The Heretic of Granada

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
368 Pages
Reviewed on 08/28/2018
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Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite

The Heretic of Granada by David C. Edmonds is a historical fiction novel that takes place in 1741 (the time of the Inquisition) with Father Antonio refusing to give up the location of a native holy site, one that he is determined to protect no matter what. Father Antonio's jailer rescues him with the intention of enlisting his assistance in defrauding the bishop's account at Casa de Contratación. This takes Father Antonio on a journey to rescue the man's sons from the bishop and to defraud him. Along the way, he faces opposition from the Inquisition, and pirates that he must overcome with the help of an Irishwoman named Molly.

The Heretic of Granada by David C. Edmonds was a well-written historical fiction novel that I finished in one sitting. It just had one of those plots that pulled me in from page one and refused to release me until I finished the entire book. The writing style was well chosen and the author did a good job in keeping the novel historically accurate, while still making it an enjoyable fictional read. I personally really liked the fact that it was set during the Inquisition as I rarely find well-written historical fiction of that time period. I have to say that Molly was my favorite character because of her spirit and her ability to make her own independent decisions. I liked the fact that she was a strong, capable female character who was well developed over the course of the novel. Overall, I enjoyed reading this novel and I hope the author continues to write more historical fiction in the future.