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 ...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages, map
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 14/07/2011
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9780575084421
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Review by wyvernfriend
France is under threat from the Black Claw society. The Cardinal's Blades are working to fight this and trying to ensure the safety of the realm. There are wheels within wheels, with plots, complications and a lot of malice making people's life miserable.It's like the Four Musketeers meet dragons, a world where the focus of the story as well are the musketeers of the cardinal rather than the king, which is an interesting twist on the whole affair. I'd say you would get greater enjoyment out of this series if you were more au fait with French Literature of this era. It's an interesting series and an interesting twist on the dragon concept.