meilufay’s #CBR4 review #100 An Infamous Army by Georgette Heyer
An Infamous Army was the novel Georgette Heyer was most proud of. It tells the story of a romance set during Waterloo. Heyer is famous for her attention to detail and her research but in this book she absolutely surpassed herself in learning every detail of the the circumstances leading up to Waterloo and of the battle itself. At one point, the book was studied at Sandringham for its excellent descriptions of the battle. Unfortunately, this book just did not work for me. I applaud its ambition but I found it almost interminable. For one thing, I didn’t care very much about the couple whose love story is supposed to move the plot along. For another, the pages and pages of descriptions of Wellington’s interactions and thoughts, of battle-scenes, did not really marry very well to the love story that’s supposed to tie this story together. I think if Heyer had simply written a novel of Wellington and the Battle of Waterloo, this book might have been more satisfying but the different elements of this novel were not woven together well. I think this book is worth checking out for people who love this period and hunger for well-constructed descriptions of Waterloo, otherwise, I don’t really recommend it.