The Three Musketeers is one of the most famous historical novels ever written. It is also of the world's greatest adventure stories, and its heroes have become symbols of the spirit of youth, daring, and comradeship. The action takes place in the 1620's at the court of Louis XIII, where the Musketeers Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, with their companion, the headstrong d'Artagnan, are engaged in a battle against Richelieu, the king's minister, and the beautiful, unscrupulous spy, Milady. Behind the flashing blades and bravura, in this first adventure of the Musketeers, Dumas explores the eternal conflict between good and evil. Recommended for grade 10. 2004, Bantam Classics. 635 pp.