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Purity of Blood: Book Two of the Adventures of Captain Alatriste

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Arturo Pérez-Reverte is one of the most beloved writers in the world. His bestselling novels, including The Club Dumas and The Queen of the South, have been published in fifty countries and translated into twenty-eight languages. Now, with The Adventures of Captain Alatriste, he delivers a magnificent series, already a million-copy bestseller in Spain, that chronicles the heroic adventures of a seventeenth-century swordsman.

In Purity of Blood, the second novel in the series, the courageous Alatriste is considering rejoining his old regiment to fight in Breda — but his blade leads him to another adventure. A desperate father hires him to rescue his daughter from a convent where a powerful priest is said to be using the girl as his personal concubine. The father has been prevented from legal recourse because the priest has threatened to reveal that the man's family is "not of pure blood" — is, in fact, of Jewish descent — which will all but destroy the family name. Alatriste agrees to help, and several nights later, under the cloak of darkness, a rescue attempt is made.

But soon Alatriste discovers that he has become part of a religious and political conspiracy that leads all the way to the highest levels of the Inquisition. When a date is set to burn the man's daughter at the stake, Captain Alatriste springs into action — sword first — setting off a series of twists and turns that will keep readers riveted to the page.

Review:

"Those looking for seriously entertaining thrills will welcome Prez-Reverte's second 17th-century Spanish swashbuckler featuring the exploits of stoic, honorable Capt. Diego Alatriste (after 2005's Captain Alatriste). A father and two brothers accompany Alatriste on a mission to rescue their sister from the convent in which she has been imprisoned. Things go wrong when an old enemy of the captain ensures that Alatriste's ward, 13-year-old Inigo Balboa, falls into the hands of the Inquisition. With the aid of the great Spanish poet Francisco de Quevedo, all is made right. Rich in historical detail and sardonic observations, the narrative begins leisurely. The pace picks up, but the action is never so breathless as to sweep the reader along, as with Captain Alatriste. Still, this will matter little to fans, who are sure to look forward to further installments in the series." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Captain Diego Alatriste y Tenorio seems somehow familiar. You know the type: world-weary, cynical, quietly lethal — the type of fellow who, 'while others strut about clanking their swords against the furniture and boasting in loud voices, sits quietly in a corner of the gaming house, unblinking, taking in every detail, not opening his mouth, until suddenly he gets up and without changing expression... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"Filled with fabulous historical detail....Purity of Blood is absolutely riveting from beginning to end. (Grade: A)" Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"[A] completely absorbing novel that, like the first one in the series, absolutely defines swashbuckling....This novel is written in the mold of Dumas' musketeer novels and excitingly upholds the tradition." Booklist

Review:

"On the whole, once it extricates itself from a backlog of long names and previous plot developments, Purity of Blood hits the high note of Captain Alatriste and sustains the series' uncommon verve." Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Review:

"It's great fun in the tradition of historical swashbucklers such as Three Musketeers or The Scarlet Pimpernel, and yet it's not all sword fights and breakneck horseback rides." Boston Globe

Review:

"Pérez-Reverte is a master at evoking the particular color of the times, with brothels, taverns, torero arenas and dark alleyways as essential props." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"As Alatriste battles Italian arch-nemesis Gualterio Malatesta, Pérez-Reverte provides characteristically stirring play-by-play." Christian Science Monitor

Review:

"Though thrilling in places, the Alatriste stories are not meant to be raced through....Pérez-Reverte has obligingly already written the next three books, so all we have to do is persuade Putnam to release them as quickly as possible." Detroit Free Press

Synopsis:

A desperate father hires Alatriste to rescue his daughter from a convent where a powerful priest is said to be using the girl as his personal concubine. Soon Alatriste discovers that he has become part of a religious and political conspiracy that leads all the way to the highest levels of the Inquisition.

Synopsis:

The second swashbuckling adventure in the internationally acclaimed Captain Alatriste series

Captain Alatriste, Madrid’s most charismatic swashbuckler, returns in Perez-Reverte’s acclaimed international bestseller. The fearless Alatriste is hired to infiltrate a convent and rescue a young girl forced to serve as a powerful priest’s concubine. The girl’s father is barred from legal recourse as the priest threatens to reveal that the man’s family is “not of pure blood” and is, in fact, of Jewish descent—which will all but destroy the family name. As Alatriste struggles to save the young hostage from being burned at the stake, he soon finds himself drawn deeper and deeper into a conspiracy that leads all the way to the heart of the Spanish Inquisition. A literary thriller that delivers adventure and rich historical detail, Purity of Blood captivates to the final page.

About the Author

Arturo Perez-Reverte lives near Madrid. Originally a war journalist, he now writes fiction full-time. His novels have been published in fifty countries. In 2002, he was elected to the Spanish Royal Academy.

