03 November 2009

Book Banter -- The Cavalier in the Yellow Doublet

Title: The Cavalier in the Yellow Doublet (Capt. Alatriste, bk. 5)

Author: Arturo Perez-Reverte

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 364 pages

Where Word Nerd's copy came from: Indianapolis Marion County Public Library

Plot Basics: Melancholic and broody swordsman Diego Alatriste and his young apprentice, Inigo Balboa are in Madrid. They are unaccustomed to the high social circles there, still fairly fresh from their campaign in Flanders. But Alatriste begins an affair with a great actress, who has also caught the attention of the king.

Banter Points: This book is why Word Nerd loves the Captain Alatriste series. Swordfighting, political intrigue, love affairs, the Spanish Inquisition -- it's got it all. A great read full of fast-paced action and a page-turning political plot.

Bummer Points: Perez-Reverte still infuses his books with some history-slash-commentary about Spain during that time period and quotes lots of poetry. It can slow the read down if you don't like it.

Word Nerd Recommendation: Historical fiction fans, you need to get to know Alatriste.

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