Title: The Mapmaker's Daughter
Author: Laurel Corona
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Publish Date: March 4, 2014
Source: I received a copy from the publisher; however, this did not affect my review.
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "A sweeping story of
1492 Spain, exploring how what we know about the world shapes our map of
life Valencia, 1492. King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella issue an order
expelling all Jews who refuse to convert to Christianity. Amalia
Cresques, daughter of a Jewish mapmaker whose services were so valuable
that his faith had been ignored, can no longer evade the throne. She
must leave her beloved atlas, her house, her country, forever. As Amalia
remembers her past, living as a converso, hiding her faith, she must
decide whether to risk the wrath of the Inquisition or relinquish
what''s left of her true life. A mesmerizing saga about faith, family
and Jewish identity."
My Two Cents:
"The Mapmaker's Daughter," Amalia's life is changing quickly. She is
living in Spain just prior to and during the expulsion of the Jews from
Spain. She is a part of an affluent family but her family is of Jewish
descent. She and her family are straddling two sides of history. This
book was a mixed bag for me. It started out strong for me and then
tapered off through the story. Overall, I still liked this book because
of the historical detail.
Amalia was a very interesting character
to me. A lot is happening to her and around her and in many ways, she
is an observer and it felt as if she was merely being taken along for
the ride, especially during the last part of the book. I really felt
like I wanted more involvement from her. I really enjoyed reading about
her young life. Her family was fascinating. They live as Christians
after their conversions but the women in her family still practice some
of the Jewish traditions, which I found absolutely fascinating.
have not read a lot of historical fiction set in this time period. I
really liked reading about how some of the people, like Amalia's family
still practiced their religion in secret. It was interesting how many
people pretended to be someone they weren't in order to escape the
notice of people like Torquemada. I also really liked reading about how
the Spanish royalty really felt about the Inquisition. It was
interesting to see all of the different perspectives!