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d'Artagnan Romances, Vol 3, Part 3: The Man in the Iron Mask (version 2)

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In this exciting continuation of Alexandre Dumas' d'Artagnan Romances series, readers are once again transported back to the adventurous world of 17th century France. Set against the backdrop of political intrigue, betrayal, and love, "The Man in the Iron Mask" is a thrilling tale that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

The story follows the musketeers - Athos, Porthos, Aramis, and the valiant d'Artagnan - as they navigate the complex web of power struggles and personal vendettas that threaten to tear the kingdom apart. When a mysterious prisoner known only as the man in the iron mask becomes the center of a royal controversy, our heroes must band together once again to uncover the truth and protect the crown.

Dumas' masterful storytelling and vivid characterizations bring this historical period to life, with plenty of swashbuckling action and heart-pounding suspense to keep readers engaged. The themes of loyalty, friendship, and honor resonate throughout the novel, making it not only a thrilling adventure but also a poignant exploration of human nature.

Overall, "The Man in the Iron Mask" is a must-read for fans of historical fiction, adventure, and classic literature. With its richly detailed setting, intricate plotting, and unforgettable characters, this novel is sure to captivate readers of all ages.

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Volume 3 of The d'Artagnan Romances is divided into three parts. In this, the final part, d’Artagnan’s fortune is near its height; having become the illustrious Captain of the Musketeers, he is now the chief defender of King Louis XIV. Fortune has also smiled on his three companions: Aramis is a wealthy bishop and the powerful, secret Superior General of the Jesuit Order ; Athos is the premier nobleman of France; and Porthos becomes a Duke with the proud but garishly long-winded title of “du Vallon de Bracieux de Pierrefonds.” On the opposite side of fortune, we find the young Phillippe, a desolate iron-masked prisoner in the infamous Bastille who has been deprived of everything, even his true identity, and the formerly rich and powerful Superintendent of Finance, Nicholas Fouquet. Aramis dupes the good-natured Porthos and desperate Fouquet into aiding Phillippe… with disastrous consequences for all, including d’Artagnan and King Louis XIV! Dumas spares none in this conclusion. Indeed, the turn of events drive d’Artagnan to ask, “What is there left for man after youth, love, glory, friendship, strength, and wealth have disappeared?” His answer, a true Gascon to the end, does provides some inspiration: “Forward! still forward! When it is time, God will tell me, as he foretold the others.” - Summary by jvanstan


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