This was a great book! You are taken to Medieval Spain during the time of the Inquisition. It is like watching an epic movie of the life of a man from his infancy, childhood and manhood: his trials, his coming of age, his passion, successes and loves are told against the backdrop of the times. Great attention to detail takes you there - how the people lived, what they wore and ate, their loves and hatreds and loyalties, the social and political structure of the times. Arnau is a good, honest man who is generous with his hard won wealth, but makes enemies as well. The back cover states: "A new Ken Follett is born", this is "a thrilling historical novel of friendship and revenge, plague and hope, love and war." A very rich and satisfying read! Savor it!
ETA: Read the author's notes at the back of the book. The novel is based on real people and real events in ancient writings. No wonder it is so powerful and alive!