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From the author of the critically acclaimed BORGIA BRIDE and THE SCARLET CONTESSA, comes another irresistible historical novel set during the Spanish Inquisition about a young woman who will stop at nothing to save her people from Torquemada’s torturers:THE INQUISITOR'S WIFE.In 1480 Seville, Marisol, a fearful young conversa (descendant of Spanish Jews forced to convert toFrom the author of the critically acclaimed BORGIA BRIDE and THE SCARLET CONTESSA, comes another irresistible historical novel set during the Spanish Inquisition about a young woman who will stop at nothing to save her people from Torquemada’s torturers:THE INQUISITOR'S WIFE.In 1480 Seville, Marisol, a fearful young conversa (descendant of Spanish Jews forced to convert to Christianity), is ashamed of her Jewish blood. Forced into a sham marriage with a prosecutor for the new Inquisition, Marisol soon discovers that her childhood sweetheart, Antonio, has just returned to Seville and is also working for the inquisitors. When Marisol’s father is arrested and tortured during Spain’s first auto da fe, Marisol comes to value her Jewish heritage and vows to fight the Inquisition. When she discovers that her beloved Antonio is working to smuggle conversos safely out of Spain, she joins him and risks her life on behalf of her people; a passionate romance follows.Unfortunately, Marisol does not realize that her supposedly kind and gentle inquisitor-husband has been using her all along to lead Antonio and her fellow conversos to their doom......

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The Inquisitor's Wife Reviews

  • Rachael McDiarmid
    2018-10-08 14:09

    To be perfectly honest, I was a little disappointed in this one. Set in Seville in 1481, we enter the world of renaissance Spain. A time of religious upheaval and uncertainty. And the inquisition. Our protagonist is Marisol, the daughter of Magdalena and Diego, who are Jewish descendants but now known as conversas practicing - outwardly - the Christian faith. But what religion is in their hearts and will the family die as a result? We have good vs evil played put in the churches, in the courts, in the business and in the community. Who can you trust when the inquisition is on your doorstep? Marisol has to uncover the truth in her heart and not look at the world around her, all manipulating her, using her, exploiting her for their own purposes.An interesting enough read, but I would skip through sections of the book because the author wasn't holding my attention. This was either in situations that I didn't think needed further elaboration or dialogues that weren't enhancing the story. While we follow the journey of Marisol, I found I didn't really connect with her the way I often do when reading historical fiction. It is so easy for my imagination to get lost in the story but this one didn't take me where I had hoped to be...

  • Colleen Turner
    2018-10-22 09:27

    I reviewed this book for the new year of 1481 emerges, Marisol Garcia’s life begins to rapidly change. The Inquisition is coming to Seville and, in an effort to protect her family, Marisol’s mother – a Christian conversa – commits suicide to avoid any further suspicion or danger to Marisol or her father. Marisol has long been ashamed of the Jewish blood she inherited from her mother, further complicated by the hideous treatment she has seen some Old Christian’s inflict on New Christians of Jewish descent. Only one boy from a well-connected Old Christian family, Antonio Vargas, has shown her the love and respect she longs for. But when Antonio goes off to school and stops writing to Marisol she begins to believe he has abandoned her and, after her mother’s death and at her father’s insistence, she marries Gabriel Hojeda, a civil lawyer working for the Inquisition that might be able to keep Marisol safe. This is no happy marriage, however, and her vows are only the beginning of what will become an unraveling nightmare for Marisol and everyone she loves.After finishing The Inquisitor’s Wife I’m torn as to whether I really enjoyed it or not. On the positive side, it was fascinating learning more about the hideous treatment inflicted on the conversos in Seville during the Inquisition and seeing the true motivations behind it. I’m always shocked to see how horrible people will act against those that don’t believe what they do and how greed, power and politics can turn people into true monsters. The author holds nothing back in showing the fierce manipulation and torture inflicted and this really helps the reader immerse themselves in this bleak world. The romance between Marisol and Antonio was also a little bit of sweetness in this otherwise incredibly dark story and helped keep me from feeling utterly depressed by all the horror surrounding their lives.However, I found the story to be slow and plodding at times. For example, between the snippets of the unhappy wedding ceremony and Marisol’s memory flashes, it takes 60 pages for the wedding to end and the plot to move on. It ended up being a fast read but these slow moments did make me long for the more action packed portions that seemed to happen in the latter half of the book. The ending also left much to be desired as it seemed to cut off too quickly and with only a vague sense of resolution. I was left feeling like I wished the author put less effort into the slow moving beginning and relegated some of that energy to wrapping up the story.While I can’t say The Inquisitor’s Wife is one of my favorites, it did keep me turning the pages to see how the story would unfold and I look forward to reading something else by Jeanne Kalogridis to get a better feel for her writing style. For any reader already a fan of the author or someone particularly interested in historical fiction based during the Spanish Inquisition this would probably be a worthwhile read. For others I might suggest starting with one of her other novels which readers seem to have really enjoyed, such as The Borgia Bride.

