The Barefoot Queen is a beautifully imagined novel that pulls you into the world of Caridad, a recently freed slave. The writing is vividly detailed and gives you the sense of experiencing Caridad's heartbreaks, struggles and triumphs alongside her.
When her cruel master dies upon a ship bound for his homeland she finds herself a free and utterly alone woman. Abused and turned away at every turn she finally finds refuge with a gypsy family. Milagros, the granddaughter of a powerful gypsy befriends her and shows her the first kindness she has seen in her life.
She is separated from Milagros only to find her again amid a sea of turmoil when war is declared on the gypsies. Caridad joins her friend in the struggle for the gypsy way of life and true freedom.
The Barefoot Queen is one of the most fantastic historical novels I have had the pleasure of reading in quite some time. I look forward to more from Mr. Falcones and will definitely check out his previous novels; Cathedral of the Sea and The Hand of Fatima.
*I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.