The Cardinal’s Blades by Pierre Pevel is a story of intrigue, spies and swordfights. It is an alternate history set during 17th-century Paris.
Cardinal Richelieu and his elite force must aid France as war is on the horizon as danger rises from the south. A danger in the form of dragons and their descendants that are ancient, terrible, and powerful. These dragons are very different from the pet dragons that are common in France. Plus they have plans that do not contain freedom for men or allowing them to live.
The Cardinal’s Blades is a very enjoyable adventure story that I recommend for fans interested in historical France with dragons and sword fights. Overall, I give it a four star rating!
Welcome to seventeenth-century Paris, where intrigue, duels, and spies are rife and Cardinal Richelieu's men may be prevailed upon to risk life and limb in the name of France at a moment's notice. And with war on the horizon, the defense of the nation has never been more pressing.
Danger is rising from the south—an insidious plot that could end with a huge dragon-shaped shadow falling over France, a shadow cast by dragons quite unlike the pet dragonets that roam the cities like stray cats, or the tame wyverns men ride like horses, high over the Parisian rooftops. These dragons and their descendants are ancient, terrible, and powerful ... and their plans contain little room for the lives or freedom of men.
Cardinal Richelieu has nowhere else to turn; Captain La Fargue and his elite group of men, the Cardinal's Blades, must turn the tide. They must hold the deadly Black Claw cult at bay, root out traitors to the crown, rescue prisoners, and fulfill their mission for the Cardinal, for their country, but above all for themselves.
It's death or victory. And the victory has never been less certain.