Sword duels and international intrigue. Kidnappings and political machinations. Wars, adventures, and power struggles. The Three Musketeers kicks off the d’Artagnan trilogy with a bang. Written and published in 1844 by French author Alexandre Dumas, it includes just about everything you could ask for from an adventure novel. During the Thirty Years’ War, a young man named d’Artagnan desires to become part of the military force that protects the royal family of France: the army known as the musketeers. His aspirations become complicated when he stumbles across an assassination plot involving the villainous, power-hungry Cardinal Richelieu and the seductive, manipulative Milady de Winter. It is one of Dumas’ earliest and greatest novels, and has never lost its popularity or its impact on Western culture.
The picaresque adventures of the young d'Artagnan, who strives to become a musketeer in service of the king, unfold in a visually vibrant adaptation of Dumas's novel. It's no easy task to condense such a sprawling story into a picture book, and readers may have trouble keeping up with the swerves of the plot. French artist Andr uses airy, watercolorlike effects to create dramatic visuals suggestive of stills from an animated action film. It's an ambitious retelling, but most readers will probably benefit from outside research or conversations with adults to better understand the context and stakes of the story. Ages 8 11.