Release Date: April 4, 2012
Netgalley Advanced Readers Copy
Once again, master storyteller Eva Wiseman brings history to life in this riveting and tragic novel.
First Line:"What do you see? Is there a handsome stranger in my future?"
"Wiseman (Puppet) adeptly portrays the threatening atmosphere of fear and prejudice that compels citizens into distasteful choices: Isabel’s forced betrothal, for safety’s sake, to a Catholic man she despises; old friends refusing her desperate family’s entreaties for help once their heritage is known." —Publishers Weekly
What I Thought: Wiseman has created a 15th-century world where prejudice and religious persecution abound; a great introduction to young teens to the historical aspects of the Inquisition. I thought Isabel was a strong and brave heroine. This is more for younger YA readers because I think that older teens may not find the characters engaging enough. While I think older MG will find just the right amount of excitement and realism, some of the descriptions of torture may be a bit graphic for younger readers. I think that this would be a great book to use along with other materials when studying about this time period.
About The Author: Eva Wiseman
Who: Young adult fiction writer Eva Wiseman was born in Hungary and currently lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Eva possesses a Bachelor of Science degree, a Master of Arts degree, and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Manitoba. She has worked as a journalist for the Winnipeg Free Press and the former Winnipeg Tribune, and has taught English Second Language and GED courses to immigrant women.