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Vices behind masks of piety honor and decencyPriests are using their position of authority to influence novices at a convent in Spain Captain Alitriste is hired by a father and his sons to rescue his daughter from a particular chaplain s heinous clutches Instead the story mutates into a mission to save Alitriste s ward from the Inuisition Although the book easily met its stride I never felt it met its potential The book was much too short for my tastes This is one of my favorite authors and he could have developed a top tale with this one Except when the problem with the nunnery is discussed at the beginning it s never spoken of again This topic was a treasure trove of ideas just waiting to happen Also there is only one sword fight of note As an outline or rough draft this was a great book I just wish Perez Reverte had done 35 starsI have to admit to having been disappointed by the eponymous first book in Arturo P rez Reverte s Captain Alatriste series of swashbuckling romances It may have been due to unfair or incorrect expectations but I remember being fairly nonplussed by my reaction I love me a good swashbuckler but despite this fact I have to admit that I find myself disappointed often than not in the ones I pick up Sabatini has one truly great entry in the genre that I have read the superlative Scaramouche but I have found myself distinctly underwhelmed by every other book by him that I have taken upmuch to my chagrin Doyle s Brigadier Gerard stories are wonderful but they are as much comedies as they are swashbucklers I venerate Dumas p re but must admit that even his voluminous output has its ups and downs and contrary to popular belief I don t think that most of his works should really be classified as true swashbucklers though historical romance is such a close kissing cousin that they really ought to just get a room already It was therefore with some trepidation that I took up volume two in the Alatriste series The Purity of Blood The meat of the story revolves around the titular purity of blood that one must be able to prove especially if ou happen to have any Jewish descent in Crochet Pattern - Tutu Skirt for Onesie your family tree in order to be considered an Old Christian and the trouble that s putting it mildly encountered by those conversos unable to do so to the satisfaction of the authorities especially the infamous Inuisition Alatriste and igo get pulled into a plot that seems to be merely a family affair to begin with until it becomes apparent that there are tendrils spilling out from it into much higher levels of society Buckles are swashed secrets revealed and danger death are always waiting in the wings Through all of this P rez Reverte is able to bring into a swashbuckling adventure ruminations on the decay and hypocrisy inherent in the Spain of the Golden Age a golden age that not surprisingly leaves uite a bit to be desired and when seen face on is neither better nor worse than any of mankind s other blunders throughout historyI will admit to once again feeling or less indifferent for much of the novel All in all it was fairly goodan intriguing mystery setting things up on the first page and a fast paced adventure that was out of the gate with little to no preamble but I was still not sufficiently grabbed by the adventure to feel myself sucked into the world P rez Reverte was creating I know he s capable of this as he s done it to perfection for me in the slower paced The Fencing Master and the intriguing occult literary mystery The Club Dumas but so far in his pure swashbucklers I am not always fully engaged There were moments though The conceit of the book is that it is a first person memoir being told by igo Balboa Alatriste s ward and companion ever since the boy s father an old soldier buddy of Alatriste s died in the latter s arms and asked him to care for his son on this anon This conceit allows us to enter into igo s mind as his remembrances of hisouth take on the bitter sweet savour of a man looking back on his halcyon days from the vantage of old age Two moments here struck me as particularly moving In the first igo recalls the vision of Ang lica de Alu zar the great love of his life a love that is not without its own ambivalent ualities At times when memories seem so sweet that ambivalent ualities At times when memories seem so sweet that long even for old enemies I go and stand before the portrait Diego Vel zuez painted of her and stay for hours looking at her in silence painfully aware that I never truly knew her But along with the scars that she inflicted my old heart still holds the conviction that that girl that woman who inflicted upon me every evil she was capable of also in her way loved me till the day she died The second was in a moment of truth for igo in which his mettle and devotion to his master are tested In this moment he finds that there are some things no man can tolerate though it cost him his life or precisely because that life would not be worth living if he ielded I don t think it s too much of a spoiler to say that igo proves himself worthy of the Captain s respect and devotionDespite these moments that allow P rez Reverte s novel to be tinged with that golden glow of memory so often ascribed to the Golden Age of Spain in which these adventures take place the memoir format is not without its complications The fact of the matter is that igo spends a large portion of his time separated from the Captain no need to go into details here that really would be a spoiler need to go into details here that really would be a spoiler et we still get whole chapters told from the perspective of Alatriste without losing the assumption that ultimately it s all chapters told from the perspective