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It's 1629, and King Charles I and his French queen Henrietta-Maria have reigned in England for less than three years. Young dwarf Jeffrey Hudson is swept away from a village shambles and plunged into the Stuart court when his father sells him to the most hated man in England--the Duke of Buckingham. Buckingham trains Jeffrey to be his spy in the household of Charles' sevenIt's 1629, and King Charles I and his French queen Henrietta-Maria have reigned in England for less than three years. Young dwarf Jeffrey Hudson is swept away from a village shambles and plunged into the Stuart court when his father sells him to the most hated man in England--the Duke of Buckingham. Buckingham trains Jeffrey to be his spy in the household of Charles' seventeen-year-old bride, hoping to gain intelligence that will help him undermine the vivacious queen's influence with the king. Desperately homesick in a country that hates her for her nationality and Catholic faith, Henrietta-Maria surrounds herself with her "Royal Menagerie of Freaks and Curiosities of Nature"--a "collection" consisting of a giant, two other dwarves, a rope dancer, an acrobat/animal trainer and now Jeffrey, who is dubbed "Lord Minimus." Dropped into this family of misfits, Jeffrey must negotiate a labyrinth of court intrigue and his own increasingly divided loyalties. For not even the plotting of the Duke nor the dangers of a tumultuous kingdom can order the heart of a man. Though he is only eighteen inches tall, Jeffrey Hudson's love will reach far beyond his grasp--to the queen he has been sent to destroy. Full of vibrant period detail and with shades of Gregory Maguire's Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister and Philippa Gregory's The Queen's Fool, The Queen's Dwarf is a rich, thrilling and evocative portrait of an intriguing era...

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The Queen's Dwarf Reviews

  • Marita
    2019-01-07 07:50

    "Who rules England? The king? Who rules the king? The duke of Buckingham. Who rules the duke? The devil.” Between a rock and a hard place is where young Jeffrey Hudson the dwarf finds himself once he emerges with a flourish from the gilt-edged pie set before the queen. How so? Jeffrey’s butcher father sells his beautiful and perfectly formed dwarfed son to George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham. Buckingham, close friend and confidant of Charles I of England, in turn cunningly places Jeffrey in Queen Henrietta Maria’s “Royal Menagerie of Curiosities and Freaks of Nature” not by presenting the dwarf as a gift, but as an extravagant dinner display which captivates her and tricks her into accepting him. “I had never imagined people could eat gold. I had only seen the precious metal rarely, decking the few wealthy folk who crossed my path. But when Uriel Ware marched me into the Pastry House of Buckingham’s London Palace, the master cook was applying gilt to the crust of the pie I was to inhabit that evening.” Dressed in a tiny suit of armour, he is squashed into the pie from which he leaps at the appointed moment and prances about on the banquet table (this pie episode is historical fact). The teenage queen is entranced and gladly accepts the dwarf into her menagerie.Jeffrey is a reluctant spy. He loathes the duke and he dreads the duke’s henchman, Uriel Ware. However, their threats are enough to convince him to do as they tell him regardless of his own feelings of guilt and shame. To Jeffrey’s sorrow he becomes a very effective tool in the hands of Buckingham and Ware.I was delighted to discover that Jeffrey Hudson was a real person*, a beautiful dwarf exactly as described in the novel (although not a spy). He became Queen Henrietta Maria’s** close companion. Here he is simultaneously a pet, one of her amusing freaks. To her he is “A sexless toy to be petted, fretted over, and ignored by turns.” In this novel the Catholic queen who was very unpopular in Protestant England is portrayed as childish, wilful, sad, defiant and pious. She amuses herself with ‘masques’: “For the queen’s great passion, the masque. Playacting of sorts. She tries to shape the world into something prettier, where she can be beloved, heroic—all she dreamed of when she crossed the seas from France.” She also spends and gambles even though her dowry has not been paid.Jeffrey Hudson and Queen Henrietta Maria painted by Van Dyk (Wikipedia)There are some interesting characters in the novel and the author fleshes out Jeffrey’s family and other members of the menagerie or freak’s lair. Will Evans and John Fenton actually existed, but Rattlebones, Dulcinea, Boku and Uriel Ware are all fictional.The novel was initially entertaining and looked like a potential four star read, but unfortunately it came apart in the second half. It became overly sentimental. Suddenly everyone seemed to overact their roles and the plot became downright silly and over the top. This is unfortunate as the novel is well researched.###*https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeffrey...###**She was the daughter of Henri IV of France and his wife Marie de’Medici. The former had been assassinated when Henrietta Maria was still very young, and at the age of fifteen she was sent to England to be Charles’s queen, in the hope of mending the rift between the two countries.

