Misfit's Reviews > Angelique in Barbary
by Anne Golon, Monroe Stearns
Review is slightly spoilerish
"Of course, it's important. I know you. Nothing would make you bother the police for a joke. With you, it's always something important-you're about to be murdered, or else commit suicide, or perhaps you've decided to involve the Royal Family in some fiendish scandal, or disobey the Pope."
Hah! This is the third book in a long series, and this review will be rather brief to avoid spoiling events from the prior novels, Angelique (Book 1) and Angélique and the King (Book 2). At the end of book two, Angelique learned that her supposedly dead husband might not be so dead after all, and she's willing to risk everything, including the King's wrath to find him. Despite the heavy police guard placed on her by the express command of Louis XIV, Angélique slips away, and her feminine charms come in quite handy when she needs to wheedle her way onto one of the King's vessels heading for Crete. No surprise, but there's no smooth sailing in Angélique's world and after a battle or two at sea and a shipwreck, she's captured and sold as a slave to the highest bidder - the notorious pirate Rescator. Oh, but the fool escapes and lands herself right into the hands (and harem) of the infamous Sultan of Morocco. Will she survive with her virtue intact, or will that treacherous body of hers betray her once again?
"This was the only time in her life that she was ashamed of being a woman and a beautiful one to boot. She could not help thinking of herself as merely a work of art being inspected by some critical collector pondering its material values only. She felt as is (sic) she had been robbed of her soul."
I did enjoy this book, although there were times when events dragged on too long for my tastes - there seemed to be a lot of background being set up for events that will happen in the later books. I did notice that the edition I read is from a different translator than some of the other editions and read a bit dryer than those and for that I'm knocking off half a star. Still, jolly good fun and next up is Angelique in Revolt (Book 4).
||4.0%||"Of course, it's important. I know you. Nothing would make you bother the police for a joke. With you, it's always something important-you're about to be murdered, or else commit suicide, or perhaps you've decided to involved the Royal Family in some fiendish scandal, or disobey the Pope." 4 comments|
||9.0%||"Scanned and uploaded my cover so we can see her tatas in full blown color :)" 7 comments|
||10.0%||"Well now. Looks like Florimund has been keeping a few secrets from mom."|
"Part II Crete begins.
Rubs hands with glee."
"I am thinking I may have guessed the identity of the mysterious pirate Rescator. Let's see if I'm right.
PS, no one seems to stay dead around here. Ever." 2 comments
""You know the law of the Mediterranean: 'The cormorant gets the body, the pirate gets the loot, and the women belong to everyone.'"
"yes, to everyone," the others took up the cry as they moved menacingly towards their leader.
Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy."
"Sold at auction to the highest bidder. The mysterious, dangerous, oh so filthy rich...
You didn't think I'd tell, did you?" 2 comments
||55.0%||"Ali Hadji! The same French-woman who erove d'Escrainville out of his mind and whom ----- (he who shall not be named) bought for the highest price ever paid for a slave, only to lose her because she seet fire to the harbour. Hahahahaha..."|
"The woman who drove d'Escrainville, the Terror of the Mediterranean crazy...who made Don Jose de Almada, the most cautious trader I know bit up to twenty-five thousand piastres...who dared scream insults right into Mezzo-Morte's face...that's quite a record. Such a woman as that, Madame, does not cry or have an emotional crisis.
What a woman!"
||62.0%||"Nothing like an expected beheading in the Morrocon desert to start my Monday morning off right. That said, I do wish Rescator would hurry up and get his property back and let the fun begin..."|
||77.0%||"This was the only time in her life that she was ashamed of being a woman and a beautiful one to boot. She could not help thinking of herself as merely a work of art being inspected by some critical collector pondering its material values only. She felt as is (sic) she had been robbed of her soul." 16 comments|
"Since a Moorish woman was supposed to keep silent, all Angelique needed to do was keep her mouth shut.
No problems with that one :D"
||92.0%||"The melodrama is getting pretty thick here. I am sooooooo ready for you-know-who to come back into the story and resolve whatever the hell I think I have guessed that he's going to resolve. I could be wrong though..."|
||96.0%||"Only Angelique could go through hell and then some and still worry about her damned legs and how others would perceive them :P"|