Toil & Trouble || Graphic Novel Re-Telling of Macbeth

When shall we three meet again?
In thunder, lightning, or in rain?

 

Title: Toil & Trouble
Author: Mairghread Scott
Page Count: 176 pages
Genre: Fantasy // Graphic Novel
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Archaia
Release Date: September 20, 2016
Buy It: Chapters Indigo

 

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

Something wicked this way comes.

The three fates—Riata, Cait, and Smertae—have always been guiding and protecting Scotland unseen, indirectly controlling the line of kings according to the old religion.

When there is a disagreement between the weird sisters, Riata and Smertae will use men as pawns..

and Smertae will direct Macbeth to a crown he was never meant to have.

 

 

MY THOUGHTS

THIS WAS F***** AWESOME! The moment I saw the cover I immediately knew this was the graphic novel for me.

Macbeth is my favourite Shakespeare tragedy mostly because of how dark it is, oh and the blood naturally, but especially because of the witches. Ever since reading the story back when I was a wee one I was obsessed with the witches. I wrote my entire essay for English class on the witches. I wonder if that’s when my obsession with the fates and witches in general began. Now that I think about it yes, that’s when I started watching Buffy and reading everything I could get my hands on that included witches. I’m rambling now because I’m so excited but with no further ado here’s my short, spoiler-free review on the graphic novel itself!

The Artwork

IS BEAUTIFUL. The aesthetic of these illustrations are amazing. I found myself staring at each page for many minutes longer than necessary because I was so entranced. Every page is a piece of artwork I want to frame.

The Story

Gosh I loved this rendition. It was focused entirely on the three witches and I feel as though a piece of the puzzle has inserted itself wonderfully. I still love my theory on the witches that I crafted in my head but this was so wonderful to see. I loved how she filled us in on the backstory for each witch, a truly captivating story.

I cannot rave enough, I’m obsessed! I’ll be re-reading this soon. Would love an audiobook for this!

 

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