Official Review: The Queen's Dog by N.L. Holmes

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Official Review: The Queen's Dog by N.L. Holmes

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[Following is an official review of "The Queen's Dog" by N.L. Holmes.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Man's quest for relevance never ends. There's always the desire to do things that make us appear brave and strong. But sometimes, the line between right and wrong actions can be blurry. This is the struggle that N. L. Holmes portrays in The Queen's Dog.

Nahish-shulmanu, or Naheshi (as he preferred to be addressed), was a eunuch and chamberlain to the queen of Ugarit. Having served his mistress faithfully for years, he was horrified when the dowager queen, the king's mother, ordered him to spy on the queen. With his loyalties torn, he found himself making several hard decisions — not knowing who to protect. With each choice he made, he wondered if he was doing the right thing.

This novel is a coin of two sides. On one side, there are betrayals, treacheries, and acts of cowardice. On the flip side, there are acts of courage, self-sacrifice, and love. Somehow, it reflects real-life struggles — the kinds that most people go through but refuse to talk about.

Several things fascinate me about this book. I admire how each of the characters seems to live their own lives with distinctive thought patterns and behaviors. They are real, human, and have flaws. They also take responsibility for their actions — not just doing things to fit into the story. I feel like I've come to know and understand each of them and how they will react in a particular situation. Hence, I applaud the author for developing the book's characters excellently.

I love the author's writing style. She switched between direct and indirect speech and between different characters' perspectives in a way that gave me a holistic view of the story. I also marveled at the author's ability to squeeze out emotions from me. I switched between laughter and tears of sorrow. However, the latter was more predominant. The book had a moving, gripping narrative that reached into my heart. This was my favorite aspect of the book.

Since this was a historical fiction book, it contained some terms that might be unfamiliar to most people. Therefore, I was grateful for the brief explanation provided at the beginning of the book. Additionally, there was a glossary of terms at the end of the book. Everything about this book was well thought out.

I only found one error. Hence, it was professionally edited. There was minimal use of profanity. However, the level of violence this book contained would require parental guidance for children aged 13 and below to read it.

I thought the storyline was unique and beautifully crafted. I rate The Queen's Dog 4 out of 4 stars, and I recommend it to people who love historical novels with a truckload of tension and emotional elements.

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Post by EmerwenC »

Ugarit? That's a place I've never heard of before! Sounds like a good read.

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Post by evraealtana »

I previously reviewed another of N. L. Holmes's books and adored it. Now I make sure to check out reviews of all her new releases, too; so far I haven't found anyone saying anything negative about any of her work. I'm glad this one is up to the standard of the others. It makes me excited to read it! Thank you for your lovely and informative review. :tiphat:

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Post by Nelson Lyric »

Well, this is a pull between royalty and betrayal. I can imagine being told to spy on the person you pledge your loyalty to. This review is quite a glimpse of the book, thanks to Sam for the tremendous work.
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Post by Chigo Nwagboso »

This isn't going to be easy on Naheshi. Seems to be an intriguing book. Great book.

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Post by shreyagupta »

Love the books that mirror real-life struggles, thanks for a great review!

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Post by Tablito »

The glossary at the end of the book gives readers who are unfamiliar with historical fiction terms an easy time.

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Post by raluca_mihaila »

Wow, this book seems like a rollercoaster of emotions! Thank you for your great review!

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Post by Ogbara »

This book looks like it has a lot of lessons to be learned. Great review.

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Post by Fabulous mind »

Nahish-shulmanu having faced such dilemma, I can't help but wonder on whose side he would be at. Great review.

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Post by Ada Ling »

" historical novels with a truckload of tension and emotional elements." - This book has good combination. I also like the way you articulate your review. Thank you!

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