  • Deborah
    2019-01-06 01:52

    I had a wonderful weekend reading "The Queen's Dwarf." It was the perfect get-away! The gorgeous cover gave a glimpse of all that was inside, and author Ella Chase March delivered on her promises. This is a book to cozy down with an enjoy. I highly recommend it. Ms March writes like the best of the historical fiction authors. There is a depth and sensitivity to her writing. The historical background is thoroughly researched, you can easily discern, as well as the cultural details. Her richness of place and time set the stage for a story that is intriguing and heartwarming at the same time. I was swept up from the first chapter. There are many characters to love in this novel. But, who wouldn't fall for the dwarf, Jeffrey? He is small, but beautiful in "design." His heart is big and his courage is monumental! I loved the way Ms March created him. I loved his loyalty and his intelligence, too. Amongst the great menagerie the Queen held dear, Jeffrey was the heart. I felt like he was the light in a dark time. This is a novel that you can't miss. Beautifully written, exceptional plot, and characters who live and breathe. I think you'll be pleased if you add this one to your reading list this winter. 5 stars Deborah/TheBookishDame

  • Loreta
    2018-12-23 01:06

    What a nice start of the 2014!Extremely enjoyed "The Queen's Dwarf". Anyone, who rated this book three stars or something like it,probably read something else.This books is definitely five stars and more.There is nothing right now out like it in historical fiction.I've read about 90% of all the historical novels out there and I assure you,there is nothing written about Henrietta Maria's dwarf Jeffery Hudson."The Queen's Dwarf" is impeccably researched book and everyone who reads it,breaths and lives through Jeffrey Hudson.Honestly,I thought if nobody will kill that despicable human being Lord Buckingham,I will have to do something about it!Concept and material wise, this novel is way above some of the recent published novels,which where praised through all the sites around the globe."The Queen's Dwarf" really captivates you from the first page to the last.Ella doesn't steer away from the historical facts either,what I really appreciate.I was rooting so much for the little man and all the menagerie of freaks,that I was really saddened, when I had to turn the last page.I really hope,the story of this courageous and adventurous Lord Minimus will be continued in a near future.No pressure!LOL

