The Musketeer’s Apprentice

Written by Sarah D’Almeida
Review by Wendy Zollo

Seeking his apprentice’s killer, Musketeer Porthos calls upon his comrades for aid in this plot-twisting historical mystery set during the reign of France’s Louis XIII.

A young boy begs the Musketeer, by plying at his vanity and ineptly attempting blackmail, to teach him the art of the sword. Charmed, Porthos agrees, though he knows little of the young noble. When he turns up dead, the grieved Musketeer gathers his friends D’Artagnan, Athos and Aramis. Together they seek to discover the boy’s identity and murderer as they delve into some harrowing adventures along the way.

The Musketeer’s Apprentice is charming and energetic, and D’Almeida certainly doesn’t do any injustice to these classic characters; quite the opposite, she makes them uniquely her own. Each character is abundantly fleshed out, and their back stories become more than just background as you’re utterly absorbed by them. The atmosphere is intense, and the historical details not forgotten, sprinkled in with good measure and for good reason throughout. This is a highly entertaining, very rollicking, delightful read.