Glorious swashbuckling stuff, a sort of D’Artagnan/Zorro cross, and the start of a series set in Madrid in the 1620s by a highly respected literary Spanish author having a great deal of fun.
Similar this month: None but try Gideon Defoe and Bernard Cornwell.
Comparison: C C Humphreys, Martin Stephen, James McGee.
Perez-Reverte wrote the Captain Alatriste seies as a homage to the adventure books that had been his own initiation into the world of reading as a boy - books such as Dumas's The Three Musketeers.
Captain Alatriste is a swordsman for hire in Spain in the 1620s - a time when Court intrigue is high and the decadent young king has dragged the country into a series of disastrous wars. As a hired 'blade', Alatriste becomes involved in many political plots and must live by his wits. He comes face to face with hired assassins, court players, political moles, smugglers, pirates and of course, the infamous Spanish Inquisition...
All the stories are told by Inigo Balboa, Alatriste's young page. The cast of characters also includes Quevedo, an irrepressible subversive poet who likes to start fights in the local tavern, the kind-hearted innkeeper and ex-prostitute who shares Alatriste's bed, the elegant Count of Guadalmedina, the beautiful but deadly Angelica de Alquezar, and a whole host of underworld figures.
'Perez-Reverte is very good at evoking the atmosphere of a teeming, corrupt and jaded Madrid...He is also superb at the precisely choreographed sword fights...'
'...relaxed literary fun with pastiches of the verified combat of poets in rumbustious alehouses, and walk-on parts for such luminaries as Lope de Vega...a very high class entertainment.'
Publication date: 01/06/2006
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
|Publication date:||1st June 2006|
|Publisher:||Orion Publishing Co|
|Genres:||Action Adventure / Spy, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction,|
|Categories:||Crime & mystery,|
Arturo PÃ©rez-Reverte is one of Spain's foremost novelists whose books include The Flanders Panel, The Dumas Club, The Fencing Master and Captain Alatriste (the first in the Alatriste series).More About Arturo Perez-reverte