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Edward Hahn, July 21, 2011 (view all comments by Edward Hahn)
Perez-Reverte wrote many of the Captain Alatriste novels before he became widely read in English. His other books, "The Queen of the South" in particular, are, to my mind, much better written. The Alatriste series of books are just now being translated, I suspect because of the success of his other efforts.

This volume recreates, not only the atmosphere but also the rhythm of the stylized discourse of the time, early 17th century Spain. I congratulate the translator for doing a great job, not only with the dialogue but also with the poetry which is scattered through the book.

It seems clear to me that Perez-Reverte has a good feel for the period about which he is writing and has captured well the corruption, hypocrisy, and mis-placed chivalry of the time. Spain is declining and those who rule her are venal and self-serving at best, yet the Captain and his friends continue to behave consistent with their code of honor. Alatriste may be a sword for hire but he is a sword for hire with a conscience.

The description of the Inquisition is illuminating and most likely doesn't do justice to the horrors that were visited on the poor souls caught up in its tentacles. Just having an ancestor who was Jewish was enough to send one to be burned at the stake after being tortured into confessing whatever the torturers wished one to confess. All done in the name of protecting the one true faith.

While the story has its share of action, swordplay, conspiracy and courage, it is Inigo, Alatriste's adopted charge, relating his struggles as a prisoner of the inquisition that I most recall.

Perez-Reverte is unremitting in his exposure of how bad life in Spain was, for all but a few, at this point in time. I recommend both the Alatriste books and his other efforts. I have never been disappointed with one of his novels.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780452287983
Author:
Perez-Reverte, Arturo
Publisher:
Plume Books
Translator:
Peden, Margaret Sayers
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Adventure
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series:
The Adventures of Captain Alatriste
Series Volume:
02
Publication Date:
November 28, 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.02x5.36x.65 in. .54 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Those looking for seriously entertaining thrills will welcome Prez-Reverte's second 17th-century Spanish swashbuckler featuring the exploits of stoic, honorable Capt. Diego Alatriste (after 2005's Captain Alatriste). A father and two brothers accompany Alatriste on a mission to rescue their sister from the convent in which she has been imprisoned. Things go wrong when an old enemy of the captain ensures that Alatriste's ward, 13-year-old Inigo Balboa, falls into the hands of the Inquisition. With the aid of the great Spanish poet Francisco de Quevedo, all is made right. Rich in historical detail and sardonic observations, the narrative begins leisurely. The pace picks up, but the action is never so breathless as to sweep the reader along, as with Captain Alatriste. Still, this will matter little to fans, who are sure to look forward to further installments in the series." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Filled with fabulous historical detail....Purity of Blood is absolutely riveting from beginning to end. (Grade: A)"
"Review" by , "[A] completely absorbing novel that, like the first one in the series, absolutely defines swashbuckling....This novel is written in the mold of Dumas' musketeer novels and excitingly upholds the tradition."
"Review" by , "On the whole, once it extricates itself from a backlog of long names and previous plot developments, Purity of Blood hits the high note of Captain Alatriste and sustains the series' uncommon verve."
"Review" by , "It's great fun in the tradition of historical swashbucklers such as Three Musketeers or The Scarlet Pimpernel, and yet it's not all sword fights and breakneck horseback rides."
"Review" by , "Pérez-Reverte is a master at evoking the particular color of the times, with brothels, taverns, torero arenas and dark alleyways as essential props."
"Review" by , "As Alatriste battles Italian arch-nemesis Gualterio Malatesta, Pérez-Reverte provides characteristically stirring play-by-play."
"Review" by , "Though thrilling in places, the Alatriste stories are not meant to be raced through....Pérez-Reverte has obligingly already written the next three books, so all we have to do is persuade Putnam to release them as quickly as possible."
"Synopsis" by , A desperate father hires Alatriste to rescue his daughter from a convent where a powerful priest is said to be using the girl as his personal concubine. Soon Alatriste discovers that he has become part of a religious and political conspiracy that leads all the way to the highest levels of the Inquisition.
"Synopsis" by ,
The second swashbuckling adventure in the internationally acclaimed Captain Alatriste series

Captain Alatriste, Madrid’s most charismatic swashbuckler, returns in Perez-Reverte’s acclaimed international bestseller. The fearless Alatriste is hired to infiltrate a convent and rescue a young girl forced to serve as a powerful priest’s concubine. The girl’s father is barred from legal recourse as the priest threatens to reveal that the man’s family is “not of pure blood” and is, in fact, of Jewish descent—which will all but destroy the family name. As Alatriste struggles to save the young hostage from being burned at the stake, he soon finds himself drawn deeper and deeper into a conspiracy that leads all the way to the heart of the Spanish Inquisition. A literary thriller that delivers adventure and rich historical detail, Purity of Blood captivates to the final page.

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