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Purity of Blood


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Arturo Perez-Reverte's novels have captivated readers around the world and earned him a reputation as "the master of the intellectual thriller" (Chicago Tribune). Originally a war correspondent, he now writes fiction full-time. His novels include the Captain Alatriste series, The Flanders Panel, The Club Dumas, The Fencing Master, The Seville Communion, The Nautical Chart, The Queen of the South, and What We Become. His books have been published in fifty countries.He is a member of the Spanish Royal Academy. He lives near Madrid, Spain.


Those looking for seriously entertaining thrills will welcome Perez-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. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

After the darkly engaging Captain Alatriste, our eponymous hero returns to rescue a girl from a convent. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Praise for Purity of Blood "It's great fun in the tradition of historical swashbucklers such as The Three Musketeers or The Scarlet Pimpernel."--The Boston Globe "Grabs the reader from the get-go with its moddy evocation of a lost time."--USA Today "In between the flash and the clanging of swordplay, Alatriste navigates the perilous dungeons of Inquisition-era Madrid. Absolutely riveting from beginning to end."--*Entertainment Weekly "A feast of dark historical detail and believable danger in which celebrated figures, such as poet Francisco de Quevedo and painter Velazques, are mixed in for authentic flavor."--The Denver Post "Purity of Blood hits the high note of Captain Alatriste and sustains the series' uncommon verve."--The New York Times

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