I’ve always adored adaptations of The Three Musketeers, so when I heard about Milady by Laura L. Sullivan, I knew I had to read this book. In The Three Musketeers, Milady de Winter is shown to be a manipulative, conniving villainess. But that’s according to the men who’ve told her story in the past.
I’ve gone by many names though you know me as Milady de Winter: Villainess, seductress, a secondary player in The Three Musketeers story.
But we all know history was written by men, and they so often get things wrong.
So before you cast judgment, let me tell you of how a girl from the countryside became the most feared woman in all of Europe. A target for antipathy, a name whispered in fear or loathing.
I don’t need you to like me. I just need to be free.
It’s finally time I tell my own story. The truth isn’t tidy or convenient, but it’s certainly more interesting.
Sullivan’s twist on Milady’s story is an absolute delight! Alternating between events that take place in the well-known Three Musketeers novel, with a look into Milady’s past and how she became the woman we’ve come to know, Sullivan paints a portrait of a woman who is smart, savvy, and willing to do whatever it takes to secure the life she wants … even if that means going down in history as a villain.
I loved seeing the events that helped shape Milady into the woman she becomes. We witness her early naivete, her mistakes (and the lessons she learns from them), and the path that leads her to eventually facing off against the Musketeers.
The way Sullivan weaves her story, as a reader you’re left guessing how things will unfold. Getting to see the ultimate reveal is utterly satisfying, and the victorious ending certainly left me grinning like a fool. Milady is in stores now.
Thanks to the folks at Berkley Publishing, I have one copy of Milady up for today’s giveaway. To enter, tell us in the comments on this post about some of your favorite “misunderstood” villains, whose stories you’d love to read about. Then fill out the rafflecopter form here to complete your entry & earn more chances to win.
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