Reading ➹ These Old Shades (Alastair, #1) Author Georgette Heyer – 1sm.info

These Old Shades (Alastair, #1) Most fandom people I ve talked to either love or at least rather like this book, but it seems it s my turn to feel all bwah and left out, as Punk does with The Dreyfus Affair and Siria does with Swordspoint I hated it I despised pretty much all the characters, other than Hugh and Rupert Leonie was irritating, and Avon was just creepy I know he was supposed to be Satanas the devil of a man who isn t really that bad, but I found him neither e This is one of my favorite romance novels, ever I am not even afraid to review it here on this pretentious book site, I love it so much I have worn through my copy of it It is lovely beat up and bent back to the pages of all my favorite parts The Heyer hallmarks are all here great characters, hilarious plot, breaking the genre rules, a somewhat effete hero but in a manly way The main character, Leonie, is absolutely adorable I don t even care if others find her annoying, she makes me la This is one of my favorite romance novels, ever I am not even afraid to review it here on this pretentious book site, I love it so much I have worn through my copy of it It is lovely beat up and bent back to the pages of all my favorite parts The Heyer hallmarks are all here great characters, hilarious plot, breaking the genre rules, a somewhat effete hero but in a manly way The main character, Leonie, is absolutely adorable I don t even care if others find her annoying, she makes me laugh I ve been reading this book since I was 13 and I still feel that way.This book actually has some great layers There s real darkness and fear and complexity in the characters It isn t just the farce that it could be Far from it There s real mystery Under The Reign Of Louis XV, Corruption And Intrigue Have Been Allowed To Blossom In France, And Justin Alastair, The Notorious Duke Of Avon And Proud Of His Soubriquet Satanas , Flourishes As Well Then, From A Dark Parisian Back Alley, He Plucks Leon, A Redheaded Urchin With Strangely Familiar Looks, Just In Time For His Long Over Due Schemes Of Revenge On The Comte De St Vire Among The Splendours Of Versailles And The Dignified Mansions Of England, Justin Begins To Unfold His Sinister Plans Until, That Is, Leon Becomes The Ravishing Beauty Leonie Unanswered Questions.Lovely, Titian Haired Leonie, Ward Of The Dashing Duke Of Avon, Had All Paris At Her Feet Yet Her True Origins Remained Shrouded In Mystery And Neither The Glittering Soirees Nor The Young Aristocrats Who So Ardently Courted Her Could Still The Question That Plagued Her Young Heart.What Was Her Mysterious Parentage Just One Man Held The Secret, The One She Feared Most In The World The Iron Willed Comte De Saint Vire, Deadly Enemy Of The Duke He Would Give Her The Answer For A Price But Could She Betray The Man She Secretly, Helplessly Loved And Could This Proud Young Beauty Bear To Face The Truth When It Came I enjoyed These Old Shades I think Heyer writes vivid, opinionated characters and she captures the Georgian period beautifully I must admit though, I m not sure this book is for everybody There s a lot of yakking These characters talk, talk, and eventalk Heyer doesn t directly tell you what her characters are up to either, so you have to get to know them by what they say Some of the dialogue is pretty hilarious, and some of it is kind of repetitive To me this makes the characters mo I enjoyed These Old Shades I think Heyer writes vivid, opinionated characters and she captures the Georgian period beautifully I must admit though, I m not sure this book is for everybody There s a lot of yakking These characters talk, talk, and eventalk Heyer doesn t directly tell you what her characters are up to either, so you have to get to know them by what they say Some of the dialogue is pretty hilarious, and some of it is kind of repetitive To me this makes the charactersvisceral, but it can also slow down the action You definitely get to know the two lovers I thought the Duke was a hoot He has somewhat questionable morals, and in truth he starts out as the villain of the story He s carrying around a twenty year old grudge that he simply MUST get even for He s very clever though and amusing, and let s not forget smooth, so you can t help but root for him I have to admit, in the beginning he sort of gave me the impression of being a perv GAH I adore Georgian period romances The ridiculous extravagance and theatricality of action and costume are simply divine I thought you disliked melodrama, my friend I do but I have a veritable passion for justice You ve nourished thoughts of vengeance for twenty years Other pluses which definitely made this a win Heroine disguised as a boy, swordplay as well as hoydenish behavio Update I have it on good authority that this is an accurate representation of me while thinking of this book or should I specify, the hero By the way this book only gets better and funnier with each re read I do Love these crazy people forever 3 Please note that the following essay review contains spoilers I m not sure that I can entirely express how much I truly love this book and