Captain Alatriste Book Summary and Study Guide

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This book is the story of Captain Alatriste, a swordsman and bounty hunter in Madrid, Spain in the early 17th-century. The Captain returns from fighting in Flanders to eke out a leaving as a sword for hire. He lives above a pub and takes care of a teenage boy, Inigo, who narrates the story. On an assignment to rough up a couple of travelers, Alatriste finds himself involved in royal plot when it turns out that the travelers are actually the Prince of England and a companion sneaking in to Spain. By refusing to kill the Prince, Alatriste earns himself a few enemies including the masked people who hired him and the Italian assassin he was sent to do the job with.
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Alatriste becomes involved in the political intrigues of the Spanish royal court and ends up in major danger several times as the corrupted members of the court and the Italian assassin seek to end his life. He does however have some powerful allies including the prince and a comic and blustering poet named Quevado.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 30% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   ancient england/scotland Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   preventing/finding assassin Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   bounty hunter Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   Hispanic


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Spain City?    -   Yes City:    -   dangerous Misc setting    -   prison

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Unusual forms of death    -   impaled Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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