  • Pupottina
    2018-10-13 15:27

    Durme sin ansia y dolorLo stile della Kalogridis è avvincente e riesce a romanzare anche gli aspetti più nascosti della storia. Non ha caso il suo primo lavoro è quello della studiosa specializzata in storia medievale, da cui trae ispirazione per raccontare e romanzare i dettagli delle vite più interessanti, delle figure storiche che sono circondate da maggiore fascino e mistero.Questa volta la sua attenzione è ricaduta su una figura femminile, Marisol García, non realmente esistita, ma verosimile. A circondarla, però, ci sono personaggi storici reali, come frate Gabriel Hojeda, la regina cattolica Isabella di Castiglia e il terribile Tomás de Torquemada. È proprio per sfuggire alla caccia di quest’ultimo che Mariasol viene costretta a sposarsi con Gabriel Hojeda. Il loro non è un matrimonio d’amore, ma uno combinato. Il padre vuole salvarla dalla terribile tortura dell’Inquisizione, dove non avrebbe scampo. Ma Mariasol ne soffre. Non accetta la vita che è costretta a vivere. Non accetta di dover sopravvivere in quel modo. Vuole capire perché sua madre, Magdalena, ha preferito morire.Il suo matrimonio è l’estremo tentativo del padre di Marisol di scacciare ogni sospetto dalla famiglia. Da qualche anno l’Inquisizione sta terrorizzando la Spagna e un nome corre sulle bocche di tutti e non lascia scampo. È quello del famigerato Torquemada. L’obiettivo di Torquemada è eliminare i cristiani di origine ebraica, i cosiddetti conversos. Tra questi c’era anche Magdalena, la madre di Marisol, che pochi giorni prima delle nozze di Marisol si è tolta la vita, sperando di salvare il marito e la figlia. Ma forse non è bastato, poiché il pericolo incombe su di loro, anche quando credono di essere al sicuro.JEANNE KALOGRIDIS è riuscita a ricreare l’atmosfera lugubre della Siviglia del 1481, minacciata dall’Inquisizione spagnola. Mentre le tenebre della persecuzione religiosa si infittiscono intorno a Marisol, lei scopre il grande segreto d’amore di sua madre Magdalena. Marisol è sola, ma è determinata. Non sa di chi potersi fidare, però, coraggiosamente, decide di superare pregiudizi e tradimenti per combattere per tutto ciò che conta realmente. È un romanzo storico avvincente, interessante e che intreccia ai sentimenti individuali tematiche nazionali e religiose.Un nuovo successo per la Kalogridis che si conferma tra le migliori narratrici di romanzi storici.“Il prigioniero confessa spontaneamente i suoi crimini e chiede il perdono e la pietà di questo tribunale, della Chiesa e di Dio onnipotente. Giurate davanti a Dio e a questa assemblea di non commettere mai più questi crimini, ma di mantenervi saldo nella fede cristiana per il resto della vita?”

  • Carole P. Roman
    2018-10-22 12:02

    I love Jeanne Kalogridis. She captures life from different time periods with an eye for detail and the human experience. While these characters were interesting, I found them slightly too modern and unbelievable. I felt they didn't capture the fear of the time, the relationships didn't fit what was expected from an obedient daughter in 15th century Spain. Marisol seemed too modern in her sensibilities, her father and mother too modern as well. I loved the way she represented Isabella, her duplicity, her formal, pious face and carefree private persona was well written. Jews were thrown out of Spain, losing homes, business, and their Spanish identity. Kalogridis captures some of the torture, and sense of persecution, but it feels isolated, as though it only affected a mere few. This was a major upheaval throughout all of Spain. The Inquisitors attacked anyone who could give any information. In her other books, you can feel the isolation and despair of the main characters, here not so much. I also feel the ending was unrealistic and trite, a bit predictable. Not my favorite of her books, but well written none the less.Merged review:I love Jeanne Kalogridis. She captures life from different time periods with an eye for detail and the human experience. While these characters were interesting, I found them slightly too modern and unbelievable. I felt they didn't capture the fear of the time, the relationships didn't fit what was expected from an obedient daughter in 15th century Spain. Marisol seemed too modern in her sensibilities, her father and mother too modern as well. I loved the way she represented Isabella, her duplicity, her formal, pious face and carefree private persona was well written. Jews were thrown out of Spain, losing homes, business, and their Spanish identity. Kalogridis captures some of the torture, and sense of persecution, but it feels isolated, as though it only affected a mere few. This was a major upheaval throughout all of Spain. The Inquisitors attacked anyone who could give any information. In her other books, you can feel the isolation and despair of the main characters, here not so much. I also feel the ending was unrealistic and trite, a bit predictable. Not my favorite of her books, but well written none the less.

  • Jo
    2018-09-27 16:14

    The Inquisitor's WifeBy Jeanne KalogridisThe Inquisition makes its first appearance in Seville Spain in 1482, Its targets are conversos, Christians of Jewish descent—specifically those who practice Judaism secretly in their homes. The penalty for witch is burning at the stake.Marisol Garcia, a young conversa, shes forced to marry Gabriel a lawyer working for the Inquisition,in an arranged marriage,in the hope that he will be able to protect her, from suspicion and harm.Marisol was left heartbroken and abandoned four years earlier by her childhood love Antonio, who shockingly reappears at her wedding celebrations..When Marisol's father is arrested and tortured, Marisol finds herself caught between her love for him and her desire to save the lives of her people.After becoming a favorite of the ruthless Queen Isabella, Marisol discovers a dangerous secret about Antonio, and finds herself trapped in a dangerous web of intrigue.As the danger of the Inquisition closes in around her, Marisol’s love for Antonio and loyalty to her Jewish family are put to the test in a dangerous games that will put her very life at stake...The Inquisitor’s Wife provides the reader with a terrifying glimpse into the terror that was the inquisition, and the injustice of a maligned and misunderstood people.4 Stars

