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The Queen's Guard: Violet

(The Queen's Guard #1)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  90 ratings  ·  13 reviews
In the year 1147, Queen Eleanor and King Louis traverse to Jerusalem for the Second Crusade. Along with her fancy bedding and wine, the wily young queen brings five lovely and talented women: her spies.

Among them is the beautiful widow Isabella de Lacey, whose duty is to infiltrate Emperor Manuel’s inner circle and skillfully extract information. Will he aid the queen’s co
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ebook, 260 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Medallion Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Stephanie
Apr 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
The year is 1147, and Lady Isabella de Lacey is traveling to Jerusalem with Queen Eleanor, King Louis of France, and his army of crusaders as a member of the Queen’s Guard. Having first arrived in Constantinople, the Queen has Isabella spy on Raoul Laskaris, Emperor Manuel’s closest guard, not knowing that Raoul is acting as a spy for Manuel.

Isabella is fiercely loyal to the Queen, because she saved Isabella from an abusive husband and will give her life to protect her. Knowing she could possibl
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Therese
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I got this book because I thought there would be more historical content in it, but although it is set when Eleanor and Louis go on their Crusade in 1147, there isn't much real history in this book except for the fact that they stay with Emperor Manuel in Constantinople.

However we all know that Eleanor had her own way of doing things, and this book takes an idea that she may have had although unlikely. She forms her own well-trained Guard of five beautiful women (Isabella, Sarah, Mamie , Fa
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Nancy
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, romance
Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, married to King Louis VII of France, joins him on a campaign to the Crusades. Along the way to Jerusalem, they accept the hospitality of Emperor Manuel in Constantinople. The emperor’s personal bodyguard Raoul is stunned to see the ladies who guard the lovely French queen dressed in battle-ready gear. He’s especially dismayed when his liege orders him to gain information by sticking close to Lady Isabella. Using the code name Violet, she’s under oath to the queen and ...more
Chandra
Mar 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Special thank you to author Traci E. Hall for sending me the pdf and allowing me to read this book. I recommend her book LOVE's MAGIC. You will love it.

WHAT I LIKED
Each character was easily identifiable. I know there was a history lesson in there somewhere. I could not quite figure it out but appreciated author notes at end to clarify. Raoul was "hot".

WHAT I DID NOT LIKE
The book read more like a play to me than a book. Too much dialogue was distracting as events occurred. Historically confusing.
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Amanda Richardson
Apr 17, 2013 rated it liked it
I really didn't care for this book, it just never sparked anything for me. The only character I actually liked was Bella, the female lead. I didn't like Raoul, the male lead, and I didn't like all of the other ladies in the Queen's guard. It was kind of tedious reading. I am interested in reading more factual information on Eleanor of Aquataine, but if there were more books on any of the ladies in her guard, I'm not even interested. ...more
Beckey
Apr 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, romance
The year is 1147, traveling to Jerusalem for a second crusade is Queen Eleanor. The devious young queen brings her five talented women as her spies.
The widow Isabella is one the five ladies sent with the queen. She is to entice Raoul who is one the men that works with the emperor for information.
The book read more like a history book to me than an actual story. Overall the book was an OK read, not something that I would normally pick up and read but it was Kindle Freebie.
Patricia
Apr 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eleanor of Aquitaine has always fascinated me. The Queen's Guard looks an her in an interesting way. She is traveling with her husband King Louis of France on the Second Crusade to the Holy Land (true) when the French army stops in Constantinople. Eleanor is accompanied with the female Queen's Guard (fiction) five
beautiful women who are spies. An entertaining read.

Sex: there are two brief scenes involving Violet
No violence
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Mandy
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
I downloaded this book because it was a kindle freebie and seemed like a quick read. It was a quick read and the over-all concept was interesting enough, a little far-fetched, but interesting. If the other books are free I'll read them but I won't be spending money to buy them. ...more
Deborah Morgan
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Just the right mix of political intrigue, history, and romance to keep one entertained. Set in Constantinople in the 1100's chronicling King Louis' visit on his Holy Crusade. While Queen Eleanor's guard may not have been real, they really should have been. Strong women charaters. ...more
E.
Jun 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, romance
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Delle Hall
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down. Raoul is a hottie, and Bella tames him! I loved the historical facts that were entwined with the characters. I've been a Traci E. Hall fan since Love's Magic! ...more
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