  • Jenny Q
    2019-01-08 08:07

    Giveaway thru May 5th @Let Them Read Books!The moment I saw this book, I wanted to read it. I'm interested in learning more about the English Civil Wars, I'd been keen to read one of Ella March Chase's books, and I'm always on the lookout for something unique in English historical fiction, and if you are too, you should add The Queen's Dwarf to your list. Ms. Chase paints a vivid picture of life at court from an unusual and refreshing angle, that of an entertainer, and not just any entertainer, but one of the wonders of England at the time, Jeffrey Hudson, or as he was commonly known, Lord Minimus, a perfectly formed human in miniature.Discovered by the Duke and Duchess of Buckingham, Jeffrey is thrust from a life of poverty and dancing in the market square to earn a few coins for his starving family into a world filled with more wealth, more splendor, and more excess than he could have imagined. He is presented as a gift to the young French queen, Henrietta Maria, who has a soft spot for misfits and curiosities. As a member of the queen's "Menagerie of Freaks," Jeffrey is treated to such luxuries as a room of his very own, more clothes than he can wear, and all the food he can eat, and, as he works his way into Her Majesty's heart, he is showered with personal gifts, and one of the greatest gifts of all, an education. But he has a hard time reveling in his good fortune, for he carries a burdensome secret: he is a spy for the Duke of Buckingham. The duke is King Charles's favorite, though he is despised by just about everyone else in England for his military disasters and his influence on the king. And the duke despises the queen most of all, for she alone has the power to usurp his position in the king's heart, and her Catholic faith and powerful Catholic allies could have the power to tip the tenuous religious balance in England. So while Jeffrey entertains the lonely and isolated young queen, and comes to care for his menagerie family, he is forced to share her secrets with her worst enemy, or watch his family suffer the consequences. But as pressure mounts on the queen and England teeters on the brink of war, Jeffrey will have to decide how far he is prepared to go to save his family, and how far he will go to save the queen he has grown to love from the man determined to destroy her.I very much enjoyed The Queen's Dwarf and reading about the court of Charles I from Jeffrey's intimate, inside point of view. Aside from a few instances of "as you know, Bob" dialogue, the book is very well written. My biggest disappointment came after I finished and I discovered that a lot of the content was fictional. Most of the characters were real historical figures, (including Jeffrey and the giant Will Evans--the queen even had her portrait painted with Jeffrey and Pug the monkey, by van Dyck, no less) but several of the big plot points that involved Jeffrey did not actually happen. So while I really enjoyed the story, I felt a bit deflated upon finding out how much dramatic license had been taken. Silly, I know. I'm not necessarily a historical purist. But I do like fiction about real people to be more fact than fiction, and if it's not, I kind of like to know that going in. But the depiction of the time period is marvelous, and because Jeffrey is from the shambles, the reader gets to experience both the best and worst that life had to offer people of different social stations during this time. The political and religious turmoil is also well depicted. Enough to give me a clear picture of what was going on without overloading the story. And I very much enjoyed getting to know a young Henrietta Maria, and through her, a little bit of Charles I. I thought this passage eloquently summed up the pressure heaped upon Henrietta from all sides, and the ridiculousness of it:The pope, the dowager queen, the king of France, Buckingham and Richlieu, even King Charles had flung a fifteen-year-old princess into the center of their religious battles. What had they expected would happen? That this slender young woman would sort out a tangle no one had been able to unravel since Martin Luther had nailed his protest onto a church door?Overall, The Queen's Dwarf was a winner for me. It's a truly unique novel full of interesting characters, intrigue and betrayal, woven around moments of magic and wonder, laughs and love. Jeffrey has a long life ahead of him in Henrietta Maria's menagerie, and when he's older some really exciting stuff does actually happen to him, so I can't help but hope Ms. Chase will someday pen a sequel.

  • Blue
    2019-01-09 08:50

    Thanks to Goodreads First Reads for a copy of The Queen's Dwarf.Chase's novel is loosely based on Jeffrey Hudson's life, as the historic note at the back of the book details. A fictional tale of treason and love is intertwined with the actual facts regarding the problematic reign of King Charles I with his French Catholic queen, Henrietta-Maria. The lives of some real-life royal entertainers, who served alongside Hudson to make the royals laugh, is augmented with the made-up tales of other "freaks" and villains. The Duke of Buckingham and his treacherous accomplice Lady Lucy Hay, as well as Buckingham's household are also well represented in the book. Especially the Duke is presented as the master plotter in many ways.The novel is slow to start. It was difficult to get into it in the beginning, I think mainly because the story is told in first-person from Hudson's point of view. Like most first-person narratives, it seems almost unnatural, especially as the character goes through ideas and possibilities in his head for pages. This allows Chase to develop Hudson'c character well, but all other characters are a bit flat, as we only understand and know as much as the fool understands and knows. At times, Chase overrides this shortcoming of the first-person narrative by making her characters have conversations that I found a bit unrealistic. For example, would the royal ladies really discuss a commoner (Ware) and his childhood while playing cards in the palace? Most importantly, were the British so open with their talk, as even now they are probably the most convoluted and subtle speakers of the English language, with their roundabout ways of saying things. So at times, it seemed that Chase had to get information to the reader which Hudson's character could not in the first-person narrative, so other characters had rather open and honest discussions to serve this purpose. On the other hand, the first-person narrative really worked to wind up the story in many twists. So after the first third of the book, the story gets nicely twisted, as Hudson knows less and is trapped and coerced more, and the hostilities against the queen and Buckingham increase. Bu the last third, the book is truly a page-turner, as the reader finds out just what Hudson didn't know, and all the lies people were telling each other. In this regard, the first-person narrative is a good tool, and Chase wields it masterfully.Overall, The Queen's Dwarf is a good read, and a good way to peek into the royal court during King Charles I's reign and the Church of England vs. Catholic wars.Recommended for those who like monkeys, giants, and chest tube insertion.

