Beginning only twenty days after the conclusion of The Three Musketeers, The Red Sphinx continues the stories of Cardinal Richelieu, Queen Anne, and King Louis XIII. After writing the novella The Dove, Dumas wrote seventy-five chapters of The Red Sphinx, but never completed the work. This edition combines both the completed portions of The Red Sphinx and The Dove into a cohesive narrative. This is classic swashbuckling Dumas - a brilliant combination of action, romance, intrigue, and history wrapped up in the exquisite descriptive style that is Dumas' hallmark. Translator Ellsworth does an admirable job of retaining the lyric beauty of Dumas' original work.— Scott
Later, toward the end of his career, Dumas wroteThe Red Sphinx, another direct sequel to The Three Musketeers that begins, not twenty years later, but a mere twenty days afterward. The Red Sphinx picks up right where the The Three Musketeers left off, continuing the stories of Cardinal Richelieu, Queen Anne, and King Louis XIII--and introducing a charming new hero, the Comte de Moret, a real historical figure from the period. A young cavalier newly arrived in Paris, Moret is an illegitimate son of the former king, and thus half-brother to King Louis. The French Court seethes with intrigue as king, queen, and cardinal all vie for power, and young Moret soon finds himself up to his handsome neck in conspiracy, danger--and passionate romance Dumas wrote seventy-five chapters ofThe Red Sphinx, all for serial publication, but he never quite finished it, and so the novel languished for almost a century before its first book publication in France in 1946. While Dumas never completed the book, he had earlier written a separate novella, The Dove, that recounted the final adventures of Moret and Cardinal Richelieu. Now for the first time, in one cohesive narrative, The Red Sphinx and The Dove make a complete and satisfying storyline--a rip-roaring novel of historical adventure, heretofore unknown to English-language readers, by the great Alexandre Dumas, king of the swashbucklers.