  • Elli
    2018-10-18 11:29

    "The Inquisitor's Wife" by Jeanne Kalogridis. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The beginning of the Inquisition and all the disorganization, personal ambitions, and the queen's need for money to finance her wars were treated as part of the story, much with the heroine listening in hiding, although that was not the purpose in her being there. The characters were 3 dimensional, the history and legend of the land of Sephard was the prologue. Interestingly enough those who had converted emphasized the love involved for all people whereas what they called "Old Christians" who felt strongly about different faiths and races were non-stop in their hatred and wanted unstoppable violence to punish. It's amazing what mobs can bring out! To tell much of the story would be a real spoiler for reading, and this I will not do. But for one who is interested in this period and the people in it and the customs under which they were raised, It's a really good read!

  • Ewelina
    2018-10-09 13:23

    „Marisol nie możesz się łudzić, że nic nam się nie przytrafi tylko dlatego, że nigdy wcześniej nie spotkało cię nic złego. Musisz wiedzieć, że na tym świecie mogą się zdarzyć i na pewno się zdarzą najbardziej nawet niewyobrażalne rzeczy. Przytrafią się one całkiem niewinnym, dobrym ludziom. Stanie się to w ułamku sekundy bez względu na to, jak byłaś dobra, uprzejma, jak gorliwie prosiłaś Boga, by chronił ciebie i twoich bliskich…”Powieść osadzona pod koniec XV wieku w Hiszpanii, za czasów panowania Izabeli Kastylijskiej i Ferdynanda Aragońskiego, poruszająca temat rozszerzenia przez władców na swoich terenach wpływów inkwizycji, w związku z podejrzeniem zgubnego wpływu herezji na społeczeństwo.Dalsza recenzja na:

  • Naomi Blackburn
    2018-10-12 16:25

    Read my full review: opinion: I loved this book. This is my first book by this author and it certainly won't be the last.The character development in this book was superb with characters drawn so vividly that I felt like I could reach out and touch them. What I love about the characters the most is that when you think you have them pinned down, Ms. Kalogridis throws in twists to change their characters. It left me on the seat of my chair. I would say that this applies to plot twists as well. I thought the book would be going one way and the author would change it. It would be done slowly and methodically though so it really came off well. I am not well versed in the Spanish Inquisition and few Historical Fiction novels are set during this period of time. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about incidents during it.

  • Lisa
    2018-10-15 16:06

    Set in Seville, Spain of 1481, we experience this story of the Spanish Inquisition through the eyes of Marisol Garcia. As a child and adolescent, she had secretly watched her mother light the Shabbat candles and pray some central Jewish prayers. As she gets older and the Inquisition becomes more sinister and menacing, Marisol rejects her mother's secret and distances herself from her. Will she become a victim of the regime despite that? Will she learn to prize her heritage as everything falls apart for the Converso community? What must parents do to protect their children? These are all central questions that are raised by the author Jeanne Kalogridis. By personalizing the story through Marisol Garcia the reader learns about the Spanish Inquisition and identifies with it. This book is certainly worth reading.

  • Ken Root
    2018-09-24 13:31

    Enjoyed the amount of details unfortunately there was a lack of excitement and action.

  • GREG J.
    2018-10-20 13:08

    judging by the cover (yeah i know) i was afraid i was getting into one of those historical bodice rippers. turns out (happily) that i was wrong. (well mostly as there may have been an element or two of the romantic novel, but not as a main thrust)very good piece of historical fiction with an up close and personal view of the spanish inquisition and the divisiveness of not so good queen isabela and the always dubious wonders of political religionism.mix in some outstanding fiction (the truly riveting kind) and you got yourself a very satisfying story.and this old timer lives for a good story.some graphic violence, but it only helps to validate the thrust of the tale.nice job ms. kalogridis, you have won a new fan.

  • Lynne M
    2018-10-22 16:28

    I wanted to like this book. The cover alone was interesting, and I enjoy reading historical fiction. As soon as I started the book, I knew I was going to be let down. The subject matter is interesting, as was the premise. I just could not get into the book or be interested in what became of any of the characters.

  • Francesca
    2018-10-17 12:08

    Honestly, this could have been a really good book with an interesting plot. But it wasn't. I didn't really connect to any of the characters and just wanted to finish the book so I could move on to another one.

  • Lisa Horner
    2018-10-06 15:16

    The story lagged a little in the middle but overall I enjoyed this book.

  • Laura
    2018-09-24 11:28

    I was actually quite disappointed with this book! Compared to Jeanne Kalogridis’ other historical novels, I found this one quite dull and dry.

