Wednesday, May 12, 2010

What's New Wednesday: A Look at Next Weeks New Releases

Pub. Date: May 18, 2010
Format: Paperback, 320pp


Synopsis: (From the Publisher)
"Luis de Santángel, chancellor to the court and longtime friend of the lusty King Ferdinand, has had enough of the Spanish Inquisition. As the power of Inquisitor GeneralTomás deTorquemada grows, so does the brutality of the Spanish church and the suspicion and paranoia it inspires. When a dear friend’s demise brings the violence close to home, Santángel is enraged and takes retribution into his own hands. But he is from a family of conversos, and his Jewish heritage makes him an easy target. As Santángel witnesses the horrific persecution of his loved ones, he begins slowly to reconnect with the Jewish faith his family left behind. Feeding his curiosity about his past is his growing love for Judith Migdal, a clever and beautiful Jewish woman navigating the mounting tensions in Granada. While he struggles to decide what his reputation is worth and what he can sacrifice, one man offers him a chance he thought he’d lost…the chance to hope for a better world. Christopher Columbus has plans to discover a route to paradise, and only Luis de Santángel can help him.

Within the dramatic story lies a subtle, insightful examination of the crisis of faith at the heart of the Spanish Inquisition. Irresolvable conflict rages within the conversos in By Fire, By Water, torn between the religion they left behind and the conversion meant to ensure their safety. In this story of love, God, faith, and torture, fifteenth-century Spain comes to dazzling, engrossing life."


7 comments:

Curling up by the Fire said...

I saw this too and thought this sounded wonderful, but would possibly be a difficult read too. Great pick!!

Amber at The Musings of ALMYBNENR said...

Ahh this sounds great and the first I have heard of it - I will have to check it out!

Allie ~ Hist-Fic Chick said...

This sounds great. I've enjoyed reading the reviews of it that have been making the rounds on all the HF blogs. Right now I'm reading about the inquisition in France in Lawrence Goldstone's new novel (it released yesterday!) The Astronomer. Good stuff!

Mystica said...

thanks for this review. Sounds wonderful

BurtonBookReview said...

This is a fabulous book, I really recommend it.

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Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

First review I've read on this one. Sounds like another must have for my pile.