The Cardinal's Blades

The Cardinal's Blades

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The Cardinal's Blades 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
PaulAllard 11 months ago
Fantasy novel (with little fantasy) but enjoyable nonetheless This book takes place during the reign of Louis XIII of France with Cardinal Richelieu presiding over the nation. The cardinal's Blades are an elite group task ed with a secret mission but betrayal and double-crossing prevail. The fantasy element involves the existence of dragons and dragonnets but they are mainly incidental here. /so it's more of an historical adventure story, well-told and exciting enough, a bit reminiscent of the work of Alexandre Dumas and Sir Walter Scott. With many handsome men and beautiful women, the characters are quite well-developed and I recommend this novel to those who enjoy historical fiction with a touch of fantasy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Outstanding mix of historical adventure and fantasy. I look forward to the next book.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1633 in Paris, Cardinal Richelieu as the first minister of France diligently works at insuring the French King Louis XIII is kept safe from his enemies in and out of the country. He especially fears the avarice ancestral dragons and their Black Claw agents, who have insidiously taken over much of the continent. The Black Claw especially wants to gain a foothold in France using the Spanish Ambassador to coerce the Cardinal to acquiesce. Richielieu is very concerned with the demands. His only hope to forestall trouble for France resides with his Cardinal's Blades. However, they were disbanded in disgrace following a failed mission. The Cardinal asks the former leader sexagenarian Captain La Fargue to round up the crew; but he has doubts, if he can even find them, as they were betrayed on that ill-fated mission and Richelieu condemned them. However, for France he would die so La Fargue begins his quest to find his comrades in arms. This an exhilarating alternate historical fantasy in which dragons soar over a Dumas' landscape; though the sentient beasts are more off page as their attempts to enter France with insider traitorous help vs. Richelieu and his team preventing them is the plot. The first part of the saga has a zillion relatively small subplots starring as individuals mostly the former members of the Cardinal's Blades in their own mini-lead though there are other segues (will need a scorecard); this enables the audience to know what happened to them since the fiasco "exile" and understand their specific personalities. The individual focuses converge into a super seventeenth century thriller as betrayal hinders the Cardinal's Blades. Readers will relish this sword-fighting homage to a fantasized Three Musketeers. Harriet Klausner