Incantation has ratings and reviews. J-Lynn said: This book is a beautiful telling of a horrific story. Set in Spain in , Estrella DeMadr. Oct 4, Incantation. by Alice Hoffman. “A monster is hard to see and even harder to kill. It takes time to grow so huge, time to crawl up into the open air. May 20, Echoes of the Holocaust reverberate through this 16th-century tale of a young Spanish woman who discovers through love, betrayal and.

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I really liked this book. Catalina and Estrella have been growing apart. See 2 questions about Incantation…. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 because I personally wanted more at the end. I loved Estrella and her family, so when everything comes together, I felt it deeply. I’ve read versions of this story before, and in better versions.

In this short visit to Jews trying to survive as pseudo Catholics in a dangerous time in Spain. Incantation shows the side of a person who’s life was changed for the Jewish hatred surrounding her. That said, it was certainly a compelling and short book.

As she did in The ForetellingHoffman offers another fascinating glimpse of a past civilization—with reverberations for both past and present—in this moving novel set during the Spanish Inquisition. With the horrors of the Spanish Inquisition as a backdrop, Estrella soon learns from her honored grandfather that she is Esther, that her entire family are Marranos Jews converted to Christianity but who practice judaism in secret.


The formatting was also unique, being divided by parts and scene breaks alone. As the story of her family and neighbors unfold, Estrella learns that her secret name is Esther — the Queen who saved her people, and that comes to this girl, too, as the inquisition with it’s ensuing fear tightens around her.

I just wanted more. Her neighbors are arrested, accused of being Marranos. Suddenly, many of the traditions her family upholds behind closed doors begin to make sense to her. Set in medieval Spain, Incantaion is a story about friendship, betrayal, identity, and religious persecution.

INCANTATION by Alice Hoffman | Kirkus Reviews

Just as Estrella learns her true heritage, Catalina discovers that Andres, the boy she aoice to marry, is in love with Estrella. View Full Version of PW. I think it really should have been longer.

In the process, she causes Estrella’s family a very unfair and painful conclusion.

White things were rising into the sky. As she is a Jew and she is not allowed to speak, eat a meal, let alone marry a Christian. Alice Hoffman’s books are super great, and the emotions they can control is extraordinary. From the beginning, I knew I was going to be swept away into a very dark time in Spanish history. incantatiom


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When all seems right, Estrella’s best friend Catalina rushes her to the plaza where something exciting invantation happening. Overall, it did not disappoint, and the story weaving engaged me, but I felt that I never truly got to know the characters before something drastic happened to them. Take time to digest what you are reading here.


Not Enabled Screen Reader: The friend, Catalina, becomes extremely jealous, as she had planned to marry Andres. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Until Catalina catches her with Andres. Abra, Estrella’s incantatiom, was more than a mother, but alicee Estrella could always confide to and she was amazing beautiful in the inside and out, not to mention she created art with her hands.

They have been close since birth but it is Catalina’s cousin Andres, who lives with Catalina’s family, that ultimately causes the rift between the two girls.