The Last Song by Eva Wiseman

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Let’s start with the positive: the premise of this book is fantastic. There are so many historical fiction books for kids on certain topics, but other events have very few books available. The Spanish Inquisition is one of the more neglected topics.

Unfortunately, this book doesn’t help much, and I wouldn’t recommend it even if you’re desperate for something covering this topic or time period. The plot itself is so obvious and also has some glaring holes. The characterizations are all either stereotypical or simple cardboard. The main character should be sympathetic, but I found her to be completely unbelievable and absurd.

I fell for this one based on the cover and description, but I wish I’d saved my reading time. If I hadn’t been reading it for review, I’d have given up on it sooner, but since I did accept it I felt like I should finish it in hopes that it improved (or at least so my review was on the entire book.)

Publisher’s Description:
Spain had been one of the world’s most tolerant societies for eight hundred years, but that way of life was wiped out by the Inquisition. Isabel’s family feels safe from the terrors, torture, and burnings. After all, her father is a respected physician in the court of Ferdinand and Isabella. Isabel was raised as a Catholic and doesn’t know that her family’s Jewish roots may be a death sentence. When her father is arrested by Torquemada, the Grand Inquisitor, she makes a desperate plan to save his life – and her own.

Once again, master storyteller Eva Wiseman brings history to life in this riveting and tragic novel.

Book Details

Title: The Last SongThe Last Song by Eva Wiseman
Author: Eva Wiseman
Category:Juvenile Historical Fiction
My Rating: 2 Stars

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from NetGalley, but was not required to post a positive review, although that should be pretty obvious based on what I wrote above. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for supporting The Deliberate Reader!


  1. Bummer! I’m a bit of a Spain-ophile, so I’ll normally put up with a less than stellar book to read about one of my favorite countries, but this one sounds like a pass.

    • Yeah, I wouldn’t bother with this one – despite the setting, there was very little about Spain really. It felt like it could have been plunked down anywhere, and just change the reason for the persecution, it was so incidental to the story, even though it was supposed to be integral to it.


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