What was originally published as the second half of Twenty Years After is now the fourth volume in the Musketeers cycle, as d'Artagnan and Porthos find themselves in England—and on the opposite side from Athos and Aramis. But their friendship prevails, and soon they are united against the murderous and cunning Mordaunt, son of Milady de Winter, who seeks to avenge his mother's death and topple the English king. D'Artagnan finds himself foiled by this young foe, who possesses the audacity and cunning that were once his hallmarks; to prevail, he will have to rally his comrades as a true leader of men. Lawrence Ellsworth's new translation gives us the real excitement of Dumas's swashbuckling epic, abandoning the stodgy Victorian English of past versions to restore the author's dynamic style, sharp dialogue, and bawdy humor.
"Ellsworth is responsible for one of the biggest literary projects happening right now in the English language … translating the entirety of Alexandre Dumas's stories of the Three Musketeers, all 1.5 million words of it…. In Ellsworth's hands, these stories of swashbuckling and all-for-one-and-one-for-all friendship feel new again."—Brooklyn Rail