An Infamous Army: A Novel of Love, War, Wellington and Waterloo Paperback – 1 Sep 2007
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Of course, there is romance: between the Lady Barbara Childe, a member of the Alastair family from "These Old Shades" and "Devil's Cub", and Charles Audley, from "Regency Buck". It's not a sequel to those books, but several characters reappear, particularly Judith from "Regency Buck", who is here one of the major points-of-view.
Heyer's magnum opus, and a great read.
The main characters in this story are Colonel Charles Audley and Lady Barbara Childe; Charles Audley appeared as the younger brother of Lord Worth in "Regency Buck" and Barbara Childe is the grandaughter of Dominic and Mary from "Devil's Cub". There has been a slight fudging of historical dates to fit these characters in but it is interesting to read more of Lord Worth and Judith's marriage in this story as parts of the book are told from Judith's point of view. Many readers may find Barbara Childe a rather unsympathetic character, her wild behaviour and rather cavalier treatment of Charles Audley can be hard to stomach; however, as the book continues and the battle takes place she shows more depth to her character, despite her faults. Charles's instant attraction to her isn't always understandable but in some ways the love story in this book feels very much as a hook upon which to pin the main thrust of the book, the battle itself.
The romance in the story is definitely subsidiary to the historical events which are described with an excellent attention to detail. The way that society in Brussels continued its usual round of Balls and Soirées as the French troops drew nearer was fascinating, as were the portrayals of several historical characters, not least the Duke of Wellington, the horror and agony of war and the real possibility that Napoleon's troops might have prevailed.Read more ›
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Has some rather gory details of the fight against Napoleon at Waterloo but the usual Heyer romance.Published 11 days ago by Bookaholic