  • Lissa
    2019-01-08 07:39

    This book was a very pleasant surprise. I am a fan of historical fiction and read it widely, but this may be the first book of fiction that I have read relating the early marriage of King Charles I and Henrietta-Maria. The book follows Jeffrey Hudson, a teenage dwarf, who is sold into the service of the Duke of Buckingham who in turn gives him to the Queen in order to spy on her and her household. Jeffrey was a real person with a fascinating life and it is ingeniously written about in this novel. I was so involved in the story that I did not want it to end and I hope that the author plans to turn this into a series...there is definitely enough historical material left to write about. I was fortunate to win this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.

  • Angela
    2019-01-01 00:56

    This is a highly original and very well written book. I was entertained from the beginning and the unique perspective kept me captivated all the way through. I wouldn't be surprised to see this as a television series at some point in the future! Highly recommend!

  • Maddie Fritz
    2018-12-31 02:42

    I hate to place this book next to 'Narcropolis' in my "Couldn't Finish" shelf. By page 80, I was still waiting for the plot to happen. Too many details make for a great visual experience, but even that wasn't intriguing enough to keep me interested.

  • Linden
    2018-12-29 07:52

    Ella March Chase has written a fictional account of Jeffrey Hudson, the court dwarf of England's Queen Henrietta Maria of France, wife of Charles I of England. In 1626 his father sold him to the Duke of Buckingham. The Duke and Duchess presented him to the young Queen as the finale of a banquet. A large venison pie was brought in and Jeffrey arose through the crust. He was eighteen inches tall and wearing a suit of miniature armor.His purpose, from Buckingham's perspective, was to spy on the Queen for him. Buckingham hoped to find treasonous wishes on her part for putting forth Catholicism for England in order to pull her down. From the Queen's view, he was considered a 'natural curiosity' or pet. Jeffrey learned to amuse her, create entertainments and became part of the Queen's 'Menagerie' (or her Royal Menagerie of Freaks and Curiosities of Nature) who lived at court. These included the Welsh giant,William Evans, two other dwarves, a rope dancer, an animal trainer, a monkey named Pug, dogs and caged birds.I chose the book because I had a strong memory of the Velasquez Las Meninas (Maids of Honour) from an undergraduate Art History class with Ms. Ravenal at R.I.S.D. It was a provocative painting for many reasons: the compositional structure, focal point, lighting, mirror image of the King and Queen, and the self-portrait of Velasquez himself. My takeaway from that painting, however, was cultural: the royals collected people as if they were animals or jewels.Regarding dwarves: Inspection of these two paintings highlight an important difference in Jeffrey and why he was so famous:Velasquez--Las Meninas: Court of King Phillip IV of Spain, 1656. Van Dyck--Queen Henrietta Maria with Sir Jeffrey Hudson: Court of King Charles I of England, 1633. Of the two dwarves in Las Meninas, Maria Barbola, facing forward, was an achondroplasiac dwarf, having a disproportionately large skull, very round face, usually with a depressed nose, and a normal trunk but with short arms and legs in comparison. However Jeffrey was an anomaly among most people with dwarfism. He was perfectly proportioned--in effect, a miniature or a proportionate dwarf--and, according to historical records, had grown very little from age seven to thirty. In the Van Dyck, he would have been about fourteen.I was interested in how his role with the Queen changed over time. Originally intended to be a spy, he became a friend, confidant, and a supporter. It seemed a very unlikely reality, but must have arisen from Jeffrey's talents, intelligence and wit, for such doors to have opened to him.On the other hand, two things bothered me. My smaller discomfort was that Chase changed Jeffrey's age to to teen years; historically, he was seven at the time. It seemed to me that such a difference in ages (she seventeen; he, seven) would have made their relationship over time span interesting stages as he and she aged.Secondly, the other problem: It appeared that some sections of the story didn't have enough of a historical record for her to sustain the level of complexity and content. The story grew thinner in places.To me, this is sometimes the case in historical fiction based on a real person. The author is in a potentially tough spot. Should she add what could have happened and piece it together with what is known, or should she stick to what is known and what authorities of the period surmise? This fictional account seemed to have been hampered either by the constraints of non-fiction or by a failure of enough research to provide a framework upon which to build the fiction. The author seemed not to have cleanly chosen between them.In the end, I wonder if it might have been better to have written the story of a person not named Jeffrey Hudson, but admittedly based upon his life, for the freedom of creating a more uniform and unified tale. (368 p.)

