Monday, March 5, 2012

The Last Song by Eva Wiseman

The Last SongThis was a surprisingly quick read, not due to length, but the fact that one can't really put it down. It's fast paced, to the point, rich in history.

The Spanish Inquisition is wreaking havoc all over Spain. Isabella doesn't quite understand why. She just knows it's because of the Jews, and she's been taught they are horrible people. Imagine her surprised when she finds out that she's one of them. Her father, the court physician, is a descendant of Jews... The story unfolds, revealing to the reader the desire of a young girl to find her roots, honor her family, and that you can't believe everything you hear. 

In times of peril, you find out who your real friends is the case for Isabella and her family. Some will shun them, some will aid them, love can be found or destroyed.

Though engaged to a Spanish noble, Isabella's heart is with a Jew. Will she be allowed to make a choice, or will the Inquisition make it for her? A letter can determine their fate.

Quibbles: 1. I was a bit put off by the fact the family owns slaves, especially after they speak of their own people being enslaved. 2. The family and Isabella are at times, TSTL. I mean, really, you think you're in the clear once you hand over that letter? And Isabella's mother.. I hated her, really. "Let's go to my sister's even though she slammed the door on our face...????" And her father, what kind of father lets his daughter risk her life for him? That really raised my eyebrows. 

Despite that, it was a very enjoyable read and extremely engrossing. I recommend it for anyone that wants to understand the plight of the Jews in the time of the Inquisition. It educates while it entertains.

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