Purity of Blood (Capitan Alatriste Series #2)

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The second swashbuckling adventure in the internationally acclaimed Captain Alatriste series

Captain Alatriste, Madrid?s most charismatic swashbuckler, returns in Perez-Reverte?s acclaimed international bestseller. The fearless Alatriste is hired to infiltrate a convent and rescue a young girl forced to serve as a powerful priest?s concubine. The girl?s father is barred from legal recourse as the priest threatens to reveal that the man?s family is ?not of pure blood? and is, in...

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The second swashbuckling adventure in the internationally acclaimed Captain Alatriste series

Captain Alatriste, Madrid’s most charismatic swashbuckler, returns in Perez-Reverte’s acclaimed international bestseller. The fearless Alatriste is hired to infiltrate a convent and rescue a young girl forced to serve as a powerful priest’s concubine. The girl’s father is barred from legal recourse as the priest threatens to reveal that the man’s family is “not of pure blood” and is, in fact, of Jewish descent—which will all but destroy the family name. As Alatriste struggles to save the young hostage from being burned at the stake, he soon finds himself drawn deeper and deeper into a conspiracy that leads all the way to the heart of the Spanish Inquisition. A literary thriller that delivers adventure and rich historical detail, Purity of Blood captivates to the final page.

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Editorial Reviews

Janet Maslin
On the whole, once it extricates itself from a backlog of long names and previous plot developments, Purity of Blood hits the high note of Captain Alatriste and sustains the series' uncommon verve.f
— The New York Times
Warren Bass
Perez-Reverte's enthusiasm is contagious, and the story is propelled by his glee. When the last echo of the last clang of the last duel has died away down the muddy streets of Madrid, readers will be hungry for the next volume. They should expect more of the same -- which is, after all, the point. When asked about a job, Alatriste pauses, thinks and responds, "It will involve swordplay, I imagine." Give us the foils. Come on.
— The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
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.
Library Journal
After the darkly engaging Captain Alatriste, our eponymous hero returns to rescue a girl from a convent. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452287983
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Series: Capitan Alatriste Series , #2
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 389,356
  • Product dimensions: 5.35 (w) x 7.99 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Arturo Perez-Reverte lives near Madrid. Originally a war correspondent, he now writes fiction full-time. His novels include The Flanders Panel, The Club Dumas, The Fencing Master, The Seville Communion, The Nautical Chart, and The Queen of the South. In 2002, he was elected to the Spanish Royal Academy.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A terrific action-packed tale

    In 1623 Madrid Chief Constable Martin Saldana arrives at the crime scene of a strangled woman sitting in a sedan chair in front of the church she holds a pouch containing fifty escudos and a handwritten note stating: ¿For masses for her soul¿. He confides to his friend Captain Diego Alatriste that he is unable to resolve who murdered the woman and what motive caused the homicide.----- Don Francisco de Quevedo asks Alatriste to help him before the soldier returns to his hometown of Breda, Flanders where hostilities have once again broken out. Francisco¿s daughter Elvira is being held at La Adoracian, a convent that is a harem for the dangerous Father Juan Coroado. The duenna who brought Elvira and two other novices there simply vanished. Adding to Francisco¿s fears is that he and his daughter are not 'not of pure blood', which makes them fodder for the Inquisition fire. Alatriste accepts the assignment as he is not one to idly stand for the abuse of power, but soon connects Coroado¿s concubine center to the plaza homicide with both linked to the Inquisition.---- The sequel to the wonderful seventh century sword-buckling CAPTAIN ALATRISTE, is a terrific action-packed tale that starts off with the plaza homicide and never slows down until the final confrontation. Besides the heroic escapades of the lead protagonist, who has some set backs during his rescue attempts, readers obtain an in depth look at Inquisition Spain, but the historical tidbits are cleverly interwoven into the fabric of the adventures. Once again Arturo Pérez-Reverte provides a fabsulous fast-paced thriller starring a wonderful super soldier who delays his entry to the war flaring up back home to risk his life trying to rescue a damsel in distress.---- Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

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    So-so- historical fiction

    It helps if the reader has some knowledge of the history of Spain to appreciate this story. Spain in the 17 C. was about orthodoxy. Everyone had to be Catholic. The background is the centuries long struggle of Christian Spain to expel the Moors from Spain. That was officially accomplished in 1492. Spain continued wars, frivolous spending and a zest for orthodoxy that used the cruel Inquisition as the enforcer. No Jewish , Moorish or Protestant blood wanted in Spain. Captain Alatriste is the swashbuckling hero in this series to inform the reader of this atmosphere in Spain. Sadly, Spain pretty much exhausted its resources and has never been a world power since. The novel was just okay, but it did educate the reader.

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  • Posted December 16, 2009

    nt a very good book

    Personaly i found this book to have a slow boreing start and not to much page turning action to fill in the middle. I did this for a book report and i really had a hard time concontraiting on it because it was so boering for me. As for the story line it's pretty much just another lones swordsman tring to save a girl from "the evil villan"
    to me it was sort of a mixture between "Zorro" "Three muskuteers" "Robin Hood" amd just plain baddness. Umm for the people that read this i don't think you should take my word for it, because i like only certin types of books and in the rest of the world this book is praised like a god so buy it if you want but please do me a faver and don't do it for a book report.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2009

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    A swashbuckler that's becoming addictive

    Again we find Captain Alatriste getting into trouble with officials because of his line of work. But his troubles pale in comparison to those of his "ward" Inigo Balboa, the son of a dead fellow soldier, sent to him by the widowed mother who could not cope. Inigo is caught when a rescue attempt at a convent fails and the Italian enemy to Alatriste springs a trap. The boy ends up in the clutches of the Inquisition, in part because of his growing love for the evil daughter of a powerful figure at court.

    Still bothersome is the long suffering hero but interest in the cast of characters grows as we learn more about them in this the second novel in the series (Captain Alatriste being the first). It's hard not to be drawn along by the well-told story, and the evils of Spain in the 17th century. I look forward to picking up the next in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2006

    Purity of Blood

    Author: Arturo Perez Reverte Title: Purity of Blood Publisher: Penguin Group © 1997 The book ¿Purity of blood¿ is based on a determined captain who goes of the name Captain Alatriste living is the capital of Spain, Madrid .The Captain¿s adventure in this book was based on his father and his two brothers searching for his 13-year-old sister Inigo Balboa, which falls into the hands of the Inquisition. Captain, his father, and Captains two brothers attempt to save Inigo from the evil heretic and the heretics close friend, the Priest. The heretics had captured Inigo to occupy the Priest and he had locked her and up used her as a sexual prisoner. The goal of this book was to recuperate Inigo and bring her back to her loving family. It is tough for Captain Alatriste¿s family because of there Jewish decent. This was one of my most enjoyed books I¿ve ever read. The books I most enjoy are full of action and leave me on the edge. This book fits perfect for my needs. Captain was a very reliable man to fill you with adventure. I never knew what the out come of the problem was going to end at. Will the Captain and his family recover Inigo, or will be stuck on the search for the loved family member.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2006

    Purity of Blood

    A dashing swashbuckler, Captain Alatriste, champions the cause of a young woman who has been forced into sexual slavery in a priest's home in the days of the Spanish Inquisition. At the heart of her trial is the issue of her heritage she is of Hebrew descent. In the course of his struggle with the prejuidices holding not only an innocent girl captive, but a nation, the captain relives his own memories of the time he was a subject of the horrors and how afraid he was. ========== ** Though historically illuminating and shocking, the seesawing back and forth between memory and present narrative hampers the flow of the novel. However, if you have an interest in that period of history, this may not prove annoying to you. **

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