2010 Release: By Fire, By Water by Mitchell James Kaplan

by Mitchell James Kaplan

Release Date: May 18, 2010

SYNOPSIS: 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.

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  1. I think this sounds like a good one Amy. Thanks for posting. Another gorgeous cover.

  2. Ooh sounds good. I need to add more books set in Spain to my TBR.

  3. Another one for my list! Amy, you are responsible for probably half of the books on it! But you always find the best ones! Don't know how you do it.

    A very Happy New Year to you!


  4. Sounds like another good one, Amy!

  5. Another one that sounds great...what are we going to do?!!!

  6. This one looks to be right up my alley! Thanks for the heads up!


  7. Sounds good. I noticed you have the 'Young Victoria' on your sidebar, I have seen that on T.V. it was excellent!

  8. This one sounds fabulous! Thanks so much for letting us know about it.

    Happy new year!


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