A romantic and thrilling historical adventure from the internationally bestselling author whose work Diana Gabaldon has called "Enthralling".
Spain, 1748. Caridad is a recently freed Cuban slave wandering the streets of Seville. Her master is dead and she has nowhere to go. When, by chance, she meets Milagros Carmona—a spellbinding, rebellious gypsy—the two women become inseparable. Caridad is swept into an exotic fringe society full of romance and art, passion and dancing.
But their way of life changes instantly when gypsies are declared outlaws by royal mandate and their world as a free people becomes perilous. The community is split up—some are imprisoned, some forced into hiding, all fearing for their lives. After a dangerous separation, Caridad and Milagros are reunited and join in the gypsies’ struggle for sovereignty against the widespread oppression. It’s a treacherous battle that cannot, and will not, be easily won.
From the bustle of Seville to the theatres of Madrid, The Barefoot Queen is an unforgettable historical fresco filled with characters that live, suffer, and fight for the lives of those they love, and for the freedom they can’t live without.
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About the Author
Ildefonso Falcones is a lawyer and internationally bestselling and award-winning author of Cathedral of the Sea and The Hand of Fatima. With over 7 million copies sold, his previous work been translated into more than 40 languages worldwide. He lives in Barcelona with his family.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Barefoot Queen is one of the best novels I've ever read. It has become an all-time favourite of mine. The setting is 18th century Spain, a brutal era where the gypsy people were persecuted, bringing to the forefront prejudics, adversity, and courage. The main characters are two women - Caridad, a freed slave who has always suffered abuse and neglect, and Milagros, who has always been surrounded by love and family. These two vastly different women are drawn to each other and soon, their worlds will collide bringing grave danger and immense changes to both their lives. The story culminates in a fabulously satisfying ending, with each subplot brought successfully to a close. Mr Falcones holds nothing back in recreating this violent period in history. He does not shirk away from describing the brutality, the sexual abuse of women, the murder of innocents. He tells the tale with a wonderful writing style that is rich and en pointe. The characters are so real, they were so memorable, I will never forget this story. This is a novel that will become a classic - it will endure for years and years to come. Truly brilliant!
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I have to stress that this isn't a DNF because The Barefoot Queen is bad. It's a DNF because I stepped outside my comfort zone and, in this case, I shouldn't have. I found The Barefoot Queen in the "Literature/Fiction (adult)" shelf on NetGalley. A shelf I don't tend to look at and probably really shouldn't, I guess. Why it didn't work for me: The Barefoot Queen was so slow. I only made it 15% of the way in, but that was 100 pages! This book is long and I just couldn't connect with any of the characters or the story. The main character, Caridad, is a freed slave wandering alone in Spain. I loved the concept, but I hated the way Caridad was written. Her thoughts were so empty - it kind of felt like some authors write intelligent animals, or maybe a step up. I think that the author was trying to show how lost and hopeless she felt and it's VERY possible that some things were lost in translation (since this was originally published in Spanish). The story line that was really interesting and had lots of potential was the gypsies. It's probably the reason I pushed passed the 8% point I was at when I first wanted to call it quits. It was a really great representation of the Catholic authorities dealings with the gypsy people at this time - and introduced some really interesting personalities and potential conflicts. I'm actually specialize on this time period AND Spanish history and I can say that this was EXTREMELY historically accurate. That may be another reason I wasn't feeling The Barefoot Queen actually and, again, it's no fault of the book. I have read SO MUCH about this time period and I would like a break from it. It just wasn't right for me. So it didn't work for me and I'm calling it. Time of death: 15%