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Ten Years Later

Alexandre Dumas

Book Overview: 

The Vicomte of Bragelonne: Ten Years Later is the last of the Musketeer novels. It is usually divided into four volumes, The Vicomte de Bragerloone, Ten Years Later, Louise de la Vallière, and The Man in the Iron Mask. This is the second of those 4 volumes, Ten Years Later.

Louis XIV is well past the age where he should rule, but the ailing Cardinal Mazarin refuses to relinquish the reins of power. Meanwhile, Charles II, a king without a country, travels Europe seeking aid from his fellow monarchs. Athos still resides at La Fre while his son, Raoul de Bragelonne, has entered into the service in the household of M. le Prince. As for Raoul, he has his eyes on an entirely different object than his father -- his childhood companion, Louise de la Valliere, with whom he is hopelessly in love. Porthos, now a baron, is off on some mysterious mission along with Aramis, who is now the Bishop of Vannes.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ion, been my friend,—why have you shown suspicion of me?"

Mademoiselle de la Valliere did not answer. "I fondly thought you loved me," said Raoul, whose voice became more and more agitated; "I fondly thought you consented to all the plans we had, together, laid down for our own happiness, at the time when we wandered up and down the walks of Cour-Cheverny, under the avenue of poplar trees leading to Blois. You do not answer me, Louise. Is it possible," he inquired, breathing with difficulty, "that you no longer love me?"

"I did not say so," replied Louise, softly.

"Oh! tell me the truth, I implore you. All my hopes in life are centered in you. I chose you for your gentle and simple tastes. Do not suffer yourself to be dazzled, Louise, now that you are in the midst of a court where all that is pure too soon becomes corrupt—where all that is young too soon grows old. Louise, close your ears, so as not to hear what may be said; s. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I wish I cared about any of the romance subplots, because there are some beautiful descriptions in there, but this book simply has too much detail. I feel like Cate Blanchett in "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" when she foolishly tells the aliens that what she wants for a reward is to "know everyth...more

Again, this was OK, but had alot of stuff I'm not sure why is in there. I'm starting to think that these books could just as well have been one volume, with as many pages as one of the books.
The language is of course beautiful, but again, it's so "flowery", it makes it much, much longer than it...more

I love the original and this addition to their history only adds to the flavor. Clean, easily understood plot and well narrated. Recommended

So I'm continuing on with the series. This one didn't have much in the way of a standalone story, it's more a continuation without end. Still I do enjoy this author and am ready to start the next book.

This book is not really about the Musketeers, though they are in it and provide all of the excitement. The book is really about how the great individual heros had to be left in the background if King Louis XIV was to emerge. The book can be a slog from about a quarter of the way to the last quart...more

Beautifully written as you'd expect from Dumas. However, the subject matter is significantly wanting from a personal perspective. Simply not enough D'Artagnan for it to be as much of a captivating read as The Three Musketeers and Twenty Years Later. Essentially a wonderfully written soap opera.

This is the fourth in the D'Artignan romance series by Dumas and, in my mind, the slowest of the series so far. It think that it deals far too much with French court intrigue and does not have enough of the swashbuckling excitement of the previous three in the series.

But I have to say than it is...more

I was disappointed at some of the characters - I expected so much more of them, but I was not disappointed of the writing, nor of the story.

This second of the four volumes* which comprise the conclusion of the “The Four Musketeers” (The Vicomte de Bragelonne, Ten Years Later, Louise de la Valliere, The Man in the Iron Mask) is perhaps the most significant, for it shows the reader, more clearly than the three others, how the meaning o...more

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