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Devil's Cub

Devil's Cub [Kindle Edition]

Georgette Heyer
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"My favourite historical novelist - stylish, romantic, sharp, and witty. Her sense of period is superb, her heroines are enterprising, and her heroes dashing. I owe her many happy hours" -- Margaret Drabble "Wonderful characters, elegant, witty writing, perfect period detail, and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer achieves what the rest of us only aspire to" -- Katie Fforde "A writer of great wit and style -. I've read her books to ragged shreds" -- Kate Fenton Daily Telegraph

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A historical novel brimming with adventure, romance and passion, featuring the son of a character that readers will remember from These Old Shades.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 468 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1402219539
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital; New Ed edition (5 May 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,895 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Author of over fifty books, Georgette Heyer is the best-known and best-loved of all historical novelists, making the Regency period her own. Her first novel, The Black Moth, published in 1921, was written at the age of fifteen to amuse her convalescent brother; her last was My Lord John. Famous for her historical novels, she also wrote twelve highly acclaimed mystery novels. Georgette Heyer died in 1974 at the age of seventy-one.

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82 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Risk laughing out loud 20 Jan 2007
I found Heyer in my teens, quite by chance, in two translation novels that transmited only a fraction of charm of her writing. The two novels were translations of "These Old Shades" and "Devil's Cub". The translator had clearly thought the job too challenging for such a lowly genre and approached Heyer's exquisite language simply by cutting it down. As the result the two books were half the lenght of the originals. Luckily the younger me was sufficiently charmed by the horrid, honestly self-centered Alistairs to earmark the name of the author. On my first trip to London I picked up "Friday's Child" and, despite the fact that the language was quite challenging for my GCSE-level English, I fell in love with Heyer's comedy, right there, on the first page, as the cliche-on-his-knee-proposal turns into an argument due to the childishnes of the two parties. I went on to read all Heyer's historicals in their original language and I credit Georgette with the fact that I went on to raise my GCSE exam result B to an A* in A-level English.

It was later, when I lived in London, that although I was busy and forgot all about Heyer, I encountered her again. Traveling on public transport I made a hobby of glancing at the titles of the books that other commuters were reading, blank faced and silent. Except not everyone was blank faced. Occasionally a rare reader would be smiling, and not just any old smile, but that deeply amused, slightly paralysed smile that you smile when you are alone in a public place and feel like laughing out loud but can't, because you fear everyone will think you insane. And what would these smilers invariably be reading?
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best 29 Sep 1999
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Georgette Heyer is the queen of historical fiction, but with DEVIL'S CUB she surpasses even herself. It is the most romantic, dramatic, heartstoppingly funny, witty and sharp book she has ever written. In Dominic, the wild, surly Marquis of Vidal, Heyer has created a petulant boy whose dark and dangerous exploits serve to hide a more passionate, loving interior. It is Mary Challoner who makes the book - she is quite simply Heyer's greatest heroine. Pretty, sharp, funny, calm, and with a great sense of humour, she avoids prudery and it's easy to see why Vidal falls for her so hard.
Read it, and don't listen to the snobbish faux intellectuals who'd have you believe Georgette Heyer is fluffy and insubstantial - at her best, she comes close to rivalling Jane Austen.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
In 'These Old Shades', Heyer wrote about a brave, but vulnerable heroine, Leonie, who needed a wordly-wise man to take care of her. This sequel has the same theme, except that the role of the sexes is reversed, and it is Leonie's son, also hampered by a fiery temper and impatient of convention, that needs a 'grown-up' to look after him. One reviewer has said that this is "no better than These Old Shades". Well, These Old Shades is not one of my favourites either, although I do like it. But this is a very different book, probably because it was written much later. The contrast between Dominic's spoilt, ungoverned temper and the prosaic common sense of Mary had me laughing all the way through it. And if you did enjoy "These Old Shades", then you will love the part which includes Justin Alistair, who has not improved with age! His reaction to a revelation which would terrify any normal parent, makes me chuckle just thinking about it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you haven't read it yet GET A COPY NOW! 16 July 2000
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This is one of Gergette Heyer's best . It is certainly my favourite and plenty of other people's too by the number of top reviews it has . I have had my copy for many years and would not part with it . I can only agree with the praise in the other reviews. We all know how these stories are meant to end but there is so much crammed into this tale , so many twists that you are on the edge of your seat wondering if it really will all come right in the end and wishing you could read faster !
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Kindle edition needs some editorial TLC 31 Jan 2011
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I'm a lifelong Georgette Heyer fan - and have never felt the need to conceal the covers of my Heyer novels from others' scrutiny. When Stephen Fry's a fan, it has to be a pretty good validation of the belief that the novels are well-written, well-plotted, historically accurate and just great fun to read.

I like Devil's Cub - perhaps more than I should, given that it was one of the first Heyer novels I came across (at the tender age of thirteen). It is arguably not one of the best-plotted of Heyer's novels - the at times thin romance centres around the abduction of a gently-bred woman by a rakehell member of the English nobility, Dominic Worth, the Marquis of Vidal (the titular 'Devil's Cub'). However, the heroine Mary Challoner is all you could ask - a young woman of intelligence, common sense and self-awareness, whose qualities serve to balance out Vidal's excesses.

Unusually for Heyer, this novel is a sequel (to 'These Old Shades' - Vidal is the son of the Duke of Avon and Leon/Leonie), and sees the creation of characters (Mary and Dominic) who appear in a subsequent novel ('An Infamous Army') - and I think that this is where many of the problems noted by reviewers who have responded critically to this book lie: at times the characters simply become too muddled, with the hero suffering in comparison to his illustrious father. There is also an occasional uncharacteristic lapse into purple prose "swooning on a tide of passion" (I ask you!), but this is the exception rather than the norm and generally this is an entertaining historical romp, fully in keeping with Heyer's normal style.

So why only 3 stars?

Well, I would have given it 4/5 BUT I'm reviewing the Kindle edition. And, frankly, this is not up to snuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good, romping story and perfect period details what more ...
A well paced, good, romping story and perfect period details what more could you ask for?
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Published 1 month ago by EmilyEdwards
5.0 out of 5 stars ... in "An Infamous Army" all worth reading if you love the subtle...
This follows on from "These Old Shades" and is a secondary theme in "An Infamous Army" all worth reading if you love the subtle plotting of the story line. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Romantic
5.0 out of 5 stars magic
great characters. witty dialogue. excellent story.
Published 2 months ago by jonocaff
5.0 out of 5 stars Georgette Heyer's novels always a good read
Replacement for old tatty copy
Published 2 months ago by Rosemary Babington
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
This book is timeless! First read it 20 years ago, happy to report it still delights all lovers of regency
Published 2 months ago by dette
5.0 out of 5 stars rollicking good fun
great escapism, as a follow on to These Old Shades. Meet them again in An Infamous Army (I think) x
Published 3 months ago by PAG
5.0 out of 5 stars Georgette Heyer at her absolute best.
Love all her books but this one has great characters who draw you into their adventures as the story unfolds. Highly recommend this to all fans of Georgette Beyer.
Published 3 months ago by susan
5.0 out of 5 stars Unhand Her, Sir!
This book amused me from cover to cover; not only is it a well told story, but it is the funniest Georgette Heyer I have read to date and why it hasn’t been made into a film or TV... Read more
Published 4 months ago by M. J. Saxton
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