  • Nadine Paque-Wolkow
    2018-09-21 16:02

    400 Seiten. Auf Englisch. In drei Tagen. Und jetzt, da ich fertig bin, stehe ich etwas unsicher da. Ich weiß nicht, was ich von dem Buch, der Geschichte und den Personen halten soll. Der Grund ist einfach: Alles was in dem Buch passiert, wird auf dem Rückencover erwähnt. Es gibt nicht ... mehr. Das Buch beginnt mit Marisols Hochzeit, diese Hochzeitszeremonie spannt sich über 4 Kapitel (30%) des Buches und wird immer wieder von Rückblenden durchbrochen, die uns zum jetzigen Status quo der Geschichte bringen. Was ist passiert, bevor Marisol Gabriel Hojeda heiratet. Diese 30% sind das Beste an dem ganzen Buch. Ich gebs zu, ich hab zweimal geheult, das Drama war grandios.Danach gibt es einen steilen Sinkflug. Marisol von ihrem Vater verstoßen, findet sich als Ehefrau von don Gabriel in dessen riesiger Villa wieder. Leider ist den Hojedas das Geld ausgegangen und sie versuchen sich, durch die Inquisition, die Taschen wieder voll zu machen. Und Marisol, soll ihnen dabei helfen. Was folgt ist eine überaus merkwürdige Wiedersehensszene mit ihrem Ex-Verlobten Antonio. Der hatte sie nämlich heiraten wollen, aber ihr dann plötzlich keine Briefe mehr von der Uni in Salamanca geschickt. Sie dachte er hätte ne Andere, er dachte wohl das Selbe von ihr. Aus Gründen die mir immer noch nicht so ganz klar sind (und nein, das hat nichts damit zu tun, dass ich Englisch nicht ganz so gut verstehe wie Deutsch) soll Antonio ihr Lautenunterricht in seinem Büro bei der Inquisition geben und dort treffen sie zufällig auf die Königin. Der gefällt Marisols Gesang so gut, dass sie Marisol auffordert an diesem Abend für sie zu singen. Dann folgen (ungelogen) 20% nur über diesen Abend im Real Alcazar (dem Königspalast) inklusive ausschweifender Architekturbeschreibungen, Festivitäten und Tänzen. Man schießt über die 61% Hürde und mehr ist noch nicht passiert. Und so langsam beginnt man sich zu fragen, wann diese Story mit dem "Marisol finds herself caught between her love for him and her desire to save the lives of her people." endlich mal passiert. Bis zu den 80% verbringt Marisol viel Zeit in Kutschen und fährt an einem Tag mal eben so kreuz und quer durch Sevilla. Irgendwo bei 75% wurde ihr Vater verhaftet, der dann bei 81% gefoltert wird. Und ab den 82% setzt dann das "Marisol discovers a dangerous secret about her former lover, Antonio, and finds herself trapped in a life-threatening web of intrigue" ein, was sich bis zum Ende durchzieht. Ja. Und genau das ist es, was mir an diesem Buch einfach nicht zusagen will.Die Ereignisse laufen in einer Art Zeitraffer ab und man hat keine Möglichkeit mit irgendeiner Figur wirklich warm zu werden. Weder mit Gabriel Hojeda, noch mit seinem Bruder dem Abt, oder Antonio. Mit keiner der Nebenfiguren, außer vielleicht Mariam, Marisols nubischer Kammerzofe, deren kurze Episode über ihre eigene Vergangenheit eins der erzählerischen und emotionalen Highlights des Buches war.Auch bei Marisol bin ich mir unschlüssig. Sie ist die Ich-Erzählerin (ich mag keine Ich-Erzähler in Histos. Vorallem nicht, wenn es Frauen sind). Marisol hat einen Faible für Architektur und betrachtet Räume sehr viel genauer und detailreicher, als das sie Personen hinterfragt, oder Schlüsse zieht. Ja, sie ist noch jung, und furchtbar naiv, aber auf der anderen Seite wandelt sie sich von der "strengen Neu-Christin" zu Yentl innerhalb von zwei Seiten.Jeanne Kalogridis hat einen soliden Roman geschrieben, der einem eine Idee vom Spanien der Renaissance geben kann.Ich lese relativ wenige Bücher die im spanischen Raum spielen (ist einfach nicht mein Favorit. England, Frankreich oder Italien sind mehr in meinem Regal vertreten) aber ich hab zumindest das Gefühl ein klein wenig gelernt zu haben.Zwar bleibt die Autorin eher an der Oberfläche von politischen, religiösen und geschichtlichen Fakten, aber es verschafft wie gesagt einen ersten Überblick. Und das ist ihr auch ganz gut gelungen.Fazit:Ein Buch das sehr gut anfängt, aber dann auf langer Strecke doch wegen der relativ eindimensionalen Charaktere und der voraussehbaren Geschichte (Rückencover = fast das komplette Buch) einbricht.Für Fans von "starken" Frauen im historischen Setting sicher gut geeignet.Für Historienfetischisten und Charakterleser (also die Charaktere sind für mich das wichtigste an einem Buch) nur bedingt zu empfehlen.

