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The Cardinal's Blades (Paperback)

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Welcome to 17th-century Paris where intrigue, duels and spies are rife and, with war on the horizon, Cardinal Richelieu's men may be prevailed upon to risk life and limb in the name of France at a moment's notice.

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The Three Musketeers with dragons. Well, sort of dragons. Half-bloods. And the dragons, or some of them, want to gain a foothold in France. So Cardinal Richelieu reactivates his best group of spies, his Blades, who had been dismissed in disgrace 5 years ago. But it's clear Richelieu is holding back on the Blades, and they're a bit less trusting after being betrayed by one of their own. I really love the concept. The start is a bit slow, as there is too much getting the band back together, with cuts from one person to another as they all receive their summons back to the Blades. Still, I'm eager to read the next book.

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Welcome to 17th-century Paris where intrigue, duels and spies are rife and, with war on the horizon, Cardinal Richelieu's men may be prevailed upon to risk life and limb in the name of France at a moment's notice.
The Cardinal's Blades is part historical novel, part old-fashioned swashbuckling high-action adventure, and part classic fantasy. Pierre Pevel has woven some of the best-loved fantasy tropes - musketeer-style adventuring, daring swordsmen, political intrigue, non-stop action and dragons - into a stunning new fantasy series. Paris, 1633. Louis XIII reigns over France ...and Cardinal Richelieu governs the country. One of the most dangerous and most powerful men in Europe, Richelieu keeps a constant, sharp eye on the enemies of the Crown to avoid their assassination attempts, thwart their spies and avert their warmongering. But he's up against people who will stop at nothing to achieve their goals, even going so far as to forge alliances with France's oldest and deadliest enemies. Spain, and the Court of Dragons. The nobility keep tiny dragonnets as pets; royal couriers ride tame wyverns, and lethal man-shaped scaled dracs ropam the country. But the power rising from the Court of Dragons is anything but mundane; the Black Claw sect draws on dragons as they once were: ancient, terrible, utterly merciless ...and poised to move against France. Faced with the growing threat from Spain, Richelieu summons Captain la Fargue, an exceptional swordsman, devoted officer and brilliant leader. If he's to turn aside the Black Claw's schemes, La Fargue and his legenday company of swashbucklers and rogues must be persuaded to once again risk their lives, fortunes and reputations for Richelieu, and for France. It's the biggest challenge yet for The Cardinal's Blades - and they'll need to be sharp ...

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Publisher
Gollancz
Book Format
Paperback
Number of Pages
400
Author
Pierre Pevel
ISBN-13
9780575084391
Publication Date
July, 2010
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
7.80 x 5.08 x 0.94 Inches
ISBN-10
0575084391

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While not a perfectly ...

While not a perfectly composed book, I had a ridiculous amount of fun reading it. Alternate history, a dash of Three Musketeers, dragons... daring swordfights, and an elite squad of fighters loyal to Cardinal Richelieu and the crown, out to roust a secret organization set to take over the world. If you love silly swashbuckling and 7th Sea, this is a perfect book for you. It starts a bit slow as we are introduced to our cast of characters, but picks up and dives headlong into the fun before too long. My biggest complaint is the single major female protagonist. There are a few female side characters, but there could have been more ladies. What are swashbuckling adventures without witty, pretty ladies to spy and swordfight and flirt with?

The Three Musketeers w...

The Three Musketeers with dragons. Well, sort of dragons. Half-bloods. And the dragons, or some of them, want to gain a foothold in France. So Cardinal Richelieu reactivates his best group of spies, his Blades, who had been dismissed in disgrace 5 years ago. But it's clear Richelieu is holding back on the Blades, and they're a bit less trusting after being betrayed by one of their own. I really love the concept. The start is a bit slow, as there is too much getting the band back together, with cuts from one person to another as they all receive their summons back to the Blades. Still, I'm eager to read the next book.

Set in an alternate 17...

Set in an alternate 17th century France where the lesser cousins of dragons fly the skies and Musketeers prowl the streets. Plots within plots abound as can be expected when Cardinal Richelieu is involved. He has been asked by an emissary from Spain to reform his Blade's (think The Three Musketeer's but only better) to locate a missing Marquis and needing to stay in Spain's good graces, he agrees. La Fargue, the captain of the Blades, re-assembles the team that was disbanded in disgrace 5 years previously and we are introduced to each of its members in turn. Once reformed, they are given the sketchy details of their mission and they realise that there is undoubtedly more that has been left unsaid and they will have to fill in the blanks on their own. As this is the first book of a series there is quite a bit of scene setting to be done but this does not detract from the amount of action that this book contains. There is also plenty of intrigue as the plot unfolds and you're never quite sure of the allegiances of some of the characters involved. The wyverns and dragonets are underused but I get the feeling they will be more utilised as the series develops past this opening book. My only gripe with this story is that due to the ensemble cast it is quite easy to forget just who everyone is, especially nearer the beginning. The short chapters, often just a couple of pages, don't really help in this respect. Overall though this is a pretty decent tale and the translation reads quite well.

Set in an alternate 17...

Set in an alternate 17th century France where the lesser cousins of dragons fly the skies and Musketeers prowl the streets. Plots within plots abound as can be expected when Cardinal Richelieu is involved. He has been asked by an emissary from Spain to reform his Blade's (think The Three Musketeer's but only better) to locate a missing Marquis and needing to stay in Spain's good graces, he agrees. La Fargue, the captain of the Blades, re-assembles the team that was disbanded in disgrace 5 years previously and we are introduced to each of its members in turn. Once reformed, they are given the sketchy details of their mission and they realise that there is undoubtedly more that has been left unsaid and they will have to fill in the blanks on their own. As this is the first book of a series there is quite a bit of scene setting to be done but this does not detract from the amount of action that this book contains. There is also plenty of intrigue as the plot unfolds and you're never quite sure of the allegiances of some of the characters involved. The wyverns and dragonets are underused but I get the feeling they will be more utilised as the series develops past this opening book. My only gripe with this story is that due to the ensemble cast it is quite easy to forget just who everyone is, especially nearer the beginning. The short chapters, often just a couple of pages, don't really help in this respect. Overall though this is a pretty decent tale and the translation reads quite well.

In spite of the presen...

In spite of the presence of dragons and such, this book is really an homage to Alexandre Dumas and his musketeers. The plot is full of intrigue and swashbuckling, with the dragon-types serving as off-the-screen villains. Substitute an evil secret society for the dragons and there you have a novel Dumas might have written. Which is not necessarily a bad thing, mind you.

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