The third book in the Captain Alatriste series is a straight-up war story. To be honest, it wasn't exactly up my alley. I really like the narrator's voice, so that worked for me, but I would prefer more to the story than war - a mystery, or some other kind of conflict. I think this book was just too stereotypically "masculine" for me.
On the plus side, only 1 more book in the series until I can get to book #5, which is a longtime resident of my TBR pile - I can't wait to get to it!