Les Bûchers de Bocanegra (Adventures of Captain Alatriste #2)
Captain Alatriste, Madrid's most charismatic swashbuckler, returns in Pérez-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 f...more
This 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 onl...more
Captain Alatriste is hired to rescue a young woman from a seraglio masquerading as a convent, but he never gets closer that trying to break in, because his enemies in the Inquisition and the government use the...more
Similar to the first, but darker. Which in a novel set in 1620s Spain means more realistic. When I say dark, there's nothing here that would shock a Harry Potter fan. That's impressive, considering that our narrator spends much of the novel a prisoner o...more
I read this book in a matter of h...more
The problem is that as well as it built the tension and caught the main characters up in seemingly impenetr...more
This takes place in Madrid on 17th century, while King Philip IV (III of Portugal) is reigning, in a time of intrigue, sword fighti...more
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En este episodio Alatriste está pensando en salir de Madrid y volver a servir en los ejércitos de Su Majestad, llevándose con él a Íñigo, nuestro joven narrador. Pero los planes se trastocan cuando don Francisco de Quevedo le pide ayuda para solventar un lance en beneficio de un amigo del poeta: su hija es una novicia y parece ser que en el convento, el capellán intima demasiado con las monjas, así que planean sacarla de allí a golpe de acero, con tal mala suert...more
Para el resto de la humanidad lo más probable es que este libro pueda llegar a ser bastante pretencioso y aburrido. No imagino como serán los siguientes 5 libros de la serie. O tal vez si lo imagino: espadas, dagasm duelos, referencias a Quevedo y sus contemporáneos, otros tantos muertos y el mismo tono que pretende emular las obr...more
Una digna continuación de la increíble primera parte. Sólo que ésta tiene una tram...more
It had something to do with a hired killer - How exciting!!
But the murder was never solved and the other murder was never done. So I had some wrong expectations. It can still be a good book, right? Not this one, at least not for me. The way things are told is very annoying.
"I have told you this before, but blablabla.." (No you haven't!! And if you had, why tell it again? Aargh!) "But now I am confusing things, I should tell things in th...more
As with the other stories, the plot moves briskly with vivid and explicit action sequences while the main intrigues are simmering away in the background. The first person narrative, coming from a 13 year old boy, is quite...more
One of a series of novels featuring Captain Alatriste, a soldier and sometime paid assassin, this one revolves around a scheme to rescue a young woman being held in a convent that actually operates as a bordello of sorts.
The raid goes horribly wrong, and the narrator, a young man who is the captain's...more