In the cosmopolitan world of seventeenth-century Madrid, with its posh theaters and gleaming palaces, Captain Alatriste and his protégé, Íñigo, are fish out of water. But the king and court are keeping Alatriste on retainerhe has proved useful in the past. As a veteran with no other source of income, Alatriste chooses to remain, even as his "employment" brings him uncomfortably close to old enemies. Íñigo, now a young man and veteran of the Hundred Years War, chooses to remain with his master and press his ill-fated romance with the beautiful but sinister Angélica de Alquézar. Alatriste, for his part, begins an affair with the famous - and famously beautiful - actress María de Castro, and discovers that the competition for her favors may be much more dangerous than he'd bargained for, especially when Alatriste and Íñigo become unwilling participants in a court conspiracy that could lead them both to the gallows.
"[E]legantly written and filled with thrilling swordplay and hairbreadth escapes - escapist books don't get much better than this." - Publisher Weekly
"Lightweight, pleasant and unobjectionable." - Kirkus Reviews
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Arturo Pérez-Reverte lives near Madrid. Originally a war journalist, he now writes fiction full-time. He is the author of twelve novels, including The Flanders Panel, The Club Dumas, The Seville Communion, The Queen of the South, Captain Alatriste and Pirates of the Levant. His works have been translated into twenty-eight languages and published in fifty countries. In 2002, he was elected to the Spanish Royal Academy.
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