s infamous Scottish play will be familiar with brave and valiant Banquo, who like Macbeth failed to understand the cost of the weird women s prophecy, nor was he prepared for the ugly realisation that if he were indeed the father of kings then Macbeth, his dearest friend, would become a dagger hidden in the shadows of the nightFly, good Fleance, fly, fly, fly,Banquo cried if you recall, for the instruments of darkness so often tell the truth, and thus Banquo dies Rochelle has picked up the story from that remarkable play and has taken her readers with good Fleance as he flees for his life But how did Banquo s son go on to father the Stuart dynasty In this remarkable work of Historical Fiction, Rochelle has presented her readers with a plausible answer but without losing the essence, the superstition and the mythical element that is so prevalent in Shakespeare s Macbeth Rochelle has stuck with tradition and allowed the Three Witches to control the narrative and, of course, toy with the protagonists By doing this, Rochelle has not only captured the very essence of Shakespeare s play, but she has given us a story that is rich and vibrant and utterly compelling from start to finish Heir to a Prophecy is the type of book that one will forego sleep to finish, and it is also one that would be next to impossible to forget Although Heir to a Prophecy opens with Banquo s death and Fleance s subsequent flight to Wales, it is Fleance s son, Walter, whose story this really is Born a bastard, Walter is on first encounter, seemingly inconsequential He comes from nothing He is nobody His mother, Princess Nesta, daughter of Gruffydd ap Llewelyn, had been thrown unceremoniously from Court and has been disowned by her family because of her love affair with Fleance With a tremendous strength of spirit and a dogged determined to battle on, Nesta makes the best of a bad situation I adored Nesta She has such capacity for love and is yet used so cruelly by her father His disappointment, his anger, leaves no room for reason Lost and alone, without her lover, Nesta is determined to bring up her child the best way she can How can you not admire such a character for that Walter is a troubled youth He knows nothing of his father s heritage until the night he encounters the same three women who had visited his grandfather and King Macbeth in a heath near Forres Unlike, Macbeth, Walter does not want to hear the weird women s prophecy, nor does he want to heed it, although he has sense enough to fear it We, lucky readers, witness Walter s struggle with who he is and what he has seen We watch him become a temperamental youth to a knight of honour We follow him in battle and love We watch him become the man he was destined to be I thought Rochelle really nailed Walter s characterisation He isn t this elevated man of goodness who his grandfather is portrayed as being Walter makes terrible mistakes and conscientious decisions which have consequences consequences that he is willing to answer Walter is an incredibly complex character who has many layers which makes him endlessly fascinating He is a fantastic protagonist who drives this story forward It was an absolute pleasure, nay privilege, to read his story.As one would expect from this time, there are, along with Walter, a host of historical characters From Malcolm III Can King of Scotland to the bastard Norman, William the Conqueror All of these historical characters bring something unique to the narrative Malcolm was a character who I liked very much, whereas William he certainly knew how to plan a battle Rochelle pens historical figures such as Harold Godwinson with an elegant sweep of her quill Rochelle has breathed life into this vast cast of historical figures, and she has portrayed them in a remarkably realistic way paying close attention, of course, to the historical sources from this time I thought the portrayal of all the characters I encountered in this novel was brilliantly executed The historical scope of this book is vast This was a time of warriors and kings, where the fate of a nation was decided upon a battlefield, as was petty grievances Heir to a Prophecy is at times incredibly violent as war plays out between the pages When it comes to battle scenes they can either make or break a book Rochelle has captured the desperation, the fear, the sights, the smells, the abject terror and the anticlimactic relief when it was all over The battle scenes are brilliantly portrayed in this novel Rochelle has painted a very vivid picture of war and what it was like during the 11th Century Kudos Ms Rochelle Kudos indeed.With a nod to Shakespeare, and with a keen sense of the era and the people that dominated it, Rochelle has presented her readers with a book that is immensely readable and thoroughly entertaining Reading Heir to a Prophecy is like taking a spontaneous trip through time to a dark and dangerous past where heroes were born, and legends were made.If you are looking for your next great Historical Fiction read, then look no further than Heir to a Prophecy by Mercedes Rochelle, for within the pages of this book you will witness exiled friends fight for the right to return home And you will stand shoulder to shoulder, and you will finally cryHail, King of Scotland I Highly Recommend.Review by Mary Anne Yarde.The Coffee Pot Book ClubShakespeare,William Macbeth Act 3, Scene 3 Wordsworth Limited Edition 1996 Shakespare, William Macbeth Act 5, Scene 8 Wordsworth Limited Edition 1996

  10. says:

    You don t have to be a lover of Shakespeare to follow this story, but my impetus came from Macbeth and the Witches, who predicted that Banquo would be the father of Kings Poor Banquo was soon murdered in an effort to defeat this prophecy, but his son Fleance fled the scene and the country as well His escape led him to north Wales and the court of Gruffydd ap Llewelyn, who took him in as a noble exile and gave him a place with his family Alas, Fleance fell in love with princess Nesta, and t You don t have to be a lover of Shakespeare to follow this story, but my impetus came from Macbeth and the Witches, who predicted that Banquo would be the father of Kings Poor Banquo was soon murdered in an effort to defeat this prophecy, but his son Fleance fled the scene and the country as well His escape led him to north Wales and the court of Gruffydd ap Llewelyn, who took him in as a noble exile and gave him a place with his family Alas, Fleance fell in love with princess Nesta, and their illicit affair resulted in her pregnancy Their illegitimate son Walter was the next link in the Witches prophecy, and it is his story that leads the reader across England to Scotland, Brittany and Wales Walter enlists in Harold Godwineson s service against the Welsh, accompanies Prince Malcolm to the Battle of Dunsinane, and even fights at the Battle of Hastings alongside his new father in law, Count Alain le Rouge But ultimately he settles in Scotland alongside his friend King Malcolm, eventually attaining the rank as first Steward of Scotland and ancestor of the Stewart line of kings.After Hastings, the young Eadgar Aetheling, true Anglo Saxon heir, shows up at Malcolm s court hungry and need of shelter He brings his mother and sisters, and Malcolm falls in love with the beautiful Margaret, who thinks herself destined for the church But because of her he supports Eadgar, and Margaret eventually weds Malcolm and bears him many children Eadgar s ill fated rebellions draw the wrath of King William the Conqueror, and Scotland must struggle to keep England at bay Watch as Walter helps Malcolm hold his kingdom together in the late turbulent eleventh century

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *