Milady

Milady❮EPUB❯ ✰ Milady Author Laura L. Sullivan – Bluevapours.co.uk She was the greatest nemesis of d'Artagnan and the Three Musketeers but Milady de Winter was so much than just a villain in their swashbuckling adventuresI've gone by many names though you know me as She was the greatest nemesis of d'Artagnan and the Three Musketeers but Milady de Winter was so much than just a villain in their swashbuckling adventuresI've gone by many names though you know me as Milady de Winter Villainess seductress a secondary player in The Three Musketeers storyBut we all know history was written by men and they so often get things wrongSo 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 loathingI don't need you to like me I just need to be freeIt's finally time I tell my own story The truth isn't tidy or convenient but it's certainly interesting.

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  • Paperback
  • 377 pages
  • Milady
  • Laura L. Sullivan
  • English
  • 18 April 2016
  • 9780451489982

10 thoughts on “Milady

  1. Mackenzie - PhDiva Books says:

    ”We all know history was written by men and they so often get things wrong” I always love a good reversal of classic stories where the villain becomes the central character and the hero's faults are exposed A story that makes you think about why the villain acted the way they did Maybe not forgiving them but sympathizing In Laura L Sullivan’s Milady we see the story of Clarice aka Milady de Winter a spy villainess and antagonist of the classic book The Three Musketeers I have read Dumas’s The Three Musketeers and if I’m honest though it has admittedly been a long time since I read it I always found Milady de Winter to be an interesting character and one who was treated poorly by D’Artagnan in the first place Lest we forget when he tricked her into meeting him for a romantic liaison by pretending to be her lover and then had sex with her under the cloak of darkness letting her think he was someone else Then later when she actually did agree to have sex with him he told her they’d actually had sex before I’m paraphrasing Dirt bag That type of behavior would not be tolerated in 2019 but of course it was a different time back then Side note I had a friend growing up who had a bunch of cats named after D’Artagnan the three musketeers and Milady True to the book Milady the cat was a stunning creature But I digressEarly in the book Milady is a bit naïve Growing up with her mother only to then be taken by her father to the royal palace Milady soon sheds her naivety Betrayal has a way of forcing a young woman to harden afterall I found it incredibly fascinating to see Milady shed the innocence of a sheltered upbringing Through a series of events in the book Milady becomes the spy and assassin we know from The Three Musketeers Sullivan’s Milady is a wonderfully complex character Still flawed still cunning still a bit vengeful But I hope readers also sympathize with her It is hard to imagine the life this woman led and at the time Women certainly were used and seen as less than so I cheered her on when her cleverness and boldness allowed the men to finally understand that she is stronger than they believed That a woman is capable of getting on over one them is an important lesson despite her ultimate fateI found the focus on Milady’s life prior to the events in The Three Musketeers to be wonderful Sullivan rounded out her character and fantasized how this brave flawed and diabolical woman became the person she was At times the writing was so elegant that I had to reread the sentences It is also apparent that Sullivan spent considerable time researching and plotting this book and to great effect I thought it was brilliant that Sullivan didn’t change who Milady was but she did tell you about her Milady wasn’t necessarily a nice character but she was sympathetic And she’s also fascinating Much so than the four males it took to bring The Three Musketeers to notoriety I’m exaggerating I actually do love the original story as well but I’m making a point here about the male female dynamic and characterizationsFans of this reimagining of a classic story will enjoy this one It’s a fascinating historical fiction novel filled with all sorts of scandal spies treason murder and secrets And Milady de Winter is certainly a woman who can carry a bookThank you to Berkley for my copy Opinions are my own

  2. Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader says:

    Have you ever heard of Milady de Winter? She was the arch nemesis of the fictional Three Musketeers She was a villain in their eyes and the eyes of many at the time This is her story as she tells it Milady’s story starts simply a child born and raised in the countryside Then it becomes a story of love and betrayal loss and retribution with a phenom of a strong female main character Milady reads as an adventure story The culture and time period fly off the pages Having read The Three Musketeers will add an inside edge on what occurs Milady is a spy and an assassin and she’s bringing an entertaining retelling of The Three Musketeers from a fresh perspective Wonderfully and skillfully written I received a complimentary copy All opinions are my own

  3. Amanda Hupe says:

    The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas is one of my favorite books of all time In fact my next tattoo is going to be inspired by it So when I saw Milady by Laura L Sullivan I just knew I had to add it to my shelf If you are a fan of The Three Musketeers then you know the villainess Milady de Winter This book follows two timelines The first is Clarice as a young woman before she became Milady Her mother raises her on a farm She teaches her about plants and their medicinal properties and all about human anatomy When her father makes a rare appearance he realizes his daughter is now a woman and immediately takes her to London to use her to gain power in government The second timeline is Milady trying to outrun the Musketeers The timelines come together to give a complete background on how a woman from the country became an assassin“The truth is found in the silence before the lie”MILADYThis is definitely a fascinating take on the well known villainess There are so many lies and moments of misdirection that fooled the musketeers Now to fully enjoy this book readers need to be familiar with The Three Musketeers There is a lot of background information that directly ties into The Three Musketeers One thing that I did love is that the author weaves in many historical characters just like Dumas She introduces George Villiers before he became the first Duke of Buckingham It shows how she helped him come into favor with King Charles II preferred her development into becoming an assassin over her perspective of the events in The Three Musketeers There is so much suspense and betrayal within the court of King CharlesPOSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEADThe one thing that I didn’t like is that she comes from a family of assassins It felt cheap in a sense I would have liked the book better if she developed her talents for murder on her own and not because of a family legacy It just diminished her developmentOther than that I loved her character She is heartless and selfish as portrayed in The Three Musketeers but she is also a woman and became what she needed to become in order to survive Overall this is an exciting read and made me want to revisit one of my favorite books for the 100th time This book gets 4 out of 5 stars

  4. Amy Bruno says:

    In the tide of great affairs it is not the many who make the crucial choices but the individual Mobs do not decide the fate of the world or even armies It is always one man or woman often unknown to history working in secret dedicated to a greater good who shifts the tidesHow amazing is that sentence? I swear I could have highlighted about 34 of this book it is filled with so many great linesI've got one word for this book and for Miladybadass I was immediately charmed by the writing style and de Winter's voice The opening scenewhooowhat a doozy that was Going in to this novel I didn't know much at all about Milady de Winter and the only thing I've watched about the Three Musketeers was from that movie The Man in the Iron Mask don't judge I was a 90s kidhaha so I jumped at the chance to read this one If you want to know how a naive and innocent young woman becomes the most feared assassin in France who spies for the infamous Cardinal Richelieu then you must pick up this bookScheming spying court machinations betrayal love and adventure are all masterfully combined in this exciting read I would seriously love to see this adapted as a movie I think Milady is the heroine we all need right now My name my title rather for no one knows who I truly am and even in Paris I have many guises is whispered in the dark and furtively as some speak of the devil as if to breathe my name would conjure me up in the flesh And oh what flesh My beauty is part of my legend Deadly beautyI absolutely loved Milady and am anxiously awaiting the next release from Laura L Sullivan

  5. Erin says:

    Find this and other reviews at wanted to love Laura L Sullivan’s Milady but despite its promising premise the novel proved a poor fit for my tastes I’m thoroughly convinced there are many who will genuinely love this narrative but the book struck an awkward chord with me and I found it difficult to lose myself in its pagesMilady de Winter is one of my favorite literary antagonists and I feel her story is long overdue a standalone adaptation of its own Sullivan’s apparent agreement earns her my applause and while I didn’t agree with all of her artistic decisions I have to admit admiration for her creative eye command of language and ability to place readers at the center of a sceneHaving said this I am one of those who feels the best retellings are those written by authors who are able to harmonize their vision and voice with those of the work on which they are based Dumas used The Three Musketeers to offer commentary on power and while I acknowledge Sullivan’s attempt to present readers with a feminist heroine I feel the effort heavy handed and was not impressed with the emasculating effect it had on nearly every male of Milady’s acuaintanceThe bottom line here is that while I feel Milady has a lot going for it I have to admit its content was not complex enough to capture andor hold my interest or imagination The novel has undeniable commercial appeal but it lacks the gravitas and depth I’d hoped to find on picking it up

  6. Tori says:

    45Laura Sulivan's Milady is a delightfully robust and thought provoking addition to Duma's Three Musketeers canon Told from Milady de Winters' POV Sullivan gives voice to the supposed villainess of the story gifting her with a refreshing no nonsense and firm unapologetic attitude as she weaves a compelling tale of love loss betrayal and retribution as she forged her own path from the one that was forced upon her Leaving little to the imagination Milady verbally wipes the shine from Duma's darlings giving readers a whole new outlook on the legends behind each Musketeer Constance the Cardinal and most importantly Athos

  7. Heather Webb says:

    There’s nothing satisfying than a riveting tale with a swash buckling cunning female spy at its center MILADY is a worthy addition to the canon of THE THREE MUSKETEERS told with well paced elegant prose and a keen eye for historical detail I couldn’t put the book down

