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. I also dearly love when I see some Flemish words in these books. I can't help but smile at that since I am Flemish and Susanna Horenbout actually came from Ghent here in Belgium.
Susanna as always was very strong as a main character. Even when she was locked up in the Tower she kept her cool although she was very afraid. I do admire her for her courage. She and Parker truly make a perfect pair and I love how Parker would do anything for her. Maybe even flee Engand to be safe. I love romance and although there isn't much of it, I'm glad it's not the main object in these books. The way Michelle writes it feels like perfection to me. Nothing to comment on at all.
Overall, In Defence of the Queen was a amazing addition to the Susanna Horenbout and John Parker series that I loved reading. Hard to put this book down, it's as exciting and deadly as ever. I can't wait for the next instalment and read about more adventures from Susanna and Parker.