Written by Alexandre Dumas in 1844, The Three Musketeers has withstood the test of time as a cherished, classic adventure novel. It tells the story of a hopeful and strong-minded young man named D’Artagnan who wants nothing more than to join the Musketeers of the Guard, the most elite troupe in France. With dreams of grandeur, D’Artagnan travels to Paris, only to have his goals derailed.
Despite constant setbacks, D’Artagnan vows to become a musketeer, befriending the three most impressive members of the guard: Athos, Porthos, and Aramis. On his thrilling path to glory, D’Artagnan finds himself caught in a web of love affairs, murder conspiracies, revenge plots, and treason. It is only with his cunning, bravery, and fierce friendship with the Three Musketeers that D’Artagnan is able to defeat his enemies, achieve his dreams, and become the hero he always wanted to be.
In honor of the 175th anniversary of the publication of The Three Musketeers, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite books that capture the same sense of adventure, along with other themes that D’Artagnan’s story embraces: enduring friendship, determination, patriotism, and outstanding courage in the face of adversity.
Sarah’s War by Eugenia Lovett West
In the midst of the chaotic Revolutionary War, Sarah Champion must embrace the unknown as she plunges head-first into a world of spies, whispered assassination plots, and deadly threats. Just like D’Artagnan, Sarah must learn the obstacles of love while courageously fighting for a cause she believes in with fierce determination, even in the face of heartbreak and fear. Her patriotism and passion drive her forward in her goals—not only to play her part in building a free country, but to discover her own strength.
Peccadillo at the Palace by Kari Bovée
In this follow-up novel to Girl with a Gun, readers join Annie Oakley to solve another mystery. This time, Annie and Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show takes to the streets of London, where Queen Victoria is hosting her Jubilee. When the queen’s servant is murdered, Annie uncovers an assassination plot against the queen just as sinister as the conspiracy that the Musketeers face. Just like the formidable, four Frenchmen in Dumas’s novel, Annie Oakley relies on the help of her friends to hunt down the enemies of the crown.
The Thorn Queen by Elise Holland
It’s never too early to introduce kids to the amazing themes of persistence and courage in the face of evil. Readers get all that and more in The Thorn Queen, an adventure that’s full of thrills and quests worthy of a musketeer. Twelve-year-old Meylyne must seek out a cure for the sickly prince if she wants to avoid imprisonment or death. With the help of her companions, Meylyne must brave through trials, treacherous conspiracies, and the vengeful Thorn Queen to win her freedom.
A Song for the Road by Rayne Lacko
In this novel, readers join fifteen-year-old Carter Danforth as he travels from Tulsa to Santa Monica to find his father. Though he doesn’t share D’Artagnan’s drive to prove himself with a sword, Carter matches the vigor of a musketeer with his passion for playing guitar. As Carter’s epic journey goes on, his progress isn’t just measured in miles, but in life-changing experiences. With every person he meets and every obstacle he faces, Carter learns that the road to self-discovery is never a straight line.
The Cards Don’t Lie by Sue Ingalls Finan
Sometimes, heroes rise from the most unlikely places. D’Artagnan was a poor nobleman, but through his determination, he becomes a respected and loyal musketeer. In The Cards Don’t Lie, we see three women who embrace that same fortitude to rise above their circumstances to become the heroes of their story. A voodoo priestess, a plantation mistress, and a patriotic prostitute join forces to rebel against norms and defend their war-ridden country. Inspired by the real-life women who lived during the Battle of New Orleans, this dramatic novel is a testament that heroes are not defined by their backgrounds.