The Queen’s Dwarf
There’s a new queen of historical fiction in town and her name is Ella March Chase.
The dwarf son of a poor dog trainer, Jeffery Hudson ‘s life is changed forever when his father sells him into the service of the powerful and politically scheming Duke of Buckingham. The Duke has a problem no one else can solve. While he has weak king Charles I wrapped around his talons, young French Queen Henrietta Maria is a dangerous anomaly he cannot control. With Jeffery in her royal household, Buckingham hopes to gain information that will weaken the Queen’s influence over her husband and increase his own power in the court.
Under no condition may Jeffery let his guard down and get close to the hated Catholic queen. Yet as he finds his place among Henrietta Maria’s Royal Menagerie of Freaks and Curiosities of Nature, he discovers his mission harder than he could have imagined and his loyalties increasingly divided. Henrietta Maria is loving, loyal, and passionate about life and it breaks Jeffery’s heart when the information he shares with Buckingham throws the court into upheaval. Yet defying Buckingham would cost him the life of his brother and cause his immediate downfall.
Captivating, enthralling, and incredibly crafted, The Queen’s Dwarf is the must-read historical novel of the year. You’ll be hooked from page one. Jeffery and his fellow “freaks” are masterful characters and the intrigue, drama, and danger of the Stuart court breathe fire across the pages. Tudor fans, you’re in luck. Chase’s writing is entirely fresh and utterly engaging. Enjoy.
|Thomas Dunne Books
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