  • The Lit Bitch
    2019-01-12 07:51

    3.5 starsI can honestly say this novel is much different than anything out on the market currently. The main character, Jeffery Hudson, is based on a real life person and real life events.I have read a lot of Tudor/Stuart era lit recently and a lot of it seems to run together without a lot setting one story apart from another, but this one sets itself apart from the genre.Jeffery is cunning, cleaver, and reading from his perspective was a delight. I thought the author did a fine job bringing his character to life in this work of fiction.I know it’s often hard to write a work of fiction based on a real life character. There is a delicate balance between what is historic fact or known about the character and how the author wants to portray them and portray how they will react to certain events within the story.In this book, I thought the actions fit the character and time period and historic events very well. She also did a great job with the Menagerie as well. I can’t imagine how it must have been for Jeffery being more or less part of a freak show, more of a pet than anything else.There was a lot of detail put into the story and characters but at times it felt like a little too much detail. For me it slowed the story down when it finally start picking up. That was a bit of a struggle for me and maybe a little more refinement might have been useful to help move things a long.The suspense was a little too stretched out for me as well. Personally I liked the built up but then when I thought the climax was at its peak–it wasn’t. That style was a little off for me. I don’t think it would effect a lot of audiences but for me it was an unnecessary distraction.That said, there is much to love in this novel! The story is an original one and much different from the typical run of the mill Tudor/Stuart novels. If you are a historic fiction fan or like this period in history, then you will find a lot to enjoy in this novel for sure!See my full review here

  • Sarah
    2019-01-03 07:51

    Book received for free through GoodReads First Reads program in exchange for an honest review. Thanks for the book!Ms. Chase really knows how to bring history to life. From the harsh world of the London slums to the vivid colors of Stuart courtly pageants, she drops her readers smack daub into a world of intrigue, emotion, and life. I really enjoyed the timeframe she chose to write about. I personally didn't know that much about it, so learning something while enjoying my fiction was an added bonus. The character of Jeffery Hudson fascinated me. As he's described in one line, he's a man whose spirit and heart are bigger than his physical body. I found him so complex. His deep remorse for the course he's forced to travel, his developing loyalty to the menagerie and his Queen, and a heart so much larger than his physical size all came together into a individual that kept me spellbound. I got so wrapped up in his struggles and triumphs that I was upset that the journey was over! If the author ever decides to explore more of his life, I will definitely be in line for that book.The other people in this book also shined with brilliance and individuality. From honorable giant Will to gentle dwarf Sara to the wily Duke of Buckingham, I felt each of these people in my soul. They all were as complex as Jeffrey, with their own motivations and insights. Not every author is able to balance the secondary characters with their heroes as well as Ella March Chase. It was a pleasant surprise. This is definitely a fantastic piece of historical fiction. Not only are we transported to another time and place through spectacular period detail and storytelling, but the reader lives the times. The characters in the book all shown with brilliance, hero and secondary characters alike. No one was as they seemed which made for a pleasant reading experience. I definitely recommend this book to any lover of historical fiction.

  • Meg - A Bookish Affair
    2019-01-06 02:07

    3.5 stars. "The Queen's Dwarf" is the story of Jeffrey Hudson, a dwarf, who becomes a part of Queen Henrietta Marie's (consort of King Charles I) menagerie. Yes, he becomes more of a pet than a part of the court. It was sort of sad to me how he was treated but such was life for so many that didn't fit the definition of "normal" in 1629. Jeffrey becomes a spy in the court for the Duke of Buckingham, a guy that leaves something to be desired in the way of congeniality. I enjoyed following Jeffrey's story in this book!This story was a really different take on the typical court story. I liked that it followed a very different character in Jeffrey. He is not the typical character and it made for a much more interesting storyline to me! This book has a lot of intrigue in it with Jeffrey's spying, which I really enjoyed reading about. It took me awhile to get into the story and while the story was interesting, I thought some parts could have been slimmed down a bit but overall, my fellow historical fiction lovers are probably going to find a lot to like about this story.I really found it interesting that Jeffrey's character was based on a real person. The author really did a good job of bringing Jeffrey and the rest of the people in the book to life. There is a lot of good detail about what it might be like to be on the sort of periphery of the court and not really being allowed to fully participate. I really liked reading about Jeffrey and some of the other people in Queen Henrietta Marie's menagerie. It had to be so strange to be treated more like a pet than a person. I really felt for those people. Overall, I really enjoyed this off-the-beaten-path tale!

