The year is 1626 and a battle-weary Captain Alatriste and his companions sail home from the war in Flanders. He returns to a Spain that is rotten to the core, as gold from the Americas floods into the port of Seville, brought by the country's infamous treasure fleet.
As various factions within the Court vie for supremacy, certain interests are creaming off undeclared profits from the galleons' cargo, thus depriving the royal treasury of its lifeblood. Indeed some of the booty is finding its way into the hands of the same rebel provinces Spain is fighting to suppress.
The King and his most trusted advisor, the Count-Duke Olivares, have become aware of one such plot and have decided to teach the perpetrator a lesson. Once more, they must call upon Captain Alatriste's blade in a dangerous adventure that will bring the captain face to face with his nemesis and with a ruthless man who has designs on the throne.
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, The Queen of the South and the bestselling Captain Alatriste series. In 2003 he was elected to the Spanish Royal Academy. His website can be visited at www.perez-reverte.com
The Painter of Battles (TPB Dec 07);
The Sun Over Breda;
Purity of Blood;
Queen of the South;