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Purity of Blood (Las aventuras del capitán Alatriste #2)

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  3,833 Ratings  ·  191 Reviews
In the second adventure of Arturo Perez-Reverte's Captain Alatriste series, the courageous swordsman-for-hire considers rejoining his old regiment to fight at Breda - but there is a job to do first. A desperate father, Don Vicente de la Cruz, hires Alatriste to rescue his daughter from a convent where a powerful priest is said to be using the girl as his personal concubine ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published January 5th 2006 by Putnam Adult (first published 1997)
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3.5 stars

I have to admit to having been disappointed by the eponymous first book in Arturo Pérez-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 more often than not in the ones I pick up. Sabatini has one truly great entry in the genre that I have read (the superlativ
BAM The Bibliomaniac
"But that is the way of life, and that was but one of the first times...that I was taught a useful lesson about how appearances trump truth, and how villains hide their vices behind masks of piety, honor, and decency."

Priests 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
Главное достоинство [русских переводов] книг Переса-Реверте о приключениях капитана Алатристе – прекрасный литературный язык – классически образный, не слишком витиеватый, богатый, но не вычурный, – который в современных романах встречается так редко. Большая читательская радость и спасибо переводчику.

Ну, и отдельно хочется отметить, как, в сущности, такому роману-безделице, который лично я планирую читать своему сыну вместо "Трёх мушкетеров", когда ему будет лет десять, как такому незамысловат
Mario Espinosa
Jan 21, 2016 Mario Espinosa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Este es el Alatriste que más me ha gustado. La Inquisición y los autos de Fé dan mucho juego, sobre todo si son en La Plaza Mayor de Madrid y el que lo lee es "gato" y, por tanto, se puede imaginar la situación. La fallida película que se hizo en su día obviaba esta segunda aventura y se centraba más en otros pasajes "más fáciles" de filmar; una lástima. A ver si la HBO se da cuenta del potencial de estos libros de aventuras y hace una serie a la altura. Creo que media España la vería.
Víctor Blanco
Dec 06, 2015 Víctor Blanco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Una historia mucho más oscura que la novela anterior.

A pesar de que hay un giro de la trama que no me ha gustado demasiado, le voy a poner sus 4 estrellas. Se trata de una novela de rápida lectura, que me ha absorbido desde el principio. Me ha encantado descubrir varios términos en castellano antiguo, así como adjetivos que son como joyas rescatadas por un gran conocedor de nuestra lengua.

Seguimos adelante con la saga.
Sep 25, 2016 Jay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story. Will the young Inigo Balboa escape the clutches of the Inquisition? 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 3,000 men, similar in size and internal organization to a Roman legion) and to dig deeper and learn more about the dreaded auto-da-fe used by the Inquisition. I'm not certain whether Perez-Reverte intended his story, a ...more
Mar 27, 2015 Vaso rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!!!
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 more difficult to "write correctly". It ends up leading toward quantity over quality, the adage "less is more" coming in handy quite frequently. As opposed to short stories- or short films, to follow the analogy- where cond ...more
Jul 07, 2008 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Historical Fiction, Dumas fans,
Perez-Reverte wrote many of the Captain Alatriste novels before he became widely read in English. His other books, "The Queen 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 efforts.

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
Nov 22, 2012 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Grace Tjan
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 Inquisition auto-da-fe from the victim’s p.o.v.) to provide the requisite 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 Velazquez among its citize ...more
Greg Z
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 more characters and we have a rip-roaring "will the boy be saved" plot line while a number of "revenge" issues/explanations 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!
Jun 24, 2013 Isi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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Review in English

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
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Este libro me gustó mucho más que el anterior, una vez que se empiezan a meter con los temas políticos/religiosos (hay que reconocer que en esa época eran casi lo mismo) la historia de Alatriste mejora mucho.

Son libros que se leen super rápido, si el resto de esta saga sigue con esta calidad se me van a pasar volando.

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Julia DeBarrioz
Feb 25, 2017 Julia DeBarrioz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spain
I loved this from cover to cover, a great swashbuckling tale in the golden age of Spain. It certainly didn't go in the direction I expected to, taking darker twists and turns that really showed the rotten underbelly of all that glittered back in those days. Alatriste is a reluctant hero, but a real one.

When in the first book I noticed his surname was Alatriste y Tenorio I thought nah, it can't be THAT Tenorio... but lol, yep, apparently he's related to The Don Juan in some capacity, so who coul
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Whatever the proximity of these events to the Affair of the Two Englishmen, Íñigo Balboa's narration is taking on a harder edge. The wars are not going well, and Spain appears determined to shoot itself in the foot with grand displays of piety and style over practicality. In particular is the problem of "Purity of Blood" of the title: it is essential for the nobility to cov
Richard Harden
Jan 01, 2011 Richard Harden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Calling one of Arturo Pérez Reverte's books "fun" or "interesting" completely misses the genius of this author. The action is, without a doubt, exciting. But a book that includes Francisco de Quevedo as one of the primary supporting characters, and that does so well, weaving his beliefs and his poetry into the action deserves to be considered on a much higher scale than the average book. Having a main character whose second last name is "Tenorio" and whose "uncle"'s exploits were immortalized by ...more
Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
Arturo Perez-Reverte is a brilliant writer. I commented on his relaxed style when reviewing "Captain Alatriste"; how he makes you feel as if you're sat at a table in the Tavern of the Turk, dust motes glinting in the hot sunlight streaming through the window, the heady aroma of rich wine and the smell of sweat assaulting your nostrils, listening to Inigo Balboa tell his tale. At times he digresses, sometimes there is wit and humour... always he keeps you riveted.
I read this book in a matter of h
Jan 16, 2009 Evan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Favorite new word from this novel: "desencuadernada" (the book without a binding), a euphemism for a deck of cards; ironically juxtaposed to the "men who read just one book" (the men of the Inquisition who constituted the novel's primary nemeses).