  • Michelle
    2018-10-03 16:09

    Marisol Garcia has known nothing but the comfort of a loving well-to-do family and the luxuries that lifestyle provided. In spite of her converso heritage, her parents shelter her and provide her with love and all they can offer. When the veil is cruelly ripped from her eyes upon her mother’s tragic death, however, Marisol must make sense of the world into which she is thrust. Her marriage to Gabriel Hojeda, long-time neighbor and civil lawyer for the Inquisition, shows her not only the harshness of the world for conversos, but also a more dangerous world than she ever imagined, one in which a stranger can accuse someone of being a crypto-Jew with nothing more than a statement. Jeanne Kalogridis’ The Inquisitor's Wife uses Marisol to highlight the terror of the age and the depths of man’s cruelty and intolerance.From a historical perspective, The Inquisitor's Wife is an excellent source of information. Marisol’s marriage affords her a unique perspective on some of the inside aspects of the Inquisition, from Hojeda’s initial plea to the Queen, to the growing unease of the conversos, to the royal edicts allowing anonymous denouncements, to Torquemada’s growing influence over the proceedings. Make no mistake, the proceedings are highly biased and draw upon every commonly-held belief about the Inquisition itself, but it still enlightening. While there are some scholars who belief that torture was not quite as wildly used as is believed, Ms. Kalogridis uses the torture scenes to highlight how hypocritical the entire proceedings were. The Spanish Inquisition and its fundamental tenets are some of the lowest points of Christianity, and most readers will be absolutely disgusted by the behavior of these professed men of God and their holy obligation to rid their towns of the “threat” of Judaism.Against this very serious backdrop, historically inaccurate but still proving the point, Marisol is just too childish, unbelievably so. Ms. Kalogridis tries to explain this by the fact that her parents kept her completely sheltered from anything negative or dangerous as a measure of protection against the likelihood of an Inquisition questioning her mixed heritage. However, her reaction to her father’s decision to marry her to her anti-Semitic neighbor is too overdramatic given the time period. At times, she shows such fire and backbone, but when things get tough, she relies on her faithful childhood servant and the friendship of others to help her. Again and again, she finds herself in trouble because she does not listen to those who are trying to help her, instead preferring to do things her own way. Yes, she is young, but her reactions to troubling events and insistence on rushing into situations without knowing the full details of them maker her more like today’s whiny, self-obsessed teens than a teenager living during the Spanish Renaissance. The dangers in which she finds herself, because they are so often of her own doing, become tedious after a while, as she proves incapable of rescuing herself.Still, even Marisol’s ineptness and overall annoying attitude cannot mar the fact that The Inquisitor's Wife shines because of its historical details. The subject matter itself is sickening, but by highlighting the cruelty one human can bestow upon another, it becomes a profound learning experience for a reader. The ignorance and anti-Semitism mentioned in detail throughout the novel are no less despicable because they occurred over 400 years ago, as -except for the use of torture - it does not take a great stretch of the imagination to envision such hatred in today’s era. Ms. Kalogridis does a great job allowing readers to experience the intense fear and confusion the conversos must have felt upon hearing the royal edict creating the Inquisition tribunal and the Papal Bull approving this action. A reader may not be surprised at some of the story’s plot twists, and Marisol may be one of the weaker heroines in recent months, but the story is still intense and exciting. A fascinating plot can make even the weakest character more enjoyable, which is what happens here. In spite of all its faults, The Inquisitor's Wife is a fast-paced thriller that will engage readers with its historical tidbits, allowing them to gloss over the feebler elements and still enjoy the story for what it is.

  • Diana
    2018-09-22 16:18

    The Inquisitor’s Wife: A Novel of Renaissance Spain is the story of Marisol Garcia, a young woman born from an Old Christian father and conversa mother. A converso is a person of Jewish descent forced to convert to Christianity. The story takes place in Seville in the early 1480s, at the beginning of the Spanish Inquisition. Before the Spanish Inquisition, people of Jewish faith, having been ostracized by society, take to converting to Christianity and living openly as Christians. However, many practice their Judaism in private, such as Marisol’s mother. Because of the condemnation of Jews in her town, Marisol is ashamed of her heritage and rejects it. As the Pope gives permission to Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand (of Christopher Columbus fame) to take the Inquisition into their own hands (thereby mixing Church and State, which has been avoided in the past), people like Marisol’s mother becoming fearful of their futures in Spain.What results is Marisol’s mother taking her own life, and Marisol’s distraught father marrying her off to Gabriel Hojeda, a prosecutor of the New Inquisition, to protect her. Gabriel is also someone from her childhood who has long loved Marisol, yet she is disdainful of him because of acts of bullying in their childhood. Once she is married, she finds that her childhood sweetheart, Antonio, is also working for the inquisitors. Marisol finds that she is the pawn of a political game of Gabriel’s brother, the Fray Alonso, who seeks to find the queen’s favor and oust Torquemada from his position as Queen’s Confessor and First Grand Inquisitor. Marisol discovers the secret life her mother had been leading and Antonio’s role as a smuggler of Jews to Portugal. When her beloved father is arrested and tortured during the first auto da fe, Marisol will do anything to save him and the people that make up her heritage.In all of my years of Catholic schooling, the Spanish Inquisition was lightly covered, if at all. Go figure. This time period is certainly a blemish of Catholic history. I don’t have very much knowledge of this particular subject, which is why I really appreciated The Inquisitor’s Wife. It’s very educational so far as the religious persecution of Jews and conversos goes. While Marisol, Gabriel, and Antonio are fictional characters, Queen Isabella, Torquemada, and Fray Hojeda are not. It’s really interesting to see what kind of role Queen Isabella plays in this story.Initially, I was pleasantly surprised by this book. The prose is uncomplicated, and started with the perfect amount of description. The story was somewhat slow-moving, and it seemed to be paced fine until you get further along. The first 120 pages don’t really go too much into the story that we are lead to be reading. It is a build-up to what the description of the story is. Marisol doesn’t become “the inquisitor’s wife” until after that. Considering that this book is 400 pages, this is when pacing becomes an issue.If you look at the description of the book, it focuses more on the romantic aspect of the story than what the actual story is. So, if you read this book thinking that it’s going to be what the description is, you may be in for a disappointment. It’s not until about halfway through that Marisol actually meets again with Antonio.While the slowness didn’t bother me in the first half of The Inquisitor’s Wife, about 2/3 of the way through, I was tired of it and ready for the story to start moving along. I found myself skimming over the passages. The book doesn’t really start taking stride until there is about 100 pages left.There are some explicit torture scenes and an awkward sexual moment that may bother some people.Besides the history, some of the things I did appreciate about this book is the emphasis on parental love and the lack of a religious agenda towards the reader. I loved the idea of a childhood love triangle (I’m a sucker for childhood romances). The politics of the Inquisition, while saddening, were also interesting to read about. I think that I would’ve rated it better if the pacing were more even. Adequate so far as historical fiction goes.

  • Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
    2018-10-16 14:09

    This review, can also be found on my blog, The Baking Bookworm ( My sincere thanks to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for providing me with a complimentary e-book copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.My Thoughts: Historical Fiction is one of my favourite genres which simply means that I love learning about different eras in history with a great story thrown in for good measure. So when I saw that this book was set in Spain during the Inquisition I jumped at the chance to review it. Before reading this book I will sheepishly admit that I knew practically nothing about the Inquisition, Conversos or the horrors that the Jewish population had to endure in the 1400's. Being a big fan of Historical Fiction also means that I've read a lot of books in this genre. A tonne. Not necessarily from the same era but the style and feel of the genre is similar. I figured picking up an historical fiction read would help to give me a general understanding of the era all wrapped up in a delicious storyline full of wonderful characters. While this book did open my eyes to the brutality and injustice of this period, overall I didn't find it quite as captivating as I was hoping. I think this stems mainly from my lack of connection with the main character, Marisol. She came off as very naïve and one-dimensional. I didn't feel like I really got to know her (or the other characters very well). I would have loved to get the point of view of Mariam, Marisol's servant as well as Gabriel, Marisol's new husband. We get a brief glimpse into Mariam's life (one of my favourite parts of the book) but I would have loved to get her inner thoughts as Marisol's life was in turmoil.And then there's Gabriel, Marisol's new husband. The description given of him on the book (see excerpt above) notes that he is a 'kind and gentle inquisitor'. I have a big issue with this description because that is the complete opposite of what his character is like. He wasn't in the book very much and when he was he was an absolute brute who only bowed down to his malicious brother. Not sure why that was added into the synopsis but it is a far from fitting portrayal of the character.My other issues with the book are the slow pace and the predictability. Marisol seemed to be shocked at the reason for her marriage to Gabriel but unfortunately the reason was glaringly apparent to me right from the start. Plus the surprise ending I saw coming from early on and I found that the ending was tied up much too neatly for my tastes and bordered on being an unlikely situation. I was truly hoping for a much more interesting and fast paced read full of interesting characters, drama and plot twists; a book that I could get lost in. Unfortunately I found the pace so slow that I found myself glossing over paragraphs. I felt that the characters under-developed and the plot twists were predictable. What this book did give me was a better understanding of the Inquisition as well as some of the history of the Jewish people during this time. It showcases the blatant and undeserved malice and injustice that was shown towards an entire group of people merely because of their religion. Unfortunately, as we all know, history would sadly repeat itself. My Rating: 2.5/5 stars

  • Mirella
    2018-09-29 16:28

    THE INQUISITOR’S WIFE is a novel set in 15th century Seville, a most turbulent era where the Inquisition is actively seeking out and doing away with conversos, Jews who have turned to Christianity to protect themselves, but who clandestinely still practice the Jewish faith. Leaders of the Inquisition have spies everywhere, seeking out anyone who is suspect, permitting neighbors, family, and friends to identify conversos.Marisol Garcia loves her mother who is a conversa. In secret, she has been teaching Marisol the rituals of Judaism. At first, Marisol is young and does not fully understand what she is being taught, but later, as she grows older, she fully comprehends the teachings and vehemently protests, her relationship with her mother in discord. As the Inquisition becomes ever more intense and their interest turns to Marisol and her family, events in her life turn tragic with her mother’s rumored suicide. Despite Marisol’s promise to marry her true love, to protect his daughter, Marisol’s father urgently arranges a marriage to Gabriel Hojeda, a lawyer for the Inquisition. But even being trapped in this unhappy marriage does not keep Marisol safe. Her life becomes even more complicated when her beloved returns.THE INQUISITOR’S WIFE is a wonderfully complex novel with an intricate plot. Numerous plot twists change the characters – no one is who they appear to be at first. If you have never read a novel by Jeanne Kalogridis before, then you are in for a real treat. Her heroines are strong, courageous, and usually face insurmountable dangers and profound dilemmas. The Renaissance was a time of great artistry, but also of great darkness and danger. Kalogridis does not shy away from showing readers the dreadful practices and terror of the time. The story contains some torture and sexuality. And she writes deliciously cruel antagonists, both male and female, who always add much conflict and spice to her stories. There is also a very beautiful love story intertwined! There are always underlying virtues such as trust, honesty, and courage that leave a strong moral message. The prose is beautiful and flowing, easily read and enjoyed. I highly recommend this novel and then further recommend you read one of her other novels. There is much to keep you entertained for hours.

