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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Queen’s Dog is a work of fiction in the historical, personal drama and suspense sub-genres, and was penned by author N. L. Holmes. An Empire At Twilight Novel, this story is set in the ancient Syrian kingdom of Ugarit, and once again takes us into an amazing intrigue with plenty of conspiracies and drama, but no explicit graphic content. This emotive story focuses on Naheshi, slave to the queen, and under the impression that she has deeper feelings for him. When the opportunity to spy on her is raised by those who suspect her, Naheshi goes through terrible conflict, and his actions lead him to a darkness and guilt he must do everything to put right.
Once again, author N. L. Holmes has captivated me with her smooth prose and lively depiction of life and conflict during ancient times. Not knowing a lot about ancient Syria at all, I was immensely grateful for the glossary and brief history here, which helped with those odd moments where I didn’t get the customs or the religious ideas being referenced. But even without those extras, the story flows, educates and entertains as we get deep inside Naheshi’s head. He wasn’t a protagonist whom I immediately liked, and that made it all the more interesting to see him develop through dialogue and excellently penned action scenes, slowly coming to root for him as he finds himself in deep turmoil. Overall, I would highly recommend The Queen’s Dog to fans of ancient historical fiction which is both well penned and vividly portrayed.