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10 May 2014

New Book Review: The Queen’s Exiles by Barbara Kyle

1572. Europe is in turmoil. A vengeful faction of exiled English Catholics is plotting to overthrow Queen Elizabeth and install her cousin Mary, Queen of Scots on the throne. In the Netherlands, the streets are red with the blood of those who dare to oppose the brutal Spanish occupation...

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Canadian historical fiction author Barbara Kyle’s experience really shines through in the sixth of her Thornleigh Saga series, The Queen’s Exiles.  Set in the Spanish occupied Netherlands, we follow the adventures of our hero and heroine as they attempt an audaciously daring rescue of Lord Thornleigh’s children. We are drawn into a meticulously researched world of Dutch underground fighters, known as the ‘Brethren,’ who fight on against seemingly impossible odds.

Barbara has a talent for ‘cliffhanger’ chapter endings that keep you reading. In turns exciting, poignant, chilling and romantic, I particularly liked the way the true life and mysterious ‘Sea Beggars’ – seafaring rebels and buccaneers - are woven into the fictional narrative.  I knew little of the Dutch revolt against Spanish rule but it makes a great backdrop for a good old-fashioned adventure story.  

About the Author

Before becoming an author Barbara Kyle enjoyed a twenty-year acting career in television, film, and stage productions in Canada and the U.S. Barbara and her husband live in Ontario, where she presents  workshops and master classes for writers and talks about Tudor history.  Her Thornleigh Saga novels – Blood Between Queens, The Queen’s Gamble, The Queen’s Captive, The King’s Daughter and The Queen’s Lady – follow an English family’s rise through three Tudor reigns during which they make hard choices about loyalty, allegiance, family, and love. Barbara also writes contemporary thrillers and over 425,000 copies of her books have been sold in seven countries.  More information is at her website and you can find her on Twitter at @BKyleAuthor


  1. Thank you, Tony! I'm so glad you enjoyed the adventure.

    1. Looking forward to number seven now Barbara!


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