  • Annette Gisby
    2018-09-23 09:06

    The Inquisitor's WifeBy Jeanne KalogridisA little bit slow-moving at times and a little bit confusing at first with the timelines jumping from Marisol as a young woman to various times in her childhood. It made the flow falter a bit and took a while for me to get into it.However, once we reach Marisol's wedding to her neighbour, Gabriel, an agent of the Inquisition, that's when the story really seemed to take off. With, lush, vivid descriptions, you can almost feel the lace and velvet, almost taste the food that the author describes. I think it was a pity that the book is told in first-person, for we only ever get to see what Marisol thinks and I would have loved to have been in the head of some of the other characters, such as her childhood sweetheart, Antonio.In this book we get to see the horror and terror of the Inquisition first hand, neighbour spying on neighbour, friend on friend, wondering who would be denounced next. Once accused, there is no comeback for all the accusers are guaranteed anonymity. The torture scenes were a bit graphic for my taste, but it made it seem that much more real and horrific, which since this is based on history, it was.I have a bit of a bone to pick with the blurb/description of the book: her supposedly kind and gentle inquisitor-husband. Gabriel was never gentle and he was never kind as described in the book, he was a bully and a coward and delighted in instilling fear in anyone weaker than himself, including his new bride, Marisol.It was interesting to see the public face of the saintly Queen Isabel, and then see the not-so saintly revels she and her courtiers engaged in once out of the eyes of the monks and nuns, for Marisol had been invited to sing at one of these private revels.The book tells what might have been the true reason for the Inquisition and it had nothing to do with religion, but more corruption, greed and jealousy. It has a hopeful ending, but I don't want to give too much away. An interesting read for any Historical fiction and romance fan.Review copy from Netgalley.

  • Kathleen Freeman
    2018-10-07 12:05

    For me this was an interesting read and interesting perspective on the Spanish Inquisition, something I don't really know much about. The story held my attention.

  • Andrea Guy
    2018-10-09 13:01

    I love historical fiction, and I found the time period of this novel to be quite interesting, even if the plot was more than a little slow.When you read this book you can't help but feel an intense dislike for Marisol, who hates her mother for the faith that she was born into. You also can't help but feel sorry for this group of people who have been continuously persecuted throughout history, whether by the crazy leaders of the Catholic church and the royals that followed them to Hitler.Queen Isabella is known for being a good Catholic, and she produced good Catholic children, Henry VIII's Katherine of Aragon, is her daughter. However, as you read here, the Inquisition isn't just about the persecution of those of Jewish descent that still practiced their religion in private, it is about money.The more that I read, the more disgusted I became with my own faith.Once again, this book proves that so many bad things are done in the name of religion.Though I strongly disliked Marisol, I was glad that as she found herself in the middle of the Inquisition that she embraced much of what her mother believed. She really did a complete turn around, in her attitude.I still didn't like her much though.She was too gullible and too concerned with herself throughout most of the novel and I couldn't really connect with either of the two men in her life, Gabriel, the man she was forced to marry or Antonio, the man she was betrothed too.The book really seemed slow at the beginning as the author introduces the reader to Marisol's family and climate of Spain at the time just prior to the Inquisition. Once Marisol gets married things move along much faster.This is a good historical read, with just the right amount of real characters and fictional, it is well researched and well written. My only gripe is Marisol. I just could not like her at all.

  • Christie
    2018-10-21 14:25

    First sentence: "Christ-killers, they call us, but we did not crucify their Jesus; we were bitter exiles in Babylon when he died in Jerusalem."Marisol Garcia is the daughter of a conversa. Her mother was a Jew that converted the Christianity. The Spanish Inquisition has just begun in Seville and no Christian with Jewish blood is safe; it is thought that many of them are still secretly practicing Jewish rituals. After her mother's death, Marisol is married off to a lawyer working for the Inquisition for her protection. As Seville becomes more and more dangerous, Marisol must figure out who to trust before it is too late. This book started slow for me. The jumping around in the timeline at the beginning made it a bit difficult to get into, then in the middle there is quite a lot going on that is hard to keep up with. The book ended very strongly though. I have heard good things about Jeanne Kalogridis from others and can only guess that some of the problems with the book is that this is the first book she has written with a completely fictional heroine. I did enjoy the book once I got into the groove. The settings were really beautifully done, especially the descriptions of the palace. The book was a hard read, mainly because it was heartbreaking and tragic and Kalogridis did not pull any punches when describing torture and other horrors of the Inquisition. It really gives you a feel for what was going on at the time. The author's note gives a lot of historical facts and shows the amount of research that went into the book. The story itself gives plenty of history not only of the time period covered but the events leading up to it without bogging the reader down in a recitation of facts. I look forward to reading more from the author. Alphabet Challenge: I

  • Aoi
    2018-10-01 15:24

    Very very generous 3 stars from me.I don't understand what happened when this book was written. I'm a huge fan of Kalogridis' books but this one was just not working for me. I found Marisol to be extremely annoying, whiny, undetermined, and frustrating. She didn't follow the flow of the usual strong, determined, and powerful women present in all of the other author's books. She had to keep being saved, kept making mistakes, and didn't think on her own ever. On top of that, there wasn't too much that happened in this book. Most of it was her pondering what to do and being angry at Antonio and hating herself for the situation she was in. That's great and all but I doubt that's what one would really do in a dangerous situation where people close to her are endangered. And trying to run after the Queen to get her to listen to her plea? It's hard for me to believe that somebody in her era would forget her place when it comes to ranks, considering her father's status in Seville. And what's with the 'I didn't think of this at the time' when obviously sketchy things are going on and then the next second she actually has an intellectual thought?In a way I feel that Marisol wasn't completely established as a character. She had more going for her but she ended up being an empty and useless protagonist. I'm always waiting in excitement for her next book and this was just a disappointment. Her writing style was great as always but the plot was a no go for me.

