Sword & Blood: The Vampire Musketeers

Sword & Blood: The Vampire Musketeers

by Sarah Marques
     
 

In a world where vampires have taken every humble chapel, defiled every grand cathedral, subdued most nations, and treated every human as cattle, Dumas' hero musketeers rise to a greater challenge than they ever met in their original adventures. Athos has spent a decade fighting vampires in the king's musketeers. He never expected to see his wife again - he'd

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In a world where vampires have taken every humble chapel, defiled every grand cathedral, subdued most nations, and treated every human as cattle, Dumas' hero musketeers rise to a greater challenge than they ever met in their original adventures. Athos has spent a decade fighting vampires in the king's musketeers. He never expected to see his wife again - he'd discovered Charlotte was a vampiric servant, hanged and left for dead ten years before - yet it is she who turns Athos into a vampire. Or does she? Despite the craving for blood and overwhelming sexual hunger, Athos walks the fine line between the worlds, remaining human enough to fight vampires. Only his commitment and loyalty to his friends - fellow musketeers Porthos and Aramis - and a young Gascon named D'Artagnan, allows him to keep his soul through an adventure that tests the heights of his heroism and the depth of his darkest desires.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Marques (a pseudonym for Sarah A. Hoyt) pits the three musketeers against a brilliant cardinal and a vampire horde in a reimagined France struggling under a false truce with the undead. Would-be musketeer D’Artagnan has ambitions of joining Athos, Porthos, and Aramis in their battle against the vampires, a battle that could decide the fate of the world. When Athos is turned, he must try to resist his new monstrous instincts and stay on the side of good. Very little of Dumas’s vision survives in Marques’s novel; the protagonists have the same names as Dumas’s but little else in common, and the setting is barely recognizable. The result is a serviceable and straightforward adventure story where morality is black and white and a brave few hold back the night with courage and daring, but readers expecting a Dumas pastiche will be disappointed. Agent: Lucienne Diver, the Knight Agency. (June)
Library Journal
In a France ruled by vampires, the king's musketeers stand alone against the darkness. Porthos and Aramis discover, to their dismay, that their comrade Athos has fallen prey to his former wife, now a vampire, and has become one of the living dead. Athos, however, struggles to hold onto his soul and continue to fight other vampires—and his two friends support him. When D'Artagnan, a young man from Gascony, joins the trio, they begin to unravel the darkest secrets of the creatures they battle. Marques (a pseudonym for Sarah A. Hoyt; Darkship Thieves) pays homage to Alexandre Dumas's most popular literary creations in her new adventures of the musketeers. While altering some details and presenting an alternate France, Marques retains the spirit and camaraderie of the original characters. VERDICT Despite some sexually explicit scenes Dumas would never have considered, fans of historical fantasy and of swashbuckling adventures should enjoy this vampiric version of a classic tale.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781607013310
Publisher:
Prime Books
Publication date:
04/04/2012
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.00(d)

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