Friday, March 1, 2013

The Laughing Cavalier!

I LOVED this book!

The Laughing Cavalier by Baroness Orczy is the story of the ancestor of the Scarlet Pimpernel(Percy Blankly).
If that means nothing to you than don’t worry about it. The only thing I’m saying is that if you’ve read “The Scarlet Pimpernel” you were actually reading the third book in the Scarlet Pimpernel series not the first. 

The Laughing Cavalier is the first book in a series of fourteen books.

  1. The Laughing Cavalier
  2. The First Sir Percy
  3. The Scarlet Pimpernel
  4. Sir Percy Leads the Band
  5. I Will Repay
  6. The Elusive Pimpernel
  7. Lord Tony's Wife
  8. The Way of the Scarlet Pimpernel
  9. Mam'zelle Guillotine
  10. El dorado
  11. Sir Percy Hits Back
  12. The Triumph of the Scarlet Pimpernel
  13. A Child of the Revolution
  14. Pimpernel and Rosemary

So far I’ve only read the first three.

But let me tell you about “The Laughing Cavalier”.

Diogenes(the hero) lives on the streets of Haarlem, Holland. He lives for adventure and spends his time seeks it out.
On new year’s eve 1623 he finds the adventure of a life time while trying to help a desperately poor spanish woman and her father.
Diogenes helps the lady by paying, with the last of his money, for a place where she and her sickly father to stay.
His noble actions are witnessed by two men. One a outlaw and the other the son of wealthy man and the brother of a very sweet and troublesome lady.
These two man have a problem and they see the answer to their problem in this man with no real name but a kind heart.
The problem?
Well, these two man have a plan to kill the Prince of Orange and the second man’s (his name is Nicolaes Beresteyn) sister (the sweet lady), Gilda over heard the plan.
Nicolaes and his friend, Stoutenburg (who is in love with Gilda and is the true villain of the story) hirer Diogenes to kidnap Gilda.
Diogenes needs the money, and sees the adventure that could come from this, so he keeps his thoughts about how Nicolaes should be treating his sister to himself and takes the job.

And so Diogenes begins he lively adventure!

Genres: Adventure/Historical Fiction
Don’t let the ‘historical fiction’ scare you off. I have never been a very big fan of what people call “Historical Fiction” but this was a really good book. 

Copy right: 1914
Yes it is a rather old book and at times it’s a little heard to understand what is going on, especially if you’re not used to this style of writing, but it is funny and if you will just take your time and believe that it is a really good book you can learn to like the style.
It’s more of a challenge and everyone needs a challenge ever once in a while. Not to mention that it makes it more fun to finish!            

The prologue is a little strange but don’t be scared off by it; nothing bad happens.
The First Sir Percy is also about Diogenes; it's the sequel and it is really good too. (I'll review it soon.)

One last thing:
Not everyone is going to like this book. 

Well Bye, 

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