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In Defense of the Queen (Susanna Horenbout and John Parker Series Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Michelle Diener
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Book Description

An artist never betrays her patron . . . especially one of the world’s most powerful kings.

Susanna Horenbout has learned this lesson from the cradle. But when she receives a letter from her father telling her to do just that, she faces a dilemma. Betray Henry VIII, or carry out the request of her father’s employer, Margaret of Austria, and pass secret information to Henry’s queen, Katherine of Aragon.

Caught between the machinations of her husband and her nephew, the Emperor Charles, Queen Katherine needs all the allies she can get. But what can Susanna really do to help her, and even if she does, will it be enough?

Susanna and her betrothed, Parker——one of Henry’s most trusted courtiers——balance on the knife’s edge of treason as they try to make sense of both international and domestic conspiracies. Sometimes, it’s better the enemy you know . . .

Book 3 in the Susanna Horenbout & John Parker series.

Editorial Reviews


"If you love historical fiction that is suspenseful, intriguing and beautifully written, please do yourself a favor and read this book and this series today." Girl Lost in a Book

"In Defense of the Queen is historical fiction at its best!" Readers Entertainment

"Exciting plot and relatable characters . . . I loved DEFENSE OF THE QUEEN, and if you enjoy historical novels, I would highly recommend you give this series a try." Fresh Fiction

About the Author

Michelle Diener writes historical fiction. Her Susanna Horenbout & John Parker series, set in the court of Henry VIII, includes In a Treacherous Court and Keeper of the King's Secrets, with In Defense of the Queen set for a 1 August release. Michelle's other historical novels include Daughter of the Sky, The Emperor's Conspiracy and Banquet of Lies, which will release on October 22nd, 2013. Michelle was born in London, grew up in South Africa and currently lives in Australia with her husband and two children.

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  • Language: English
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing addition to the series August 4, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I received In Defense of the Queen for review through NetGalley and also a huge thanks to Michelle Diener to send me a link that approved it for me. She's always so kind to me for letting me review her books. Thank you, Michelle!

Defense of the Queen is quite different in many ways from the other two books in the Susanna Horenbout and John Parker series. And I mean that definitely not in a bad way because I loved this book as much as the other two in the series. Being the third book in this series doesn't take any of the overall amazingness of it.

In Defense of the Queen we meet Susanna's brother Lucas who has secret information from her father from Margaret of Austria to pass along to queen Katherine. This leads to Susanna (and excuse me for the spoiler) being temporarily imprisoned in the Tower by accusations of treason. Her and her betrothed Parker's life are in more danger than ever...

It was different in a way because I read it in less than a day, just in a few hours. I almost never read that fast and just the last book I read which was about the same size took me a whole week to read. It can only be because Michelle Diener's writing is exceptionally fantastic. The other things that made it different was the story. It felt different to me, good different of course because of where it all headed. I never expected a lot of things to happen the way they did.

Historical facts and fiction thrown together the way Michelle Diener does is amazing. I love reading the afterword where she explains some of the actual facts and love how she tries to make them as accurate as she can. Her writing is still as flawless as ever. I had a hard time stopping to read chapter after chapter so before I knew it I was finished and left speechless.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite of the series! August 1, 2013
I loved In Defense of the Queen by Michelle Diener. Seriously. I think this has been my favorite book of the series so far. A lot of the reason was watching Parker struggle so much while his betrothed, Susanna, was imprisoned and he was helpless. I don't like to see people struggle, but the normally strong, calm, controlled Parker was out of sorts when he could not get Susanna freed easily. While Susanna didn't wish to be imprisoned she did what she always does - she stepped up and was strong for everyone else.

If you haven't read Michelle Diener yet, you must. Her stories are so smart and you will be captivated from the beginning with John and Susanna and the adventure they find themselves on, usually on behalf of the King or Queen. The romance in In Defense of the Queen is just lovely. This is the third book for John and Susanna and you can see their relationship grow stronger all the time. They are truly meant for and complement each other so well. You won't get the steamy, detailed love scenes in this story, but you still see the romance and passion between the two of them when Michelle writes the more intimate scenes. It is the kind that makes you swoon because it is so beautiful.

