Monday, June 13, 2016

Inquisitor’s Niece by Erika Rummel Review

Inquisitor’s Niece by Erika Rummel

Inquisitor’s Niece Erika Rummel

Description of Inquisitor’s Niece by Erika Rummel

Publisher: Bygone Era Books, Ltd. (March 31, 2016) Category: Historical Fiction ISBN: 978-1-941072-38-7 ASIN: B01B8KEW36 Tour Date: May/June, 2016 Available in: Print & ebook, 394 Pages
 The path of true love never runs straight. Alonso and Luisa love each other, However there are a few obstacles to their happiness: the husband she was forced to marry; her uncle, the Regent of Spain; and Alonso’s Jewish family. Mix in the meddlesome Natale, whose loyalty is always to the highest bidder, and you have a story of a courageous couple determined to be happy together, despite the cards being stacked against them. Using the tumultuous period of Spain immediately following the deaths of Ferdinand and Isabella as her canvas, Erika Rummel paints a portrait of an era where Cardinals hold supreme power, Jews are forcibly converted to Christianity, and the spies of the Inquisition are everywhere.

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"Head Games is a unique and entertaining adventure with heart. There are the thrills of the adventure itself and we get to see the depth of the characters as they experience their fast paced South American quest. The story felt new and fresh!"-Valerie Mitchell, Mama Likes This "This is a fast paced page turner. A suspenseful, thrilling roller coaster ride with lots of twisty, loopy sections. Head Games is an apt title for this enthralling read. "- Joy Renee, Joy Story “Identity’s a big theme in this work, so if you’ve ever felt you were someone other than yourself, if you thought you might like to try living in someone else’s skin, if you’ve wondered whether your friends and loved ones were not exactly who they claimed to be, then this psychological labyrinth might just be your winding road to a good read”.- Carole Giangrande, Words to Go

About Erika Rummel

Inquisitor’s Niece Erika Rummel

Erika Rummel is the author of more than a dozen non-fiction books and three novels: 'Playing Naomi', 'Head Games', 'The Inquisitor’s Niece'. She won the Random House Creative Writing Award (2011) for a chapter from 'The Effects of Isolation on the Brain', which is forthcoming. She is the recipient of a Getty Fellowship and the Killam Award. Erika grew up in Vienna, emigrated to Canada and obtained a PhD from the University of Toronto. She taught at Wilfrid Laurier and U of Toronto. She divides her time between Toronto and Los Angeles and has lived in Argentina, Romania, and Bulgaria. Erika's Website: Erika's Blog: Twitter: Facebook:

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My Review:
This is a really good historical book. It has a love story, a bad guy, and a certain time in history. What I liked best was that it was an unusual era. The Spanish Inquisition is not that common, and this is the first book that I have read about it in a long time, and the author did a great job of bringing the past to life. Times were different for women back then ans Louisa has to do what her male guardian tells her to. She has to marry out of convenience rather than love. The man that she does love has issues of his own, his father is arrested, for being the same religion Alonso himself is. Even though he changes his religion to stay within the law, how do we know that he will stay safe? Can they get away from her uncle? This was a book that kept me reading and I really enjoyed the setting as well, especially Italy. I am giving this book a 4/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own.


  1. I'm so glad you enjoyed 'The Inquisitor's Niece'. I thought it was great historical fiction as well.

  2. Thanks for your praise for Inquisitor's Niece. Glad you enjoyed it!