SWORD & BLOOD by Sarah Marques, revisits the four musketeers we know and love, Athos, Aramis, Porthos, and D'Artagnan, but in an alternate history in which vampires have virtually taken over the world.
First, I confess, Dumas's THE THREE MUSKETEERS is my favorite book. Ever. I love anything to do with musketeers. And vampires. So I could not wait to read this book. Yet I worried the heroes I had come to love over the decades as I've reread TTM many times over would not feel the same in this story. I also feared the idea of those gallant heroes stalking the countryside for fresh blood. My fears did not come true. Whew!
The story parallels the original at the beginning as we are introduced to the three main characters, and with D'Artagnan's introduction, the author uses some sly adjustments to his history (all of them, actually) but makes it very believable in this fantasy world of vampires and judasgoats and the special forces of musketeers who have been commandeered to fight the blood-hungry enemy. The focus is on Athos, the one musketeer who is most in need of salvation, and, while playing true to character, he also struggles with the perils of vampirism foisted upon him by his bittersweet lover, Charlotte Backson (Milady). His struggles are true and desperate, and make for a great read.
Aramis arises as the most intriguing of the bunch (as usual), in possession of mysterious knowledge that I sense will be revealed in future stories. I hope!
D'Artagnan, the naive young Gascon is thrust into the fray and holds his own, even alongside Constance (who surprised me in this story; but yay for that!). When do we get to learn more about Constance? I look forward to that story, as well.
Non-stop adventure and action will keep you turning the pages as swords clash and fangs gnash. You will eagerly follow the new adventures of this fascinating quartet.
— Michele Hauf for VampChix & Bite Club
Available April 4th from Prime Books
Stop back in on April 11th when Sarah Marques guests with us!