I found the voice given to satanas the Duke of Avon querilous when it should have been assured and sardonic. although he sees himself as a great age ..Show More »he is only in his forties and while life was shorter then perhaps, he was a handsome, active virile man not a papery thin elder.
other voices were Ok to me but the romantic interest should always have the most beguiling voice. We are meant to be bewitched by him while seeing his dark side and this did not happen for me.
One of the best by Georgette Heyer, and it was read very well without distracting you form the story as I found with These Old Shades. I didn't want ..Show More »this one to end. Please can he read These Old Shades.
I love Georgette Heyer's books, and I'm a sucker for romance. This novel is different from her usual fare, but I'm very glad I bought it.
..Show More »/>It was slow to get started, reintroducing us to some familiar characters from her earlier novel, Regency Buck. I stuck with it, only to find that I hated the character of Barbara Childes, which meant I couldn't really take pleasure in the unfolding romance between her and Charles Audley.
It surprised me to find, however, about a third of the way through, that I was completely enthralled by the narration of the events surrounding the Battle Of Waterloo, rather than being caught up by the romantic elements of the story.
If I'd known this book was more to do with the Duke of Wellington defending against the advance of Napolean's army, I would probably never have bought it, and that would have been a great pity.
I was totally caught up in the details of the campaign, and Heyer's account of the final battle was by turns exciting and very moving.
In the end I even grew to quite like Barbara, which I hadn't previously thought possible! But overall I definitely give my 4 stars for Heyer's informative and moving account of the Battle of Waterloo, not for the romance.