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In a Treacherous Court Paperback – August 2, 2011
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With its richly detailed historical setting and intrigue-filled plot, "In a Treacherous Court" is simply irresistible. Chicago Tribune
"Just when readers think there is nothing new to be learned about Henry VIII, debut author Diener delivers a taut suspense . . . that will keep you turning the pages." Kathe Robin (RT Magazine August 2011 issue)
A masterfully spun tale of mystery, intrigue, and the inner workings of Henry's court!" Fresh Fiction
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Treacherous Court is about as exciting as it sounds. Told through the eyes of a well-constructed and fascinating protagonist, the novel perfectly balances a sweet and realistic romance with some intriguing and awesome court intrigue (really, some of the best court intrigue I've ever read).
Diener also strives for historical accuracy along with vivid period detail and the desire to bring little-known people and events to life, which really helps infuse the story with some refreshing originality for a Henry VIII-era novel (yeah, I was worried that this would just be another run-of-the-mill Tudor novel, but it wasn't).
Highly recommended for fans of Tudor-period historical fiction who are looking for something different.
I could not put the book down, even to make dinner, as the nonstop action moved from Dover to London. Neither John nor Susanna find much time to sleep as shadows continue to plague them with assassination attempts (think THE LONGEST DAY in Tudor Times). Yet John finds himself falling in love with the competent, but sensuous, Susanna. Early in the story, John spies Susanna inspecting a shipment of Italian crossbows that also arrived on her ship - she admired their craftsmanship; he admired her beauty. Soon thereafter, they use the crossbows to defend themselves - she is disgusted by the violence; he vows vengeance against those who threaten both Susanna and the king. Later in the story, John admires Susanna's hands (and arms) as she mixed paints - it illuminated an intimate moment that underscored the romance within the mystery.
When forced to put the book down, to actually make dinner, I found myself looking up other characters from King Henry's court - Diener piqued my interest in the complicated history of the Tudor Era. In fact, Diener demonstrated that she could be a story teller to the king - His Majesty would appreciate the murder, mystery, and romance!
This book, however, crosses the line and is more historical romance with a thin layer of history.
The plot is superficial and the de la Pole conspiracy is thin, so the intrigue mystery element really felt flat
Parker and Susanna have "Insta-love/Insta-lust", so there is no romantic tension.
It is not rich in period/historical detail.
The writing however is brisk and the book is a quick read.
Readers of hardcore Historical fiction (Chadwick/Penman) will be dissappointed because this is Historical fiction "lite"
Let's hope the second book in this series is "meatier".
IN A TREACHEROUS COURT is an interesting blend of historical fiction, mystery, suspense and romance. I love stories set in the Tudor period, and I enjoyed the vivid descriptions of this time and place, both the beautiful and the cruel. Henry VIII is one of history's more intriguing rulers, so I loved that he was a character in this book.
The main characters were also based on actual historical figures. Susanna Horenbout was a Flemish artist who is thought to have worked for the king at one time. John Parker was the King's Keeper of the Palace of Westminster and his Yeoman of the Crossbows. They seemed well suited for each other since the story tells us neither were traditional players in Henry's court. Their romance blended nicely into the story as a whole. My favorite character was Parker, who could be ruthless yet compassionate when needed.
The mystery surrounding the plot against the king, including the major players involved, was well researched and very convincing.Read more ›
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If you are a historical fiction buff, you'll like this story based on a real person , Susanna Horenbout. Read morePublished on April 6, 2014 by DragonflyDebbi
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