how absolutely amazing it is.I remember reading The Black Moth by the same author a while ago, and sec Update I have it on good authority that this is an accurate representation of me while thinking of this book or should I specify, the hero By the way t I think I m too much a product of my time Having a hero who was 40yrs and a heroine who was 19, combined with the hero constantly calling her infant and for 80% of the story portraying her as very young, innocent, and wide eyed, I couldn t and didn t want to buy into their romance If you liked Val from Hoyt s Maiden Lane series, you re going to love our hero Justin, definitely an inspiration for him I was a b The literary equivalent of those marvelous British period dramas with utterly glorious settings and luscious costumes.I can never resist this sort thing Pages of details of soft white brocades, ruffle upon ruffle, falling over great hoops, auburn hair piled in elaborate curls, pearls against soft pale skin, and perfect accessories likechicken skin fans And since this is 18th century France before the Revolution, the men are just as gorgeous and evencolorful.When we first meet the h The literary equivalent of those marvelous British period dramas with utterly glorious settings and luscious costumes.I can never resist this sort thing Pages of details of soft white brocades, ruffle upon ruffle, falling over great hoops, auburn hair piled in elaborate curls, pearls against soft pale skin, and perfect accessories likechicken skin fans And since this is 18th century France before the Revolution, the men are just as gorgeous and evencolorful.When we first meet the hero, the Duke of Avon, he is arrayed in a full skirted coat of purple satin, heavily laced with gold, his wig immaculately powdered, carrying a beribboned cane, and mincing along in high heels The Duke is returning to his palatial Paris h tel from a night of gaming La vengeance est un mets que l on doit manger froidRevenge is a dish that should be eaten cold Credited to Charles Talleyrand, French diplomat 1754 1838.Revenge and a Cinderella type plot make a great combination in These Old Shades, one of Georgette Heyer swell known historical novels, set in the later 1700 s The half French Duke of Avon is walking down the street when a small body hurtles into him He looks into the face of this young urchin and suddenly sees the potential forLa vengeance est un mets que l on doit manger froidRevenge is a dish that should be eaten cold Credited to Charles Talleyrand, French diplomat 1754 1838.Revenge and a Cinderella type plot make a great combination in These Old Shades, one of Georgette Heyer swell known historical novels, set in the later 1700 s The half French Duke of Avon is walking down the street when a small body hurtles into him He looks into the face of this young urchin and suddenly sees the potential for taking revenge on the man who has been his mortal enemy for twenty years So he buys the curly red headed young orphan off the boy s louti If you desire to do good to la petite, send her to me My dear father, I have never desired to do good to anyoneWhen I first started this book this was my reaction to my fellow reading buddiesDoesn t the writing feel off It s not as flowing as my other experience with Heyer And way too many French words phrases That made me curious so I checked the publishing date, turns out this book was published in 1926 almost 40 years before my favorite book of hers, Frederica So it was one ofIf you desire to


About the Author: Georgette Heyer

Georgette Heyer was a prolific historical romance and detective fiction novelist Her writing career began in 1921, when she turned a story for her younger brother into the novel The Black Moth.In 1925 she married George Ronald Rougier, a mining engineer, and he often provided basic plot outlines for her thrillers Beginning in 1932, Heyer released one romance novel and one thriller each year.Hey Georgette Heyer was a prolific historical romance and detective fiction novelist Her writing career began in 1921, when she turned a story for her younger brother into the novel The Black Moth.In 1925 she married George Ronald Rougier, a mining engineer, and he often provided basic plot outlines for her thrillers Beginning in 1932, Heyer released one romance novel and one thriller each year.Heyer was an intensely private person who remained a best selling author all her life without the aid of publicity She made no appearances, never gave an interview and only answered fan letters herself if they made an interesting historical point She sometimes wrote under the pseudonym Stella Martin.Her Regencies were inspired by Jane Austen, but unlike Austen, who wrote about and for the times in which she lived, Heyer was forced to include copious information about the period so that her readers would understand the setting While some critics thought her novels were too detailed, others considered the level of detail to be Heyer s greatest asset.Heyer remains a popular and much loved author, known for essentially establishing the historical romance genre and its subgenre Regency romance


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