A swashbuckling new adventure series starring the Spanish D'Artagnan - from international bestseller Arturo Perez-Reverte
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.
The arrival of a new Alatriste book is always a joy... it's one to be devoured with passion... Highly recommended. - HAM & HIGH (30/6/06)
The cult of the renegade swordsman seems poised to increase... Ought to tickle the fancy of anyone who enjoys having their swashes buckled. - GUARDIAN (8/7/06)
Arturo Perez-Reverte is one of the foremost living Spanish novelists. He began life as a reporter and has covered conflicts such as the wars in Eritrea, Sudan, Mozambique and the first Gulf War. But he is also an internationally bestselling author, best known outside Spain for books such as The Dumas Club, The Fencing Master and The Flanders Panel.