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Heyer has created a remarkable story that ultimately provides a very accurate and complete accounting of the Battle of Waterloo within the context of the human relationships that were an integral part of the battle. Her main characters are very well drawn, each having many layers of complexity and showing considerable character development.
In An Infamous Army, Heyer has taken characters from two of her other novels, These Old Shades and Devil's Cub, and woven a tale from the next generation. All three are witty, highly entertaining and well-written, but this one weaves in to a much greater extent the history of the period and of, course, the battle. In my opinion, there is no better way to study history than to examine the feelings and decisions of the people who experienced it, and this book is outstanding from this perspective. I highly recommend it and would only recommend to Audible that a separate list of characters would be immensely hepful. However, the narrator does an outstanding job that enables the listener to keep them all straight and her French accent is excellent. For those who enjoy historical fiction and fine writing, this is an exceptional find.
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An Infamous Army is a serious recounting of the battle of Waterloo, with an incidental relationship between a soldier and a pettish beauty around the edges (and unfortunately also featuring the wooden Worth and irritatingly-tamed Judith from Regency Buck). One of Heyer's substantial works, rather than in her light romantic vein. It's more likely to send you looking for a website showing the uniforms of Wellington's various soldiers than into a swoon. The account of the battle is mesmerizing and completely horrible. Unless you are made of very stern stuff, you'll weep buckets. Painstakingly researched and very well read.
16 of 16 people found this review helpful
I love Georgette Heyer's books, and I'm a sucker for romance. This novel is different from her usual fare, but I'm very glad I bought it.
It was slow to get started, reintroducing us to some familiar characters from her earlier novel, Regency Buck. I stuck with it, only to find that I hated the character of Barbara Childes, which meant I couldn't really take pleasure in the unfolding romance between her and Charles Audley.
It surprised me to find, however, about a third of the way through, that I was completely enthralled by the narration of the events surrounding the Battle Of Waterloo, rather than being caught up by the romantic elements of the story.
If I'd known this book was more to do with the Duke of Wellington defending against the advance of Napolean's army, I would probably never have bought it, and that would have been a great pity.
I was totally caught up in the details of the campaign, and Heyer's account of the final battle was by turns exciting and very moving.
In the end I even grew to quite like Barbara, which I hadn't previously thought possible! But overall I definitely give my 4 stars for Heyer's informative and moving account of the Battle of Waterloo, not for the romance.
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This is a sequel to Regency Buck, or at least some of the characters reappear. It could easily be listened to as a stand-alone though.
The description of the battle of Waterloo is, apparently, so good it has been used at Sandhurst!
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