Author(s): Arturo Perez-Reverte
Perez-Reverte wrote the Captain Alatriste series as a homage to the adventure books that had been his own initiation into the world of reading as a boy - books such as Dumas's The Three Musketeers.
Captain Alatriste is a swordsman for hire in Spain in the 1620s - a time when Court intrigue is high and the decadent young king has dragged the country into a series of disastrous wars. As a hired 'blade', Alatriste becomes involved in many political plots and must live by his wits. He comes face to face with hired assassins, court players, political moles, smugglers, pirates and of course, the infamous Spanish Inquisition...
All the stories are told by Inigo Balboa, Alatriste's young page. The cast of characters also includes Quevedo, an irrepressible subversive poet who likes to start fights in the local tavern, the kind-hearted innkeeper and ex-prostitute who shares Alatriste's bed, the elegant Count of Guadalmedina, the beautiful but deadly Angelica de Alquezar, and a whole host of underworld figures.
The Captain Alatriste books have sold over 5 million copies in Spain alone. This is the first time they will be available in English Major film already in production starring Viggo 'Aragorn' Mortensen Captain Alatriste is so popular he has his own website with games, a comic strip, and Alatriste's dictionary 'Captain Alatriste is poised to become fiction's hottest international swashbuckler since the Scarlet Pimpernel' Time 'Perez-Reverte is very good at evoking the atmosphere of a teeming, corrupt and jaded Madrid...He is also superb at the precisely choreographed sword fights' Daily Telegraph 'Splendid swashbuckler set in 1620 Madrid...Warmly recommended. Escapism to stir the heart.' Literary Review
'The arrival of a new Alatriste book is always a joy... it's one to be devoured with passion... Highly recommended.' HAM & HIGH (30/6/06) 'The cult of the renegade swordsman seems poised to increase... Ought to tickle the fancy of anyone who enjoys having their swashes buckled.' GUARDIAN (8/7/06)
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 Nautical Chart, and The Queen of the South. In 2002, he was elected to the Spanish Royal Academy.