I just ordered Pierre Pevel's The Cardinal's Blades from Powell's Books. I've been wanting that book since I started seeing reviews of it late last year, but it's not been released in the U.S. I dug around and couldn't find any kind of release date, so I thought hell with it and went ahead and ordered the UK edition. It's breathtakingly expensive what with overseas shipping and all that, but I don't care. I want to read swashbuckling books right now. I did manage to restrain myself when it came to Triumff by Dan Abnett, at least, but only because it's being released in the U.S. next month.
Does anyone have any suggestions for swashbuckling books, fantasy or otherwise? I love Anthony Hope's The Prisoner of Zenda and pretty much anything Robert Louis Stevenson ever wrote, that sort of thing. I also ordered The Mall of Cthulhu by Seamus Cooper today (because it amused me, not because it's necessarily swashbuckling, although it may be), and next time I hit the actual physical bookstore I plan to pick up The Buccaneer's Apprentice by V. Briceland. What else should I look for?
(I just noticed that Powell's thinks my name is Rain Daisy Farm. At the top of the page it says, "Hello, Rain." That would be a lot stranger if my Paypal account wasn't listed under Rain Daisy Farm.)