In Purity of Blood, the second novel in the series (following Captain Alatriste, 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.
'The pace picks up, but the action is never so breathless as to sweep the reader along, as with Captain Alatriste.' - PW.
'This novel is written in the mold of Dumas' musketeer novels and excitingly upholds the tradition.' - Booklist.
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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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