2.5 stars. I thought this was just an OK/average book. It covers the reign of Isabella and Ferdinand from shortly after their marriage through the return of the adventurer, Cristobol Colon (Columbus) from the New World which includes the installation of the Inquisition, the conquest of the Moors and the expulsion of the Jews. Somewhat dry and matter-of-fact, but nontheless, gives a good basic story. I have yet to find a really good book on these two - the other ones that are out there (The Queen's Cross by Lawrence Schoonover and Crown of Aloes by Norah Lofts) are older books and somewhat dated in style. I wish one of the current writers of historical fiction would take a stab at their story.