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Purity of Blood (original 1997; edition 2006)

by Arturo Perez-Reverte

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Title:Purity of Blood
Authors:Arturo Perez-Reverte
Info:Phoenix (2006), Edition: Mass Market Paperback, Paperback, 224 pages
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Tags:Historical Fiction, Translation, Alatriste, 13 in 13

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Purity of Blood by Arturo Pérez-Reverte (1997)

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The 2nd in the Captain Alatriste series picks up the story not long after the the 1st with our heroic Spanish captain contemplating re-enlisting to avoid possible repercussions from his earlier adventure. But before he can his friend don Francisco de Quevedo, poet, swordsman and highly celebrated wit at court, requests his aid in another dangerous escapade. An acquaintance of Quevedo's has asked his help in rescuing his daughter from a convent where illicit practices are being performed by the priests. A daring rescue plan is set in motion but no sooner do they storm the convent but soldiers and agents of the Inquisition appear and it seems as though they have walked directly into a trap.

This tale is again narrated by Inigo Balboa, son of a dead wartime companion currently being cared for by Alatriste, and continues to be beset by the same problems as the earlier book. Told from after the event and including reference to future times any possible suspense to the outcome is rendered obsolete. Even when Inigo falls prey to the Inquisition you know that nothing too serious will happen to him otherwise he would be unable to fight in future battles that he recounts. The major plus continues to be the scene-setting where cultural excess is balanced by political disaster which will lead to Spain's downfall. I won't be averse to continuing the series but it's not one that I will go out of my way to pick up. ( )
  AHS-Wolfy | Jul 19, 2013 |
Fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency, an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope ... Yes, you've guessed it, this second instalment of the Alatriste memoirs introduces the one element of Spanish history that no-one expects!

Good fun, but our narrator Inigo really needs to make his mind up whether he's Jim Hawkins the cabin boy, the young d'Artagnan, or a 20th century history professor. He can't be all three at once, however much Pérez-Reverte obviously wants him to be. ( )
  thorold | Jun 30, 2013 |
This was probably better than the first Captain Alatriste story... I don't love these books but for some reason I read the second one after thinking the first one was just ok. I don't like the narrator, I guess that's it. It's strange: the boy Inigo narrates, looking back at his life, but he describes scenes in great detail in which he was not present and gives no explanations as to how he came across the info. Too convenient. ( )
  BooksForDinner | Oct 3, 2011 |
This is a good old fashioned swashbuckler. Speaking for one who hasn't bucked their swash in a long time, I really enjoyed this book. Steeped in the ambiente of Spain in the merciless grip of the Inquisition, the book takes us back to an age when a few misspoken words could result in death from the edge of a fine Castilian blade. Captain Alatriste is the hero of this fast paced tale. He is as quick with his wits as he is with his sword. Captain Alariste is a veteran of many battles under the banner of his ruler, the King of Spain. He has also pledged his sword to fight many more battles under the rule of the golden escudo. In the current book, he has taken the job of rescuing a novice nun from a convent where she, and possibly others, are reputedly being sexually abused by the head priest. Of course no good turn goes unpunished and Alatriste finds himself and his friends knee deep in trouble with the leaders of the Inquisition. This is the second in a fine series of books that started with, Captain Alatriste. Published by Plume, a member of the Penguin Group. ( )
  Ronrose1 | Sep 11, 2011 |
Spanje's neergang onder Philips IV. Kapitein Alatriste en de dichter Francisco de Quevado trekken op de valreep Alatriste's beschermeling Inigo uit de klauwen van de Spaanse Inquisitie. Mooie sfeertekening.

Plaatjes van o.a. de dichter Francisco de Quevedo, de valse Angelica de Alquezar op wie verteller de 13-jarige Inigo zo hopeloos verliefd is, haar sinistere oom Luis de Alquezar, secretaris van de koning, en de graaf-hertog De Olivares die de joods-Portugese bankiers een favoriete positie aan het Spaanse hof heeft bezorgd en dat zal moeten bezuren.
http://www.icorso.com/cola39.html ( )
  marieke54 | Sep 11, 2011 |
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Glory and honor blazoned on the quarters
of the escutcheon, hidalgos, poets, priests
fabulous Americas, ladies-in-waiting,

galleys that apprehend the infidel,
gibbets by the roadside, adventures,
and swords flashing on every corner.

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For Carlota, for whom there is no choice but to fight . . .
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That day there were bullfights in the Plaza Major, but constable Martin Saldana's festive fire had been doused.
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In Purity of Blood, the second novel in the series, 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. When a date is set to burn the man's daughter at the stake, Captain Alatriste springs into action -sword first-setting off a series of twists and turns that will keep readers riveted to the page.
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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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Hired to rescue a man's daughter from a convent where a powerful corrupt priest is forcing her to be his personal concubine, Alatriste finds himself thrust into a religious and political conspiracy with ties to the highest levels of the Inquisition.

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