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Very entertaining 4th book in the Musketeers series. La Valliere is a nitwit but fortunately it's not all about her.
on 12 April 2015
I love all the Musketeer books and this is no exception. If you don't want to hear about politics and Court machinations and the at times very immature and bad behaviour of the spoilt young King Louis XIV, you may not want to read this. However, I love it because my favourite musketeer, Aramis, comes to the fore now as the prime mover and shaker. Athos has become more and more noble and also more loivable too as he now has his adopted son Raoul to care for and educate and there are moving scenes between these two. Athos has long left the musketeers and lives quietly in the country on his estate, most of the time, but of course he gets dragged into adventures by either d'Artagnan or Aramis. Aramis in the later three books has a very ambitious plan to carry out, whilst d'Artagnan seems to spend most of his time trying to find out what Aramis is up to so as to prevent it for fear it might somehow be disadvantageous to the spoilt young King. There are many times when I would think, forget the King, let's go with Aramis!! I like heroes who are adventurous and freethinking and ambitious, rather than "doing their duty as superbly as any man possibly could...."
But the book as with the ones before and after have all kinds of angles and whichever is your favourite of the four, you should hopefully enjoy his part. Just don't expect the swashbuckling of the first book and to a certain extent the second, as the guys are in their fifties now!
As for la Valliere, she's the beloved of Athos's adopted son and she is a nitwit. The King needs a means to take public interest off his passion for his brother's wife, so she suggests to him that he find another woman to moon over publicly. He decides on silly la Valliere who has only recently come to court, and next thing she's besotted of course over his selfish Majesty, and then to make things worse, he actually gets besotted over her.... well, for a while anyway. You may like me groan every time she appears on the pages, and when poor Raoul starts to worry about what's going on, but fortunately there's plenty else happening that's exciting!