Almost everyone has heard of The Three Musketeers, the great classic by Alexandre Dumas. It has been required reading in literature classes and has been made into several movies and television programs. But did you know that there is a sequel?
This week the library received the book The Red Sphinx: A Sequel to Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, translated by Lawrence Ellsworth. The story was written towards the end of Dumas’ writing career and he actually didn’t even really finish it. It was eventually published in France without a real ending and did not receive much attention. However, Dumas had written a separate novella called The Dove, which picked up where the story stopped and provided a satisfying conclusion.
For the first time, these works have been combined and readers are now able to read the complete story. It continues the great adventures of Cardinal Richelieu, Queen Anne and King Louis XIII. It also introduces a charming new hero, the Comte de Moret, who is a half-brother to the king. He soon finds himself involved in the danger and intrigue of the French court while fending off the advances of several beautiful ladies. If you enjoyed the original classic, you will definitely not want to miss this one.