A complex and ... refreshing look at the life and times of Shakespeare, and the creation and production of one of his greatest plays, Macbeth. - Readers' Favorite
England, 1606. For as long as she can remember, Sarah Stone has had the gift of foresight, and she has never known the shewstone to lie. So when she foresees Will Shakespeare’s new play has opened doors to malevolent forces, she begs him to abandon it. But Will refuses, aware the play is one of his best. And so rehearsals for Macbeth begin.
A strange darkness seems to haunt the playhouse, and when Sarah’s brother Tom sets out to seduce boy actor John Upton, the boy sees the hand of witchcraft in his own forbidden desires for men. Then Sarah weaves a spell to win the love of the lead actor, and John, terrified for the safety of his soul, begins to make his accusations.
As rehearsals continue, Sarah and Tom must struggle to convince John that his sins are his own – their lives and the fortune of the play are at stake. But the Spirits have spoken – will the fate Sarah foresaw come to pass or is their destiny their own to decide?
Set against the first production of Macbeth in 1606, Shakespeare’s Witch is a dark and seductive tale of the origins of the curse of the Scottish Play.
Praise for Shakespeare's Witch
“I absolutely fell head-over-heels for this novel, would read it again in a friggin’ heartbeat and want everything she ever writes for the rest of my natural born life.” - Pursuing Stacie
“steeped in swirling, eerie darkness, there is romance, magic and sex, plus a touch of dark, grisly history ... one of those unforgettable books which will stay with you long after turning the last page.” - Chicks, Rogues and Scandals
“Samantha Grosser expertly explores a plethora of oft-studied Shakespeare topics: incest, duty, power, witchcraft, love, God, etc. The story of the novel itself evokes the bard with echoes of his dialogue and plot motifs.” - Amy's Booket
"I am a huge fan of unique reads, so I definitely enjoyed Shakespeare's Witch! Grosser's writing talent is stellar and I stayed engrossed the entire time. Only when I reached the end did I realize I was holding my breath." - Passages to the Past
“Be prepared to be at the edge of your seat wondering what might happen next–and even when you think you know for sure, you might not be so certain after all.”- Juliette Sebock