George V. Reilly

Review: The Sun Over Breda

The Sun Over Breda
Title: The Sun Over Breda
Author: Arturo Pérez-Reverte
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Publisher: G.P. Putnam
Copyright: 2007
Pages: 273
Keywords: historical fiction
Reading period: 9–12 January, 2009

Sequel to The Purity of Blood.

Captain Alatriste has rejoined the Spanish army in Flanders, besieging Breda in 1625. Íñigo, his follower and later biographer, is still too young to bear arms, and serves as a forager for Alatriste’s squad.

There’s no glory in this war—Pérez-Reverte is a former war cor­re­spon­dent. The Spanish empire is on the decline. Spain has been fighting in the Spanish Nether­lands for sixty years to suppress the Protestant heretics. The Spanish troops are mutinous and close to starving; they haven’t been paid in a long time. All they have is their honor and that, they guard zealously.

A grim tale of privation and battle, well told.

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