Reading about the same characters from previous books is one thing I love about a series. I felt like I was coming home to family while reading about not only John and Susanna but Harry, Peter Jack, Eric, etc. We get to know a little about Susanna's brother, Lucas in this story and I am still not sure what to think of him yet. It is interesting how a family can be those not related by blood more than the ones who are our blood relatives. I grew quite fond of King Henry's son, Fitzroy and hope to see him in future stories.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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The morass of intrigue and treason that surrounds John Parker and Susanna Horenbout in King Henry's court continues. This couple is just one step away from being annihilated by either powerful enemies, jealous courtiers, French spies or their own King.
Rumour is thatThe Frenchman is back to settle a score. Parker knew that Jean had no score to settle with him. 'The only reason a professional assassin came back kill, without payment, was because it was personal. And that meant that he'd come back for Susanna.'
But that was just the beginning. Accused by Wolsley of being a traitor, caught between a King and his Queen, locked up in the Tower, Susanna is soon fighting for her life. With the indominatable Parker at her side and friends and enemies changing sides the tension ratchets up as the story plays out.
The shadow of Wolsley as ever dominates, a malicious spider at the centre of this web of power and shifting alliances, of kings and crowns and inheritances. Another fantastic historical thriller in this series.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book love! September 7, 2013
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This book was perfection. I loved the first two books of the series and didn't think this could be better, but it was brilliant from the first page to the last. It was very emotionally intense, which for me is the best kind of intrigue. There were many times when I didn't know how the author would get Susanna and Parker out of trouble. The details were amazing and brought the scenes to life. And this wasn't just a great historical suspense story; at the heart of the book was an even greater love story.

I can't say enough good things about this book and the author. I know I'll read again, more slowly, just to savor it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Boring read
After reading previous tutor books with great enjoyment I found this book quite boring and slow. I feel uncomfortable giving less than enthusiastic reviews but I won't be seeking... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Renee' Clare
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like to escape but learn a bit of the past
Another outstanding Michelle Diener work. If you like to escape but learn a bit of the past, these are good books to read. Fast moving and I could small the sewers of London. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Lauren Honeywell
4.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
This series has very engaging characters. For those who enjoy the tudor time period, you will find this book enjoyable.
Published 13 months ago by Elidia gayneaux
5.0 out of 5 stars Waning Days of Katherine
Henry VIII has clearly lost interest in his wife. He is elevating his son by mistress, Blount, a young boy who features in this third book in series. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Elaine M. Silverstrim
5.0 out of 5 stars In Defense of the Queen (Susanna Horenbout & John Parker)
From the first minute I opened the book I could not put it down! this is the second one by Michelle Diener I have read and I absolutely love her work and love the continuing story... Read more
Published 13 months ago by rosemary barrett
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling exploration of a dangerous court
Michelle Diener writes with cinematic excitement, while keeping the historical facts beautifully marshalled. I love this book and am reading all of her other creations.
Published 16 months ago by meditation on love
5.0 out of 5 stars Historical Thriller
"In Defense of the Queen" was the book I saved this year to read at Christmas. I've thoroughly enjoyed Michelle's first two Susanna Horenbout and John Parker books. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jenny Schwartz
5.0 out of 5 stars In Defense of the Queen
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Michelle Diener has a winner series with her characters and the political play from King Henry's court. Lots of fun!
Published 17 months ago by Anne Meyer
4.0 out of 5 stars In defence of the Queen
There's plenty of action and suspense in this historical thriller, and the author has researched the old city of London well. Courtly politics are behind an assassination attempt. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Clare O'Beara
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite of the series so far!
Great mix of historical fiction and intrigue. With characters you can't help but love, from Susanna and Parker to the varied cast of secondary characters. A fantastic read.
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More About the Author

Michelle Diener writes historical fiction and fantasy. From the Tudor court, to the streets of Regency London, and into magical landscapes, she's never happier than when she's building worlds, sculpting unforgettable characters and crafting suspenseful plots.

Michelle was born in London, grew up in South Africa and currently lives in Australia with her husband and two children.

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