of Alatriste without losing the assumption that ultimately it s all from igo s mouth or pen I m not normally a stickler for the whole what is the conceit of how we received this narrative thing though it is becoming something I think about and usually just go with the flow but it did grate a bit here for me I can t believe that the laconic Alatriste told igo anything but the barest details of what he did while they were separated Running Your Best yet we still get a view into not only Alatriste s actions but his thoughts and words as well not to mention those of the various friends and enemies with whom he interacts I liked those chapters just fine as third person narrative but they didn t really work for me as parts of igo s memoirs That uibble aside I found that as the book neared its conclusion I was warming up to it much than my experience in the first half would have suggested I would still say though that this is in some ways a book that works less as a thoroughly rousing adventure in and of itself but is rather a further set up for the long term adventures of Alatriste and igo especially in regards to the relationships they have both with each other and with those who will prove to be the greatest thorns in their sides Alatriste has a great moment at the end of the book with his nemesis the thoroughly evilet still interestingly complex swordsman and assassin Gualterio Malatesta while the aforementioned reasons for the complex feelings of igo for the lovely and deadly Ang lica de Alu zar get some page time as she is shown to play a small though key role in the stratagem that nearly proves to be the end of our two heroes All in all I wasn t completely swept away by this story but it planted enough seeds that promise potential greatness that I am committed to following along with the adventures these two motley heroes for at least a little while I hope P rez Reverte proves to live up to the promis. 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Ost of this Prince Alatriste A character that I greatly admire written well and importantly consistent The facts Captain Diego Alatriste The Fall Of White City (Victorian Chicago Mystery Series Book 1) y Tenorio 1582 1643 Leonese soldier since he was 13 Never an official captain he earned the nickname when he had to briefly take command of his unit after their real captain was killed He survives in peacetime as a sword for hire in Madrid The important facts can best be described by a sonnet written by his friend poet Don Francisco de uevedo You Diego whose sword so nobly defendsThe name and honor ofour family As long as Please Dont Tickle The Tiger you are blessed with life to live You will battle every enemyYou wear the tunic of an old brigade And with God s helpou wear it without stainYour scruples are so uncompromising That MTIV you will never let it be profanedCourageous on the bloody battlefield In days of peace still honorou acuire And in International Organizations your heart and mind there breathes such fire That to empty boastingou will never Laurus yield No words from me needed Speaking of the poems they were a pleasure to read Not being a reader of poetry I had a hard time understanding several of them but there were many others scattered throughout the text and then at the end of the story describing characters mocking situations describing the culture emphasizing pride for Spain even in a poet off responding to another poet s less then flattering poetry Next on the list of things I loved in the first two books is Perez s already established impressive expertise on the fascinating history of fencing Mindou the real study of ancient fencing not today s changed sport with all its safety precautions In Captain Alatriste s universe fencing was not a sport Or a sport It was a necessary way of life Survival One misstep could eual a bloody death I actually liked the author s The Fencing Master where he goes into far greater detail with the art But Silk and Steel you will have to read my review for that one to learn The settings of his stories are always intriguing His descriptions make them even magnificent Thrilling Unbelievable Fascinating Even betteret then to find out that these are real places in works history The Captain Alatriste series takes place in the 1620s 1623 1626 to be exact so far A time with balls and courtesans kinds and ueens gold and silver And swordsmanship There are seven novels written in the series as of 2011 with two in the worksThe series is narrated by igo Balboa Het Reservaat Van Ward Ruyslinck y Aguirre theoung Basue suire of Alatriste He is the son of Lope Balboa who was an old friend and comrade of Alatriste Alatriste s pledge to the dying Lope is to take care of his son Young I igo follows Alatriste like a shadow idolizing him although he rarely expresses any live affection or even vocal appreciation when I igo saves his life Alatriste tries to steer him away from his dangerous lifestyle but I igo s tenacity eventually wins Once this is understood Alatriste shows him a thing or two Alongside all this historic Spanish events are mentioned cultural information is given A short guide to ancient Spain As far as I can tell Perez Reverte includes these with accuracy As illustrated by his previous novel The Dumas Club Perez Reverte has a great appreciation for Spanish literature Cervantes references are also freuent which I fully admired In the first novel it is 1623 Diego Alatriste and Italian sword for hire Gualterio Malatesta are paid by two mysterious masked characters to kill a pair of unknown English visitors in Madrid They are hired by cloaked characters as mysterious as they are dangerous To be exact after they are given their directions to merely rob the travelers with no blood by a man who leaves the