  • Sue
    2019-01-11 04:42

    There are two things that I require in my historical novels, first I want to learn something about the time period that the book is set in and second, I want a compelling story. The Queen's Dwarf met both of those criteria. I really enjoy books about the inner workings of the courts of Europe during the 1500s to 1700s. The opulence, and expense seems overwhelming as does the total immersion of the upper class in providing the king and queen with constant entertainment. In this book, Chase tells us about the court of Henrietta Maria, the Catholic and French queen of Charles I, English and Protestant, and about her menagerie or collection of freaks as well as the tension surrounding Charles I, Parliament and the common English people. The story line centers around an actual historical character, the dwarf, Jeffrey Hudson, and his relationship with the queen. Unknown to the queen, Jeffrey has been forced to be a spy by the Earl of Buckingham. Jeffrey's dislike of the Earl, and of his job in spying on the queen and his subsequent love for the queen are all discussed in detail since the novel is written from Jeffrey's point of view. The story of the intrigues of the court, Jeffrey's worry over his brother, Samuel, the safety of the queen, and the hatred of the English for their French queen is well-written and easy to read. I definitely recommend this book for those who enjoy historical fiction, intrigue, or suspenseful novels.

  • Jill
    2019-01-07 04:04

    Thank you to the Goodreads First Reads giveaways program for choosing me to receive The Queen’s Dwarf. It is truly such a gift for book lovers to “win” the opportunity to own, read and review books before they are released to or realized by the wider public.Ella March Chase’s historical novel is set in 1629 London, during the reign of King Charles I and Henrietta-Maria, the young French queen. The story follows Jeffery Hudson as he leaves the familiarity of the village shambles and enters the lush, albeit dangerous royal household to serve as a spy for the Duke of Buckingham. Because of his small stature, he is dubbed “Lord Minimus,” and is recruited to entertain the lonely queen alongside her group of “Freaks and Curiosities of Nature.” While at court, he realizes where his true alliances lie, and is forced to make some difficult decisions. Chase does a nice job of illuminating both impoverished and opulent settings, as well as the political and religious turmoil of this era. Jeffery is easy to empathize with. There is plenty of action, though there are also some fairly slow, dry sections of spoken and inner dialogue. Overall, I found The Queen’s Dwarf an interesting read about the unlikely friendship that developed between the queen and her diminutive companion during this tumultuous period of England’s history.

  • V.E. Lynne
    2019-01-14 04:42

    At the age of sixteen, Henrietta Maria of France is sent to England to marry King Charles I. Henrietta is a Catholic and, at a court still scarred by the after effects of the Gunpowder plot of 1605, she immediately becomes a figure of suspicion. Her husband is completely dominated by the sinister Duke of Buckingham and Henrietta is left to fend for herself. She gathers about her a 'Royal Menagerie of Freaks and Curiosities of Nature' one of the whom is the dwarf Jeffrey Hudson, known as 'Lord Minimus'. Jeffrey and Henrietta strike up a close friendship but Jeffrey is a reluctant double agent under the control of Buckingham and the ominous Uriel Ware. Buckingham wants the queen dead; Jeffrey falls in love with her and will do anything to protect her, even go up against the dastardly duke himself. "The Queen's Dwarf" is an intriguing, sumptuous tale, very well told by Ella March Chase. Jeffrey Hudson is a character who immediately captures the affection of the reader as do the other inhabitants of the 'menagerie of freaks', especially the Welsh giant Will Evans. Thoroughly enjoyed this book.

