Saturday, June 16, 2012

The Masqueraders


Another Heyer novel with cross dressing and gender bending; this time it features a brother and sister
who play sister and brother. The book also features the siblings' love interests and their master manipulator father. This novel is set just after the Jacobite Rising and that features in the plot and the cautious atmosphere looking for rebels.

The premise is interesting. I do like my cross dressing plots, but this novel was a tad boring for most of the book. I liked the main characters, but maybe there wasn't enough depth to them for me to really feel invested. I also couldn't really get into the romances. Sir Anthony is intelligent and big, and that seems to be about it. It felt that there was wasted potential with the premise.

One thing that has been bothering about these novels is the frequent abductions of young females. How often did this happen in the eighteenth century? It seems like every month in these books.

I did like the ending though and it wasn't a bad read by any means. Heyer usually has some nice touches in her characters and plot. I think the twists towards the end helped end this novel on a high note.

Reblogged from Aquatique.


Kellie said...

Just read this one! Not my favorite Heyer, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. I saw flashes of Sir Percy Blakeney from the Scarlet Pimpernel, one of my favorite heros/stories ever, in Sir Anthony,and that redeemed him in my eyes. You're right though, there could have been a whole lot more character development.

As to the frequent abductions of young females -that's what I love about Heyer. It's so unrealistic and over-romanticized, yet all the time it's tongue in cheek and we can laugh together with the author at ourselves and abduction-hero-villain romance in general. I love how she seems to be creating this unrealistic, over-the-top romance, then cheerfully dissapoints any hopeless romantic with something absurd or humorous instead.

I love Georgette Heyer, and I'm loving this blog! Thank you so much!

I'm in on the challenge - I hope to read them all:) Perhaps sometime in the future when I have more time, I'll be able to do some reviews... I'll leave a comment on the challenge page then.


Lori said...

This was one of the first half dozen Heyers I ever read, and it is still in my top 15.

Kraps said...

eh, this is quite funny, landed on this blog by complete chance and I have been a devout Heyer fan since I first read Grand Sophy. I think it is still my number one of Heyer's and it always cheers me up when I am down. Oddly, I have read the same Heyers - The Devil's cub, These Old Shades. I recommend Pharo's Daughter next, Arabella is alright (just really like the name Arabella and hence bought it)but I think Grand Sophy is the best:)

Michaela said...

What a lovely idea this blog is. I am so glad I found you guys. :)
I have read quite a few Heyer-novels and since I don't have that much time for reading anymore, I am in the process of listening to all of her audiobooks.
If you are still looking for reviewers, I would love to contribute to your blog. If that's okay, I could concentrate my reviews on the audiobooks?

My e-mail-address is: