Friday, March 20, 2015

Five duelists you should never challenge

Sebastien de Castell is the author of the novels Traitor’s Blade and its sequel Knight’s Shadow. At he tagged five duelists one should never challenge, including:
Adela de Otero—The Fencing Master by Arturo Pérez-Reverte

When fencing master Don Jaime Astarloa meets the enigmatic Adela de Otero, he is initially insulted by her request that he teach her his secret “two hundred Escudo” thrust—an attack for which there is no defence. His resistance gives way when he sees how skilled Adela can be with the blade and so he begins to teach her his techniques. But Adela has her own secrets, including the true reason why she is so determined to master the unstoppable thrust—secrets which will draw Don Jaime into a dangerous game of intrigue and murder. Arturo Pérez-Reverte brilliantly intertwines an exploration of the philosophical underpinnings of our fascination with the sword with a complex and engaging mystery.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue