Michelle Diener has always had a passion for reading and writing. She began writing stories when her parents gave her a typewriter for her twelfth birthday, and she hasn’t stopped since. Born in London and raised in South Africa, she now lives on the west coast of Australia with her husband and two small children.
Dangerous Sanctuaryby Michelle Diener
Available as an eBook, Dangerous Sanctuary is a short story set between In a Treacherous Court, the first novel featuring Susanna Horenbout and John Parker, the “King’s Blade,” and Keeper of the King’s Secrets, the second novel a featuring Susanna and Parker, published in April 2012.
Artist Susanna Horenbout is commissioned by King Henry VIII to paint a picture of the ceremony in St. Paul’s Cathedral to commemorate the capture of the French king Francis I in battle. While working on a sketch before the ceremony begins, Susanna overhears a bitter nobleman hinting at violence to the King, and she realizes she might be the only one who can stop an attack on Henry. As the King makes his way to the cathedral though the cheering crowds, Susanna desperately tries to find a way to save his life—while saving the nobleman from the certain death his anger will bring down upon him.
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This has everything I love in a story of any length. Smart characters who do brave things because it's part of who they are, and an unstable villain who has a reason for going a little crazy. Throw in the very realistic danger and the wonderful ending, and this is a reader's gem. Because of its short length and the enjoyment it gave me, I know I'm going to read this at least a few times.
This short story continues the author's impressive ability to create an interesting and realistic plot that rings true to the period but captures the modern reader's interest and build a richly-textured world in which fascinating, multi-dimensional, complex characters live and breathe. Good suspense, excellent characterization, outstanding historical background. Highly recommended.