|Plot Summary of Captain Alatriste|
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.
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.
This synopsis report prepared by Deidre Woollard
|Chapter Analysis of Captain Alatriste|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
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:
- elizabethan era
Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:
- preventing/finding assassin
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- bounty hunter
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Unusual forms of death
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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