POLL: Best Alastair-Audley Book?

Unlike many writers in the genre today, Georgette Heyer didn’t really go in for series among her historical romance novels. Most stand alone entirely, with the exception of the Alastair-Audley sequence of four books, following the doings of the Alastair clan from Georgian times through to the Battle of Waterloo, and the Audley and Taverner families in the Regency. But which of these four is the best of the bunch, do you think? Vote and let us know! 

Best Alastair/Audley Book?
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  1. I have never agreed with the notion that these 4 books count as any kind of a series. These Old Shades and Devil’s Cub are clearly related as the latter follows the story of Avon and Leonie’s son. Both books are Georgian; and there is a real pleasure in revisiting characters from TOS some 25 years after first encountering them.
    Regency Buck is her first Regency and is a stand alone. An Infamous Army is about Waterloo and the story of the people is almost secondary to the minutiae of the battle.
    Whilst Worth and Judith and Charles are revisiting from RB, Barbara is supposed to be Mary and Dominic’s granddaughter. However, according to the timeline, their son Vidal would have to have been about 10 when Barbara was born!! Dominic and Mary make a fleeting and distinctly unsatisfactory appearance in AIA and quite frankly I would have much preferred that Heyer had not given in to the impulse to allow them to make an appearance at all, rather than treat them so summarily and boringly!
    TOS and DC are both excellent reads. DC was my first Heyer aged 11, swiftly followed by TOS. To choose one above the other is too painful! 😪
    RB was Heyer’s first Regency and whilst I always enjoy it, she has not quite found her metier here. AIA is a different book entirely and one which I appreciate more every time I read it. To choose one over the other is impossible in my opinion: although the poll,certainly made me think! 🤔

  2. It’s a pity that An Infamous Army received the lowest number of votes. Except for inaccuracies in its fiction character timelines, it is Georgette Heyer’s most accurately depicted historical novel, to the extent that An Infamous Army was used as a reading reference in Sandringham. In dramatic sense, its fictional characters showed the more human/less romanticised aspect of their personalities, so that I can’t help but be moved by it.

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