Surviving as an outcast, Lukas encounters thieves and mercenaries, a strange astrologer, and a master swordsman. He also meets three other fencers - Giovanni, Paulus, and Jerome. Each brings a special talent to their team that leads them to the Black Musketeers, the best fighters in the army. But living with the black-armored Musketeers is nothing like they imagined. In his quest to find his sister, Lukas learns of a legendary book that holds powerful magic. As he fights to keep the Book of the Night out of the hands of his greatest enemy, Lukas discovers the secrets of his own family and what it really means to be a Musketeer.
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By Leslie on 03-11-16
as always this other keeps me bound to his stories from the first pages and has done it again on this book. I look forward to Oliver's books at every release
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By Ichiji on 28-07-17
Unimaginative story with unprofessional narrator
This is an uninspiring YA historical novel. Unfortunately, it also has an uninspiring YA narrator. The combination makes me recommend against this book. I suppose this narrator was chosen because he sounds young. When I listen to audiobooks, I am continually awed by the talents of narrators. But this one sounded like just an average person. He had the unfortunate sloppy diction common to millennials -- which is grating to any listener who actually appreciates the English language. That kind of contemporary vocal style works OK for conversation, but not for a professional narrator. He pronounced a bunch of words incorrectly. (At least, half way through, he started pronouncing "impudent" correctly -- too bad the manuscript uses that adjective so much.) Even if that happened, shouldn't the director notice it and do a re-take? Also, he would say lines like [whispered] "yes... he screamed." It was almost like he didn't review the book before reading it aloud. I got through to the end, but just barely.
The magic in the story is unimaginative, and doesn't invite the listener to suspend disbelief. The "four musketeer" characters are cardboard. The scenes with the child gang were disjointed from the rest of the story and should have been edited out of the original manuscript.
I have liked works from this author before, but from now on I will stay away from his YA material.
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