Born as the final novel in the book series dedicated to the figure of the scarlet pimpernel, written by Baroness Emmuska Orczy, The last adventure of the scarlet pimpernel goes into the Regency world also becoming a kind of sequel to Northanger Abbey. The protagonist, in fact, is Captain Frederick Tilney, a secondary character in Jane Austen’s work, who, after having lived a disorderly life, meets the woman of his life and decides to change to be able to win her heart and the esteem of her family. She is nothing more than Violet, the daughter of Sir Percy Blakeney, an English spy known as “the scarlet pimpernel”! Those who have read the books by Baroness Orczy or have seen the films inspired by them, know that Sir Percy is an English gentleman who during Robespierre’s reign of terror was helping members of the French nobility to escape the guillotine. Unfortunately, it will be the secret identity of her father to endanger Violet while she is in France, which addresses the difficult crisis of the Hundred Days, that saw the return of Napoleon Bonaparte in the continent.
The main characters are two young people that are inexperienced of the way of life, and this is perhaps the reason why they are not as strong as many others created by the author (Violet and Caroline, for example, the protagonist of The three colonels, are two wholly different heroines). I cannot empatize with them, even though I felt pity for the situation in which Captain Tilney found himself. The characters of Sir Percy and his enemy M Lafarge are very well constructed, but what I loved the most was the character of Lady Blakenery, a strong woman torn between her French origins, that have made her what she is , and her life in the highest British circles.
I admit it was a little hard to go on in the first half of the novel, but when you start reading the middle of the story, the reader is more involved, and it is easy to feel some anxiety for the fate of the female protagonist. In fact, the scenes that see the comparison between the novel’s heroes with the “villains” are the best. Through the character of Captain Bourgeois, then, it is easy to perceive the message that no one is entirely negative and that the bad guys also can have a positive side.
The last adventure of the scarlet pimpernel is a pleasant reading, particularly because this book can be called a companion novel to The three colonels, whose events take place simultaneously and are intertwined, albeit slightly.
The author is kindly giving away a digital copy of his book The last adventure of the scarlet pimpernel in epub or mobi format chosen by the winner.
Jack Caldwell is an author, amateur historian, professional economic developer, playwright and a darn good cook. Born and raised in Louisiana, Jack and his wife, Barbara, are Hurricane Katrina victims who now make Florida their home. Always a history buff, Jack found and fell in love with Jane Austen in his twenties, struck by her innate understanding of the human condition. Jack uses his work to share his knowledge of history. Through his characters, he hopes the reader gains a better understanding of what went on before, developing an appreciation for our ancestors’ trials and tribulations. When not writing or traveling with Barbara, Jack attempts to play golf. A devout convert to roman catholicism, Jack is married with three grown sons.
From the same author: The three colonels
This book was sent to me by the author in exchange of an honest review