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
Jan 05, 2008 rinabeana rated it really liked it
Shelves: series
Though the High Inquisitor was in the first book, the practices of the Spanish Inquisition were more clearly depicted in this story. Their tactics as described by poor Íñigo are utterly appalling. I also have to say that I liked Íñigo in the first book, but I grew even more enamored of him in this book, despite his helpless infatuation with Angelica de Alquezar. For a thirteen-year-old, he's certainly opinionated about the state of Spain and he uses very strong language. I love how Pérez-Reverte ...more
Sep 30, 2007 Isabelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Captain Altratriste is a Spanish war veteran turned "blade for hire", always dueling, mostly silent, with powerful friends in the royal entourage but also powerful enemies in the Holy Inquisition. The plot was a little thin, but the characters are so incredibly wicked and literate. The story is told by Altatriste's young apprentice, an adolescent in love with a Spanish Lilith and already in the grips of the inquisitors. Of course, this all has to do with the Jews having converted to Catholicism ...more
Alfonso Romero
May 12, 2016 Alfonso Romero rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
En la misma línea que el primero de la saga aunque más duro si cabe al tratar el tema de la inquisición. Me encanta el "juego" que creo que hace al describir a la España de la época y la cual es fácilmente adaptable a la España de ahora "Aquella España desdichada, dispuesta siempre a olvidar el mal gobierno, la pérdida de una flota de Indias o una derrota en Europa con el jolgorio de un festejo..."
Apr 20, 2007 Jo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the second in a series of books I have read by Arturo Perez-Reverte that feature Captain Alatriste, a 17th century Spanish soldier who lives as a swordman for hire. These books take place in Madrid and are very pleasant entertaining reads. For some reason the NY Times gives Perez-Reverte great reviews. A good airplane or train read but noting spectacular.
Jan 09, 2010 Vivienne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another highly literary historical novel that continues the adventures of Captain Alatriste and his friends. I would say it is a series where it is important to read in order as events here follow on from Book 1, including the motives of the baddies.

Jair Ibarra
Nov 20, 2014 Jair Ibarra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
No tan entretenido como el primero, pero entretenido de una manera muy particular. No fui fan de esos fragmentos de sonetos regados por aquí y por allá, más que sentirlos de relleno, parecía que los usaba para alcanzar un número determinado de palabras.
Historia concisa y directa pero nada más.
Dec 18, 2016 Anthony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
tremendously entertaining.
Mar 24, 2017 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

I enjoyed Book Two in the Captain Alatriste series more (by .5 stars) than I did the first. The main characters of the introductory book make a second appearance and the Captain’s many sides are further developed. Once again, thanks to Perez-Reverte’s eloquent descriptions, I could easily place myself in the 17th century Madrid environs, especially during the evening strolls along the Prado.

There is humor:
In Madrid I do not go to the Pardo,
for as much as it is praised
I know that its
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Vasco Ribeiro
Jan 11, 2015 Vasco Ribeiro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Continuação das aventuras do capitão Alatriste contadas pelo seu jovem escudeiro e protegido Iñigo Balboa. Depois da primeira aventura onde arranjaram inimigos poderosos, agora o capitão pondera realistar-se e ir para a Flandres. Mas o seu amigo, o poeta Francisco de quevedo, vai ter com ele com D vicente de la cruz e os seus dois filhos que lhe relatam que a filha está num convento onde é assediada pelo confessor do convento, Juan coroado. Pretendem raptá-la, e o capitão alatriste apesar dos pe ...more
I actually liked this story, what there was of it. The book follows an attempted rescue gone wrong, descending into the horror of its consequences, and the desperate attempts to set things to the right. Along the way are tantalizing clues of things yet to come (presumably in a subsequent book), as the narrator, Íñigo Balboa, is telling the story as an old man looking back into his youth.

Pérez-Reverte tells a good story, one that keeps you reading until the end, despite whatever distaste you may
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Spanish novelist and ex-journalist. He worked as a war reporter for twenty-one years (1973 - 1994). He started his journalistic career writing for the now-defunct newspaper Pueblo. Then, he jumped to news reporter for TVE, Spanish national channel. As a war journalist he traveled to several countries, covering many conflicts. He put this experience into his book 'Territorio Comanche', focusing on ...more
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