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I really liked the time period of this book. There isn't much historical fiction written from the perspective of Jewish people during the Spanish Inquisition. I loved most of the characters. That said, I was disappointed when 2 of my favorites died too early in my opinion. Also, I would've liked more action involving the Pope and the major historical characters. We all know that the Inquisition wouldn't have happened or at least wouldn't have been so bloody if the Vatican opposed it. Why didn't the Pope do more? To me, that's a central question that should be at least considered by a novel based in this setting.
The narration is passable. However, if you're accustomed to John Lee, Katherine Kellgren, Simon Vance, Nadia May, George Guidall... this is not on that level.
One caveat- this isn't for the faint of heart. If you're not familiar with this period: be warned. The Spanish Inquisition was gruesome. This book contains descriptions of religious persecution and torture. Its not gratuitous, and I'm not sure how it could've been omitted. But if you're sensitive to that, then skip this story. That's what it's about.
If you like historical fiction, are interested in a book that's NOT another Tudor/ Borgia/ Medici rehash, and can tolerate descriptions of violence, give this a try. I think you'll enjoy the story and learn from it as I did.
I've tried to finish this book but the reading makes it dull. The readers my is not smooth and conversational. I want a storyteller to enthrall me with a tale. Bit this reader is more like a nervous amateur reader.
I've bought the book on kindle and will read it myself.