  • Roberta Roberti
    2018-09-29 13:13

    The Inquisitor's Wife is the story of a young woman whose entire life gets thrown upside down when the Inquisition arrives in Seville in 1481. Marisol Garcia's family is torn apart when her mother's "converso" status (a Christian who converted from Judaism or whose ancestors did) causes her to do drastic things in order to save her family's lives. In a devastating turn of events, Marisol's father marries her off to a man she despises and she quickly discovers that both her father and her new husband have their own agendas. To her horror, her new husband works for the Inquisitor and Marisol has to find a way to save her father from investigation and herself from a life with the man she hates. This is a very well-written, suspenseful novel that grabs you from the beginning. Author does a great job of weaving historical facts and a fictional tale into a cohesive, smooth story. While I gripped my seat at the action, I also enjoyed learning a few things about the Inquisition that I hadn’t known. Her descriptions are so vivid that you can picture yourself there observing the action. ( I can’t say that I enjoyed the graphic descriptions of the torture, even though I knew full well that this was nothing compared to some of the things the “investigators” actually did).If you enjoy historical fiction set against a backdrop of actual history, this is a great choice.

  • anolinde
    2018-10-02 11:05

    Can I just say I hate books with titles like "The Inquisitor's Wife" or "The Alchemist's Daughter" or w/e. Like, your protagonist should be able to stand on their own for the reader - because if the reader gets all the way through the book and still only defines the main character by their relationship to someone else, that's a problem.But I digress.(view spoiler)[So, this story was fine, though I prefer Kalogridis's other novels set in Italy. The characters were mostly "eh," not particularly memorable, wasn't really invested in them. I could never get a hold on Gabriel - was he smart? Dumb? A sociopath? Their marriage lasted all of... what, like, a month? I felt like we never really saw him and Marisol interacting with one another, or got a feel for how they managed the day-to-day living situation.Also, if Marisol's mother was alive the entire time, why the fuck didn't she just tell the father so he could gtfo of Spain? Why was she just hanging out in some other place while he got persecuted, tortured, and executed? Why did any of that need to happen? (hide spoiler)]This novel as a whole just felt... underdeveloped. The characters, the plot, everything. Hopefully Kalogridis's next one will be better!

  • Gayle
    2018-09-27 08:26

    Marisol Garcia has been born and raised in Spain during the Spanish Inquisition. Daughter of a Jewish mother and a Christian father, her parents try to protect her from the Inquisitors. After her mother's death she is forced into an unwanted marriage by her father to an Inquisitor. Through trials and hardships, with some surprises along the way, reunited with an old flame, she attempts to save herself and her father.The Spanish Inquisition in Spain is not a period in which I have read about very much. Most of what I know of this is from the English accounts and aspects. So I was anxious to read this novel. I was not disappointed. The author paints a very vivid picture of the time and her characters pop off the pages. The monarchs are written as King Fernando and Queen Isabel, more commonly known as Ferdinand and Isabella, parents of Catherine of Aragon, although she is not portrayed in this novel at all.I enjoyed this book and encourage others to read it as well. The Spanish Inquisition was a dark time in history and the author brings it to life once again. Job well done!

  • Sherri
    2018-10-22 16:29

    Some historical fiction books have so much detail about the historical time that a reader actually learns some history. Sharon Kay Penman is an author of historical fiction of that genre. Her books are rich in historical detail. The Inquistor's wife is not a book like that. The book is more character driven with the Spanish Inquisition providing the background for the characters. The story's main focus is on Marisol, the daughter of a converso - a woman with Jewish blood who has converted to the Catholic faith. Marisol is challenged in many respects - about faith, love and politics. The story of Marisol is intricately tied to her father's decision to marry her to an "old Christian" family who has no love for conversos to protect her. The story has many unexpected twists and the ending was both predictable but not in an expected way. I enjoyed the historical detail and the human impact of the Inquisition and would highly recommend this book to fans of historical fiction.

  • Kristin
    2018-10-15 12:12

    I would give this book 3 1/2 stars (I liked it, but didn't really like it). I liked the main character, Marisol, and her close servant, Mariam, the best of all of the characters, and also enjoyed Marisol's family's story. The main story line (i.e. Marisol's family being targeted by the Spanish Inquisition due to her mother's conversa history --meaning family of converted Jews) was good, well paced and realistic. I did really appreciate all of the author's research into the Spanish Inquisition under Queen Isabella in Seville (1481), as well as basic information on the Christian attacks on Jewish communities (massacres) in 1390. There is a lot of interesting information about attempts by the conversa community to safely "export" both their innocent community members, as well as their property and valuable Jewish artifacts. I think the end of the book "saved" the book from just being okay, it wrapped up the whole story line well.