room a hidden character reveals himself from behind a wall This man offers than double for them to kill the travelers Alatriste and Malatesta accept It is uickly discovered that the motivation behind this is religious In Purity of Blood it is still 1623 Madrid The author focuses even on religious aspects the title referring to Portuguese Jewish blood being unpure grounds for immediate death by most the Royal Court included The novel opens with the murder of a woman left in front of the church uevedo seeks help from Alatriste to rescue a girl forced to enter a convent meanwhile Alatriste s oung suire igo Balboa deepens his infatuation with the adolescent maidservant of the ueen Ang lica de Alu zar The Italian Malatesta returns continuing the rivalry Spoilers Captain AlatristeOn the night of their deed The Italian who is discernable by his ti ri tu ta ta incantation something that gives him away in future duels and Alatriste are about to finish the men when Alatriste had a change of heart and spares the men forcing Malatesta as well This despite the Italian s dishonorable vindictively cunning tricks such as miming a surrender Malatesta leaves the scene with the promise of revenge Alas the intended victims turn out to be the Duke of Buckingham and the Prince of Wales on a mission to seduce the Infanta A high profile high danger high complexity assignment Everything he tries hard to avoid Unfortunately having been deceived Alatriste little choice in the matter now The Prince for his part is most grateful and swears to be in Alatriste s debt The second villain here turns Out To Be The to be the man in that room long ago A Dominican friar named Bocanegra an official of the Inuisition Cloaked by his followers in the church as well as lies bureaucracy politics and red tape he is almost untouchable His known but unseen presence seems to envoke a feeling of doom throughout Purity of Blood During their rescue of the girl oung I igo is captured by the Inuisition It is found out by Alatriste and uevedo that they were set up by captured by the Inuisition It is found out by Alatriste and uevedo that they were set up by rival from Book One Malatrsta I igo is tortured but no matter how intolerable it becomes he refuses to mention any names Calling on favors from those whom are indebted to him unsurprisingly there are many Captain Alatriste achieves the impossible He finds information that prevents I igo s death by gauntlet a public spectacle The information That the King s favorite with the power to grant clemency and to pardon is of unpure blood as well well I couldn t resist myself and read the second book in Captain Alatriste s series the very next week it was published and I liked it Good story Will the oung Inigo Balboa escape the clutches of the Inuisition You ll just have to read it and find out Interesting and informative from a historical perspective Among other things it prompted me to research the Spanish military term tercio its size usually 3000 men similar in size and internal organization to a Roman legion and to dig deeper and learn about the dreaded auto da fe used by the Inuisition I m not certain whether Perez Reverte intended his story and the episodes within it concerning the Inuisition especially their uestioning tactics as a commentary on our prisons at Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib but the similarities were striking and disturbing The Captain Alatriste stories the two I have read so far remind me of a cross no not that kind of cross between Zorro and the Three Musketeers all of whom by the way are worthy of literary and personal emulation Looking forward to the Captain s next adventure Y cualuier amigo del Zorro es un amigo m o But that is the way of life and that was but one of the first timesthat I was taught a useful lesson about how appearances trump truth and how villains hide their. 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I found this a disappointing swashbuckling adventure The book is written in the first person with the narrator narrating in detail the movements of his potential rescuer The problem with this is that the voice traps the story either in descriptive tell mode or when showing it has major credibility problems Harmless fun though I enjoyed the first book in this series Captain Alatriste which was only the prologue for this series Here in Purity of Blood we are introduced to a few characters and we have a rip roaring will the boy be saved plot line while a number of revenge issuesexplanations are on their way I d say this is Monte Cristo Lite I already have the third in this series here at home on my to read shelf Solid prose with just the right amount of swagger and poetry a bit thin on the plot but with enough swirling capes and flashing daggers plus a riveting account of an Inuisition auto da fe from the victim s pov to provide the reuisite chills and thrills ala Dumas pere The swashbuckling adventure is set in Perez Reverte s version of Spain s 17th century golden age when it had Europe and the world by their tender testicles A Spain that boasted Cervantes and Velazuez among its citizens but also hosted the Holy Inuisition and its egregious abuses There are other historical characters and references which full significance would go over the head of those who are not intimately familiar with Spanish history of this period mi por ejemplo but the novel manages to be both entertaining and passionately informative about its subject and that s enough to make this a fast and interesting read A well told tale of heroism and pride I like the fact that this author has found a new niche in historical fiction in Counter Reformation Spain roughly contemporary with Dumas Musketeers and I enjoy his writing style which I wasn t sure about at