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Reviewed by Alex Ndirangu for Readers' Favorite
Macbeth's Spinners by Justine Johnston Hemmestad is an intriguing work of historical fiction. It is the 11th century, and the Scottish warlord Macbeth and his army are battling the invaders from the north. Three ancient sisters roam the lands as one body with one purpose: to ward off the influence of a being far beyond the ghosts of those who have lived before. For many centuries after they escaped Greece, the three sisters, Lachesis, Atropos, and Clotho, never knew when Apollo, an ancient Greek god, would appear to them in his quest for revenge. But Apollo made himself known by the devastation he left with the Scottish soldiers lying bleeding in the chaos. But now, the sisters may have found a way to evade Apollo and send him back to Greece. They conjure up magic in Macbeth to bring about his fate, and they will even deliver victories for his army against the Northmen. Macbeth's good fortune will be their good fortune.
When I first picked up this book, I never imagined it would be this addictive. This book is unputdownable. Justine Johnston Hemmestad's skillfully constructed, vivid descriptions will seamlessly transport you back to ancient times. Here, you will visualize blades and shields clashing on a chaotic battlefield and sense Apollo's presence beneath the circling vultures in the most realistic way. The storyline kicks off in utter suspense that will keep your interest and hold your attention right from the first page. The theme of redemption permeates every page. But there is also a romance to melt readers' hearts. The moment when Apollo revealed why he always followed the sisters and his love for them that endured centuries was my favorite part of the book. More than anything, Macbeth's Spinners heavily impressed on me the need for healthy relationships and the importance of people who are always by your side. It was an excellent book, and I wouldn't mind rereading it. It was a wonderful experience. Grab yourself a copy and enjoy.