The Alchemist in the Shadows

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The Alchemist in the Shadows

The Alchemist in the Shadow by Pierre Pevel is the sequel to The Cardinal's Blades and starts a few weeks immediately after the first novel. The year is 1633, in a Paris where dragons menace the realms, and Cardinal Richelieu knows France is in danger. A dark society known as the Black Claw is making moves against the Cardinal and he is going to have to use the Cardinal's Blades to stop them. The Cardinal's Blades are made of six men and women led by Captain la Fargue who are going to have to risk their lives to save France. In exchange for protection, an Italian spy offers vital information for there is a dangerous enemy that has eluded everyone so far. She can name the mysterious Alchemist.

The story is filled with court intrigue, politics and schemes that is complicated even more that magic is in play. The sequel is even better and the characters and political games seem even more complex. This novel is for those who love historical period fantasy that has plenty of sword fights, magic, and thrills. The main strength is the characters and the plot is very satisfying. The only weakness I would warn is that you do need to read the first book as the reader is going right into the world. I enjoyed the first book, but the sequel is even stronger in my opinion. I would rate it five stars as it is going on my keeper shelf.

Book Blurb for The Alchemist in the Shadows

Welcome to Paris, in 1633, where dragons menace the realm. Cardinal Richelieu, the most powerful and most feared man in France, is on his guard. He knows France is under threat, and that a secret society known as the Black Claw is conspiring against him from the heart of the greatest courts in Europe. They will strike from the shadows, and when they do the blow will be both terrible and deadly. To counter the threat, Richelieu has put his most trusted men into play: the Cardinal's Blades, led by Captain la Fargue. Six men and a woman, all of exceptional abilities and all ready to risk their lives on his command. They have saved France before, and the Cardinal is relying on them to do it again. So when la Fargue hears from a beautiful, infamous, deadly Italian spy claiming to have valuable information, he has to listen ...and when La Donna demands Cardinal Richelieu's protection before she will talk, la Fargue is even prepared to consider it. Because La Donna can name their enemy. It's a man as elusive as he is manipulative, as subtle as Richelieu himself, an exceptionally dangerous adversary: the Alchemist in the shadows ...

Night Owl Reviews May, 2011 5.00