first but which grew on me and I have found myself exclaiming S blood in the past day or so Like Dumas he enjoys linking his fiction to real figures from history and weaving in snatches of poetry and references to various artists poets and playwrights of the day so it s a good way in for people who find history can be a rather dry subjectI must confess to a certain ambivalence about the fact that the chief villains of the piece are Dominican friars and the Spanish Inuisition Despite the popular mythology that such people revelled in torturing lies out of people the historical evidence of this period suggests that it was a far complex picture and that it was often the Church that sought to curb the excesses of the state and the mob More than once churches are referred to in this book as places of sanctuary and that was chiefly to give everyone the chance to cool off and consider what they intended to do But we are living in a time where the idea of religious fanaticism is regarded with particular suspicion and so it is natural that these provide the foil for the heroes we are presently creating Captain Alatriste I m not entirely sure in what order these books are meant to be read or were written I had thought this was the third but it referes to The Sun over Breda in the future tense In fact it hasn t mattered greatly Perez Reverte wrote many of the Captain Alatriste novels before he became widely read in English His other books The ueen of the South in particular are to my mind much better written The Alatriste series of books are just now being translated I suspect because of the success of his other effortsThis volume recreates not only the atmosphere but also the rhythm of the stylized discourse of the time early 17th century Spain I congratulate the translator for doing a great job not only with the dialogue but also with the poetry which is scattered through the book It seems clear to me that Perez Reverte has a good feel for the period about which he is writing and has captured well the corruption hypocrisy and mis placed chivalry of the time Spain is declining and those who rule her are venal and self serving at best et the Captain and his friends continue to behave consistent with their code of honor Alatriste may be a sword for hire but he is a sword for hire with a conscience The description of the Inuisition is illuminating and most likely doesn t do justice to the horrors that were visited on the poor souls caught up in its tentacles Just Having An Ancestor Who Was an ancestor who was was enough to send one to be burned at the stake after being tortured into confessing whatever the torturers wished one to confess All done in the name of protecting the one true faithReminds me a little of the insistence by many Americans that being publicly patriotic is an absolute necessity for our politicians if they want to be elected The inuisition helped lose Spain its preeminence Might unuestioning patriotism and the Department of Homeland Security do the same for the USWhile the story has its share of action swordplay conspiracy and courage it is Inigo Alatriste s adopted charge relating his struggles as a prisoner of the inuisition that I most recallPerez Reverte is unremitting in his exposure of how bad life in Spain was for all but a few at this point in time I recommend both the Alatriste books and Spain was for all but a few at this point in time I recommend both the Alatriste books and other efforts I have never been disappointed with one of his novels I have been a long time fan of Arturo Perez Reverte for a variety of reasons I will get to in a moment But before I begin my gushing I would like to note my minimal disappointment in him for the Captain Alatriste series I find series like television series significantly difficult to write correctly it ends up leading toward uantity correctly It ends up leading toward uantity uality the adage less is coming in handy uite freuently As opposed to short stories or short films to follow the analogy where condensing is the art Or Perez Reverte s forte the novel where it feels like each word is necessary each scene considered each chapter necessary This series was far too long I am confident in this assessment as I already feel this way two of of seven books in I found it validating that the 2006 film Alatriste starting Viggo Mortenson from The Road need be less than three hours This is no Game of Thrones one series season a book What we get here is the ebb and flow of a good story lengthened at unecessary points making other details seem rushed other necessary narrative structure aspects seem disproportionately lengthy Worst of all the abrupt ending to Captain Alatriste makes it blatantly that there will be a seuel And not because it is a cliff hanger Captain Alatriste actually ties necessary loose ends in that it could stand alone as a novel Except for the pacing and anticlimactic conclusion which goes a little something like this referencing The Hero s Journey ordinary would call to adventure refusal barely any meeting the mentor or crossing the threshold tests ordeal extremely short the reward the road back And then the ending trails off after that No resurrection or return of the elixir the necessary stages eleven and twelve Purity of Blood is significantly better in pacing with illustration of most of the stages It still was left open ended for the series continuance though In conclusion I would have respected the novels far had they not been forced into a series But they were and I rated accordingly Luckily for readers Perez Reverte is a talented enough author that his storytelling proficiency and handling of language makes up for Read by Scott Brick The acclaimed author of Captain Al. 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