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The Godforsaken

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  63 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Orig. title: The Godforsaken; this is the restored edition.

The story of Prince Rolon, who challenges the power of the Grand Inquisitor of Spain, and how he triumphs over being both chosen and damned. A tale of action and romance.
Hardcover, 393 pages
Published December 31st 1983 by Warner Books (NY) (first published May 1983)
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Disclaimer: Arc via Netgalley.

Thank god for Open Road Media. Truly and completely.

Years ago, I picked up this book when it was being re-issued via a small independent press. The edition was so badly edited and produced that any reader knew it was the publisher and not the writer. I couldn’t finish it.

Thankfully, Open Road Media has re-issued the Godforsaken as an e-book.

Thankfully, they did a professional edit.

Thankfully, we can now read Yarbro’s tale of a Spanish prince who is werewolf.

This review only applies to the re-issue. Yarbro is a wonderful writer, but the re-issue of this book contains so many typos and publishing errors that it is not worth the cost.
Jessica Strider
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, historical
Pros: political intrigue, sense of dread throughout, wonderfully complex characters

Cons: slow & somewhat confusing beginning

King Alonzo II’s Spanish court works in close connection with the Inquisition of Padre Juan Murador, rooting out heresy wherever it lies. At an auto-da-fe, a condemned woman proclaims her innocence and pronounces a curse on Alonzo’s line, a curse his now 19 year old legitimate son bears the burden - and effects - of. The Infante Real, