October 26th, 2009

The Librarian

***singsong teasing voice*** Guess what I got today!

In the cosmopolitan world of seventeenth-century Madrid, with its posh theatres and gleaming palaces, Captain Alatriste and his protégé Íñigo are fish out of water. But the king and court are keeping Alatriste on retainer -- he has proved useful in the past. As a veteran with no other livelihood, Alatriste chooses to remain, even as his "employment" brings him uncomfortably close to old enemies. Íñigo, now a young man and veteran of the Hundred Years' War, chooses to stay with his master and press his ill-fated romance with the beautiful but sinister Angélica de Alquézar. Alatriste, for his part, begins an affair with the famous, and famously beautiful, actress María Castro, and discovers that competition for her favours may be much more dangerous than he'd bargained for, especially when he and Íñigo become unwilling participants in a court conspiracy that could lead them both to the gallows.

Cover blurb for "The Cavalier in the Yellow Doublet", by Arturo Pérez-Reverte (the fanatics ... er ... fans guessed before they were halfway through the first sentence ... this i.d. is for the poor souls who haven't had the pleasure of an Alatriste novel yet)

Shan't likely get 'round to reading until the weekend ... I'd rather have a block of time to properly savour it as a banquet rather than as a series of hurried snacks through the week ... my opinion and any exceptional quotes will follow.

P.S. Interesting, and puzzling, date info on this one ... copyright of 2003 for both the original Spanish and the English translation and 2003 print date for the English as well, yet, to my knowledge, the translation only became available this year.