Mistress of the King by Rex Summer

Susan Taylor is a little girl who wants to be a queen.  A thrilling encounter with a real queen is a fairy-tale for her – with unexpected consequences which change her life, making her unable to fit in with her peers.
Forced to move to the capital several years later, the now sixteen year old catches the eye of the widowed king.  His attention could be equally disastrous, for the Church is stretching its muscles and doesn’t approve of mistresses, and the nobles would prefer their own daughters in the king’s bed, not to mention with the king’s ear.
Adrift in a sea of intrigue, Susan finds unexpected strength and help at hand.  But are they really her friends?  Can she trust them when it matters?  Most important of all, can she trust her own instincts?
This is the early life of one of the more engaging characters from In Search of Spice, and it opens up a window into conditions in Harrhein – and indeed into the history of Europe.
Many of the characters are reminiscent of famous people from history, and it is fun working out who they are.
A romp through 16th century Europe as it might have been, offering insights into the ordinary lives of people.
Princes and Kings, intrigue, magic, affairs, military skills, early dances, the theatre.  A book that takes you at pace through history, making you wonder what really happened.

As a young girl, Susan serendipitously met the King and Queen and that chance meeting grew into a relationship with the couple that forever changed Susan’s life and alienated her from her peers. As she grew into a young woman, circumstances required Susan to leave her home and move to the capital, where she caught the eye of the now-widowed King. Wow. What is there NOT to say about this book? I am a huge fan of books like George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series where there is intrigue abound and the characters have no idea who they can trust. I’m also a fan of historical fiction and historical romance. This book has it all. Set in a the fictional country of Harrhein, the world is close enough to our own that I sometimes had trouble remembering that the country was fiction because the author so skillfully wove details from our actual history into his tapestry. Playing on Church versus state, class strife, military action, intrigue, and magic, this book has something for everyone. Due to the nature of the relationship between the King and Susan, however, I would only recommend it to mature readers 16+.

Reviewed by HR Duby for Romance Authors that Rock
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