  • Donna Peterson
    2018-12-28 08:43

    The Queen's Dwarf was a fantastic novel that did not have a dull moment. It keeps readers on their toes throughout the entire thing. Jeffery Hudson is a fantastic character who does not settle for second best, he endears many hardships that cause him to admit to things he has wrongly done however is forgiven under the circumstances that he is a necessity to everyone and they would not know how to get on without him. The curiosities are a wonderful mixture of talent and skill that leaves readers bewildered in the fact that they are so perfectly created. Every reader should have in fact developed an attachment to one of the characters. They are presented in such a way that it is impossible not to love each and every one of them. Henrietta Maria is a fabulous character who throughout the novel makes great character development and in the process learns to love and accept that she is greatly loved by others. With that thought in mind it is why Henrietta Maria and Jeffery shared such a strong bond, that could not be broken even by death.

  • Brandi
    2019-01-21 00:54

    I was unexpectedly surprised with the enjoyment I got out of this book because when I started reading I didn't know if it would be much to my taste. However, the way Ella March Chase portrayed the characters in her book and brought them to life was a joyful time spent reading The Queen's Dwarf. I had a hard time putting down the book whenever I needed to get something done besides reading. Ella really knows how to suck you into her characters lives so you feel like you are living through the ups and downs of life with them; I cried with the characters during defeat and heart ache and celebrated with them during their victories throughout the book.

  • Carol
    2019-01-16 05:39

    *First Reads Giveaway*I was a bit skeptical how the storyline would go with this book. A dwarf as a spy? Sounded a bit out there. But, Game of Thrones had introduced a compelling dwarf character, so I thought I would give this one a try too. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. All the intrigue, betrayal, and drama of a royal historical novel, with a twist. And the story was completely believable and very enjoyable. Most interesting was the historical notes at the end. Jeffrey and his menagerie friends are based on actual historical figures. Loved it!

  • Jessica
    2018-12-29 02:48

    **I received this as part of a goodreads giveaway**I was so excited to read this, I usually love historical fiction, especially ones set in Britain. But, this book just turned out as a disappointment for me. It took SO long to even become remotely interesting, and honestly it never got that interesting. There were so many details that I felt like it was slowing down the progress of the story. The premise was original and would have been an extremely great read if it wasn't bogged down with boring little details.

  • Barbara
    2019-01-10 08:05

    It took me awhile to become absorbed in this book. Perhaps it was the style of writing, which seemed overly descriptive, that caused this. Once I reached about page 100, the story became much more interesting and I was then curious to find out the rest of the story. Some of the subject matter was a bit disturbing, but I think the author was staying true to how things were in the 1600s. The story wrapped up nicely. A satisfying read for those interested in historical fiction.

  • Regina
    2019-01-10 06:58

    This book was immensely intriguing and so well written. I have not read much from the time period of King Charles the 1st and The Queen's Dwarf was a lovely introduction to this era. This was an incredibly entertaining tale from a unique perspective, and I cannot wait to read more from this time period or from this author.

  • Debby Dimeglio
    2019-01-02 01:00

    another book I won on goodreads. Loved it. An historical novel filled with intrigue, spies, the royal court life, love, hate and sadness. A book based on one person's life. A person you want to know. Who goes from rags to living in the palace although not a happy life a very interesting one. I highly recommend it.

  • Maureen Dittmar
    2018-12-22 08:37

    Chase delivers a book that you can't put down. The characters become so real and compelling, that spending time with them becomes a priority! I loved it! Available now for pre purchase; out January 21st. This would be a GREAT book club selection. Are you listening Oprah?

  • Dorcas
    2019-01-12 06:07

    I temporarily lost interest in this so I'm putting it aside for a while. I'm sure I'll go back to it when the mood strikes. For now ive marked it "read " just to get it off my currently reading shelf since it makes me anxious, staring at me the way it does.

  • Sara Rast
    2019-01-01 03:52

    So good!

  • Tony Parsons
    2018-12-31 01:56

    wow

  • Mary
    2019-01-05 01:55

    This book did not hold my interest - moved too slow.

  • Mark Levandoski
    2019-01-15 03:58

    An enjoyable look into an interesting period of time. Fascinating to discover the realities,that are woven into the story.Very good reading!

  • Kiki Hughes
    2019-01-02 08:06

    Fabulous book describing a little known character in history. Absolutely loved it

  • Marcia
    2019-01-06 05:44

    stopped halfway through. too wordy. I read the last 10 pages and I was good.