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For Honor: An Adventure of What Might Have Been
April 8, 2010, 10:45 pm
Filed under: Fiction review, Nothing Binding

about the book (from author)
Can one woman save a country? Can she do it as a lady musketeer and fencer in 17th-century France, and can she and the musketeers grant a hero’s final wish?

My review
I’m going to start off with¬†my disclaimers, and then get to the good stuff ūüôā
First off, I have no qualifications(on paper,¬†at least)¬†for being interested in reading this book. I received¬†this as a random¬†pick from three books¬†¬†by a¬†review company, Nothing Binding. It wasn’t my first choice, but it sounded really interesting based on the synopsis. I know very little about France, and even less about 17th century France. Honestly, I’m more of a Brit wanna-be. I have never read any of Dumas’ books and have never watched the movie adaptions. The closest I’ve come to watching the movie is the Wishbone show on the Three Musketeers! I didn’t even see the¬†Disney cartoon¬†version starring¬†Mickey and his friends!

But even still, this book slowly won me over. I say slowly because it did take me a while to get invested in the story. Not because of poor writing or bad characterization, but because I know so little of the back story(this book is supposed to take place after the events in the Three Musketeers)
Having said that, you don’t need to have read¬†it to enjoy this one!¬† I’m sure it would help to get you into the swing of things, and you might notice some interesting parallels that I¬†completely missed, but it’s not necessary. If you’ve already read and experenced the Three Musketeers,¬†I have a feeling you’d really enjoy this one. It proabably has some modern sensibilities tossed in, but fits well within the genre of historical french fiction. It’s engaging, completely action-packed and has some great¬† “you go girl!” moments!
My one small gripe is, I really wish the author would have used more French words and phrases within the book, especially since she is a French teacher! There were a few here and there, but not quite enough to convey an authentic French feel.
This book has given me a reason to pick up Dumas’ books the next chance I have!

Thanks to Nothing Binding and the writer/editor for sending me this book to review!