The reviewers of this book have said most things about this excellent novel. It is refreshing to read a well constructed novel which creates the characters with considerable panache. The translation is superb and misses none of the tensions in the plot. What is equally refreshing in this day and age is a novel that is both realistic and romantic in true meaning. Language is used beautifully and brings to life an age, and a man to whom honour is his code. I look forward to reading more of Arturo Perez-Reverte's work.