  8. Empress Reece (Hooked on Books) says:

    If you're familiar with The Three Musketeers then you'll know who Milady De Winter is This book tells her untold story and what a story it is If you like strong heroines that overcome life's challenges against incredible odds then this is a must read Even if you don't know The Three Musketeers story you will still enjoy this book And don't let the cover fool you into thinking it's just a sappy love story because it is way then that It is action packed with espionage and romance murder and betrayal and a heroine that outwits them allI received this ARC from Penguin Random House First to Read in exchange for an honest review Thank you

  9. Willow says:

    One of my all time favorite books is The Three Musketeers and one of my all time favorite characters is Milady De Winter So of course when I saw this book I had to read it I even ordered it before it came out Now there is a strange myth and lore surrounding The Three Musketeers It truly is a masterpiece However like most great things it didn’t come entirely from Dumas Large portions of the story come from The Memoirs of M d'Artagnan by Charles de Batz de Castel What’s even worse I’ve read that Dumas did not give any credit to Castel when he published the book and instead eluded to a fabricated historical document about the Comte de La Fère to throw his readers off It's also uite possible Dumas didn't know like we do now that d'Artagnan is actually a true historical figureHowever this does not in any way take away from the brilliance of The Three Musketeers Dumas was a master storyteller and he gave his characters a life of their own And while the musketeers may have been taken from other sources Milady De Winter is almost solely a creation of Dumas Yes she makes an appearance in Castel’s The Memoirs of M d'Artagnan as well as the Mémoires de M le Comte de Rochforte But she is a minor character and Dumas changed her backstory drastically Conseuently I look at Milady as being all Dumas and she's an awesome characterMy first exposure to The Three Musketeers is actually from the old Richard Lester movies that were made in the 1970s with Faye Dunaway as Milady The thing about Faye Dunaway’s performance though is that she looks dangerous as hell and is a force to be reckoned with I keep thinking of this line Faye said in The Thomas Crown Affair “All right Eddie I'm immoral So is the world” lol This fits Milady too However I was really young when I saw this movie so I didn't uite appreciate her determination I thought Milady was vileHowever when I read the book my opinion changed drastically and one of the main reasons was this etching from Maurice Leloir called And he hanged her to a tree This is where Athos aka the Comte de La Fère hangs Milady because he sees that she has been branded with the fleur de lis marking her as a criminal Now he doesn’t ask her about how she got the brand He doesn’t talk to her No he just hangs her to a tree like in the picture and keep in mind she's only sixteen years old Nice guy right?Suddenly my whole point of view started to change and I started to come to the conclusion that Athos was actually kind of an asshole In fact there's all kinds of evidence that the musketeers are not really the good guys They're gray This makes Milady gray as well In fact an excellent review I read from Brad describes this complexity extremely well Brad's reviewSo in other words Dumas characters are wonderfully complex That’s one of the reasons I love the book so muchSo now you might be asking what did I think of Laura L Sullivan’s Milady? Well it’s all right Sullivan writes very well and parts of the book are really inventive and entertaining especially when Milady is in England in King James’ court I liked how she mixed historical figures and true events with the action Especially when I was already somewhat familiar with these characters after reading The Weaker Vessel by Antonia Fraser For instance when Milady starts a romance with George Villiers I just started laughing That was awesomeHowever Sullivan's Milady is definitely not my idea of Milady Sullivan goes through a lot of hoops to try to make Milady a heroine She makes her a protector of women and loyal to her friends She talks about how being a spy and an assassin is a noble calling She has Milady outsmarting the musketeers always being three steps ahead of themYet this makes her less interesting I think I say that because I wanted the fiercely ambitious Milady who came from nothing and moved up to a higher and wealthier class The Milady who was a valued spy and assassin because she was willing to do the dirty work that was necessary The Milady who was so enraged by d'Artagnan taking advantage of her she would kill his mistress to get even I wanted the morally uestionable Milady warts and all A woman who could say All right I'm immoral So is the worldConseuently I was disappointed I shouldn't have been though There are not many who can create characters as fascinating as DumasI’m sure other readers will enjoy it 12

  10. Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede says:

    She's one of literature's most famous villains Milady de Winter But who was she really? In MILADY we get her own story from her childhood ordeals in life to the trials that will make her the ruthless woman d'Artagnan will meet The woman who Athos married and who he thought was dead Now she tells her storyREAD THE REST OF THE REVIEW OVER AT FRESH FICTION

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