Reviews of Twenty Years After (1845)
Review by rinabeana (2006-07-26)
There are many plots in this story, but my favorite one was the mission to aid Charles Stuart in the English Civil War against Parliament (ie: Oliver Cromwell). I was not particularly familiar with this part of English history so I wasn't convinced of the outcome until I read it. The way that the Musketeers were woven into the story was very believable, especially given their characters. I have to say that I didn't like Mazarin as an antagonist nearly as much as Richelieu. There were various comments in the story (chiefly by D'Artagnan) about how the days of noble and worthy opponents were gone and allegiances shifted as quickly as the winds. At least with Richelieu you knew what to expect, whereas Mazarin didn't inspire any respect at all. Overall I liked parts of this story, but it wasn't as engrossing as The Three Musketeers.
Review by prizmski (2003-03-08)
Another solid work by Dumas as he continues the story of the three musketeers and D'Artagnan in this first sequel of "The Three Musketeers". This book continues to tell us more and more about each of the four main characters, as well as their romance interests and new enemies. It isn't weighted down by needing to explain the four characters, how they met, and other necessary background information, since that was covered in the first book. If Dumas can write a bad story, I have yet to read one. I highly recommend this book if you are a fan of the musketeers and are interested in finding out what happens after their original exploits in The Three Musketeers.