I thought it was high time I shared another review of a book I’ve read recently here on my blog. The Queen’s Jester is the first book I’ve read by fellow indie author friend Mishka Jenkins. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it. Here’s my review to have a read of:
When Queen Marie receives a beautiful gift of an emerald amulet at her wedding celebrations, she’s immediately captivated by it. Feeling neglected by her new husband, Warrick, Marie is entranced by the new jester when he arrives. He gives her the affection she craves, but as the story progresses Marie begins to realise that all is not as it seems.
I found this a hugely enjoyable story. The character of Marie was sympathetic and engaging, and the story pulled me as the reader along, with its ups and downs. The story had plenty of twists and turns and I thought the author did well to keep me guessing as to what would happen next. The descriptive passages were vivid and the imagery beautiful. I could easily picture myself with Marie in her winter gardens.
I liked the world that the author created, with the descriptions of the gorgeous gowns Marie wears and the festivities at the palace. The sense of isolation that Marie feels at times was well depicted too and I empathised with her in her predicament.
The one thing that for me didn’t work quite as well was the character of Warrick. I thought that he had a lovely personality, but I was unsure why exactly he wasn’t being demonstrative with Marie. At times I wondered if perhaps he wasn’t attracted to women and so this confused me as the story went on.
But overall this was a book that kept me reading on, wanting to find out what would happen to Marie and if she would find lasting happiness. I would definitely recommend it as a fun, gripping read.