Oh, antiheroes. How I love to begrudgingly like them. And Monty is one of the most unlikable yet likable antiheroes I’ve ever read. Your classic rich white boy who loves to party and get into trouble, Henry “Monty” Monague is leaving for his ‘Tour’, a trip around continental Europe. This is his parents’ last indulgence of his lifestyle. And his father sends him off with an ultimatum. Act with dignity on his trip and come back ready to participate in the family business, or don’t come back at all.
Monty is accompanied by his sister Felicity, and his best friend, Percy, who Monty is secretly in love with.
When Monty can’t resist one last reckless act, he finds himself and his traveling companions hunted by members of the French court who will stop at nothing to get back the trinket that he stole. They peruse the unlikely band of adventurers across Europe in a race to discover a hidden secret.
I had a hard time with this book at first. But Monty’s utter lack of ability to do anything right won me over eventually. While he comes across as an ignorant, rich, white boy (and to start at least, he is), that works to his advantage in some cases. His ignorance of how things work or are done in the lower classes is amusing on more than one occasion. And despitete his haughtiness, Monty cares so strongly about Percy makes his mistakes a bit easier to forgive. Obviously, if someone as upstanding as Percy can remain Monty’s friend, there must be some redeeming qualities in the young nobleman.
The action in this book is especially fun. As the trio (Monty, Percy, and Felicity) race across Europe they encounter highwaymen, pirates, and a traveling fair.
All in all this book is a fantastic romp that I highly recommend to anyone looking for a good action adventure set in the age of European nobility and royalty.
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