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Les Royaumes de Borée ("the realms of Boreas") is a 2003 novel by the French writer Jean Raspail. The narrative spans from the 17th century to modern times and focuses on Oktavius-Ulrich de Pikkendorff, an officer who is appointed commander of Valduzia, a grand duchy in Karelia. Pikkendorff's task is to guard the border to the Grand North, a legendary continent located to the north of Europe. The novel is a spiritual sequel to Sept cavaliers from 1993.[1]

Sept cavaliers
Les Royaumes de Borée.jpg
First edition cover
AuthorJean Raspail
PublisherÉditions Albin Michel
Publication date
March 2003

The novel received the Jules Verne Prize from the Breton Academy.[2] It was the basis for a three-volume comic-book adaptation by Jacques Terpant.[3]


Jean-Rémi Barland of L'Express described the book as an "epic, sonorous and majestic novel". The critic wrote: "Riding on the counter-current of conformism, the novelist's heroes invest these frontiers of legend, and the plot, running over three centuries, encompasses a host of colourful characters captured in all their wild grandeur."[4]


  1. ^ "Les Royaumes de Borée". (in French). Retrieved 2015-05-28.
  2. ^ "Grand Prix Jules Verne". (in French). Retrieved 2015-05-28.
  3. ^ Staff writer (2010). "Interview du Cavalier numéro 9 : Jacques Terpant". (in French). Retrieved 2015-05-28.
  4. ^ Barland, Jean-Rémi (2003-06-01). "Les royaumes de Borée". L'Express (in French). Retrieved 2015-05-28. roman épique, sonore et majestueux"; "Chevauchant à contre-courant du conformisme, les héros du romancier investissent ces frontières de légende, et l'intrigue, courant sur trois siècles, brasse une foule de personnages bigarrés saisis dans toute leur grandeur sauvage.

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