Mixing a bit of seventeenth-century French history with a great deal of invention, Alexandre Dumas tells the tale of young D’Artagnan and his musketeer comrades, Porthos, Athos and Aramis. Together they fight to foil the schemes of the brilliant, dangerous Cardinal Richelieu, who pretends to support the king while plotting to advance his own power. Bursting with swirling swordplay, swooning romance, and unforgettable figures such as the seductively beautiful but deadly femme fatale, Milady, and D’Artagnan’s equally beautiful love, Madame Bonacieux, The Three Musketeers continues, after a century and a half of continuous publication, to define the genre of swashbuckling romance and historical adventure.
The Three Musketeers is one of those epic adventure novels that will always be exciting. There is a lot of action and cool fight scenes that make you forget that this novel is over 700 pages (the best ones are). Despite there being a few good Musketeer movies, and a few bad remakes, the novel itself will never get old. Classically speaking, this novel is definitely worth reading.