I always love to learn about different characters in history, and this book has introduced me to such a character! The story of 'Nat' is based on the real life character Jeffrey Hudson, who found himself close to the royal action during the very turbulent times of the 17th Century. Using this character gave a really fascinating insight into that period of history and to get his perspective of the goings on at Court, obviously with some artistic licence!
But in creating the character of Nat, it also allowed the story to develop as seeing life through the eyes of someone who was 'different' from everyone else and was stared at from a very young age. This bought him to the attention of those with money, and coming from a very poor family, his father used this to his advantage to sell Nat to a wealthy family, who would then gift him to the new Queen as her 'toy'.
The Queen herself was very young and very new to society, so in Nat she found an ally and someone who could understand her feeling out of place. I think the story gives a really good lesson in how to love yourself just as you are and not to try and be someone else.
As the reign of King Charles I is show to be more and more rocky, I loved how the story showed the darker times for the Royal Family building up to 'that' moment in history that still shocks to this day.
I really enjoyed the way the story was written and allowed a different perspective to a momentous time in British history and I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.