The Man In The Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas
The final sequence in the ‘Musketeers’ saga after the dull ‘The Three Musketeers’, the good ‘Twenty Years After’ and ‘The Vicomte de Bragelonne’ and ‘Louise de la Valliere’ which I haven’t read. And have no intention of reading after this long dull padded mess.
Aramis plots to replace the king with his identical twin brother, Porthos is stupid, Athos obsesses over his moronic son and D’Artagnan is regretful as the incorrigibly ravenous Louis XIV builds lasting infamy for himself. This was all dull self-judgement. The ill-fated musketeers come to their ends and yet Aramis the cause of all woe lives on.
“Dread my resentment.”
“Absolute submission to my will.”
“A sort of superior doorkeeper.”
“Kill themselves in carrying out what you are pleased to call your greatest schemes.”
“Sleeping his eternal sleep in the sepulchre which God had fashioned him -”
“I who have been attached to your person for the last thirty years.”
“It is you who have brought these two men to the grave.”
This Scepter’d Isle by Mercedes Lackey & Roberta Gellis
There is no nuance or ambiguity or tricky or subtle characterisation in this 2005 novel. This sees ‘good’ and ‘evil’ elves run around the Tudor court doing totally worthless things. Everyone is mercenary, sinister and insult-propelled. The grasp on Tudor history is light.
“Both haunted by things it was better not to meet.”
“The Badger’s hole.”
Ill Met By Moonlight by Mercedes Lackey & Roberta Gellis
This 2006 novel sees elves continue to meddle in the Tudor court. This was another disaster of a novel from the author of ‘The Witches of Karres’, ‘By Slanderous Tongues’ and ‘Fiddler Fair’. The elves cause unnecessary problems and the logical outcome is boredom. This suffers from sequel syndrome and bad writing. Elves and Tudor England are not syncretic. I loathed this.
“Does he need to be avenged?”