|The Salamanca Campaign June and July, 1812|
|ISBN||ISBN 0-00-222131-4, 10 May 1982, Hardback|
|Preceded by||Sharpe's Company|
|Followed by||Sharpe's Enemy|
The life of Britain’s most important spy is at stake. Sharpe has been given the task of ensuring el Mirador's safety by finding the dangerous Colonel Philippe Leroux, who knows the identity of the spy and will stop at nothing to silence him.
A cast of characters including the lovely Hélène, La Marquesa de Casares el Grande, Captain Jack Spears, Father Curtis, and a close brush with death, flesh out the tale.
Captain Richard Sharpe
Sergeant Patrick Harper
Major Michael Hogan
References are made to incidents during the Peninsular War and the 1812 Battle of Salamanca. Lieutenant General Wellington, Marshal of France Auguste Marmont, Patrick Curtis and Sergeant Connolly, and Colquhoun Grant were all based on actual historical figures and are discussed in the author's notes.
Sharpe’s Sword has been adapted for TV as Sharpe's Sword, a 1995 British television drama, part of a series shown on the ITV network. While based on the novel, it is set a year later (1813) than the book and contains several other variations to the novel.