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A gripping, dramatic adventure set during the Spanish Inquisition - a time of fire and fury when people turned traitor to save themselves.

Zarita is used to basking in the pampered lifestyle being the only daughter of the town magistrate affords; she is free to roam the town as she likes, consort with the son of a nobleman and spend her days studying the arts. Saulo's family have fallen on hard times, and when his father is hanged for an assault on Zarita he did not commit and Saulo is hauled off to be a slave at sea, Saulo swears revenge. But when Zarita's mother dies in childbirth, and the formidable and frightening Inquisition arrives in the area, a curtain of suspicion and brutality comes down on her old life for good. Saulo may believe that Zarita is his sworn enemy, but in a time when the whole of Spain is in turmoil, are he and Zarita each other's only hope of survival?


I particularly enjoyed watching the way that the two children grew up and changed their own lives.

Deliliah Ferry-Swanson aged 11, First News

As soon as I started 'Prisoner Of The Inquisition' I couldn't put it down. It's a fantastic, mesmerising and enjoyable book....This is a brilliant tale of revenge, betrayal and courage. From the start I was gripped. Whenever I wasn't reading the book I was thinking, 'What happens next?... Do they do this?... Do they do that?' I was determined to finish this book within week and I did!

Shannon Waters, Sugarscape

Breslin's ability to weave a well-researched, page turning plot around sympathetic, believable characters has been displayed before in The Medici Seal and The Nostradamus Prophecy...it's unputdownable

Amanda Craig, The Times

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    September 1, 2011

    Corgi Childrens

    320 pages

    RRP $22.99

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  • EBook


    May 1, 2010

    RHCP Digital

    320 pages

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