Pierre Pevel

Pierre Pevel was born 1968 in France. One of the foremost writers of French science fiction and fantasy he received the Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire for his novel Les Ombres de Wielstadt in 2002. Prior to becoming a full-time writer he was a scriptwriter and author of role-playing games.

Pevel's novels belong primarily within the alternate-history and historical-fantasy sub-genres, set in universes inspired by precise historical periods. One of his favourite authors is Michael Moorcook and he has cited Alexandre Dumas as a large influence on his writing.

"Well, actually, I would advise readers who aren’t familiar with my books to start by diving into The Cardinal’s Blades. And then invite them to read The Alchemist in the Shadows. And finally tackle the third volume in the trilogy, The Dragon Arcana: that’s the one nominated for the DGLA this year. But only if they enjoy historical fantasy, dragons and swashbuckling adventures. (But what am I saying? Doesn’t everyone enjoy historical fantasy, dragons and swashbuckling adventures?)"
Pierre Pevel in a sixty second interview with Gollancz

Pierre Pevel books reviewed


Cycle de Wieldstadt

  • Les Ombres de Wieldstadt (2001)
  • Les Masques de Wieldstadt (2002)
  • Le Chevalier de Wieldstadt (2004)


  • Les Enchantements d'Ambremer (2004)
  • Les Enchantements d'Ambremer t.2 : L'Elixir d'oubli (2004)

Les Lames du Cardinal

  • Les Lames du Cardinal (2007)
  • Les Lames du Cardinal t.2 : L'Alchimiste des ombres (2009)
  • Les Lames du Cardinal t.3 : Le Dragon des Arcanes (2010)

The Cardinal's Blades (English translations of Les Lames du Cardinal)

  • The Cardinal's Blades (2009)
    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...
  • The Alchemist in the Shadows (2010)
    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...
  • The Dragon Arcana (2011)
    This is Paris. This is 1633. This is a world under attack from dragons. Cardinal Richelieu is on his guard against the greatest danger he, or France, has faced. A secret society known as the Black Claw is plotting in the shadows. They have already struck twice, and with their third blow they mean to finish their task. Unless the Cardinal's Blades can stop them. They are all prepared to risk their lives for the Crown, this time the question is not whether they will need to... it's whether or not they will survive. Who are the Dragon Arcana, what secret are the Chatelaine nuns trying so hard to protect, and if an ancient dragon is unleashed on Paris will the Blades really stand a chance against it..?