This book reminds me a lot of Zorro type stories. Some swashbuckling action, a hero in disguise, a little bit of romance, a villain you love to hate, impossible situations, rescuing the helpless, and more. It was a fun book to read.
It takes place during the French Revolution, and revolves around the mystery of the superhero-esque Scarlet Pimpernel, an Englishman who has taken it upon himself to rescue French aristocrats from the guillotine. He hides in plain sight, with brilliant disguises, ridiculous daring, and a strong sense of honor. The writing style is straightforward, with just enough melodrama to make it really fun.
With plenty of drama, interesting characters, and mystery, all wrapped up in proper English garb, The Scarlet Pimpernel is a satisfying read. It’s not overly meaty, but it’s brilliant, fun, and plain old enjoyable. This is a book I will likely read again and again, when I’m in the mood for something fun.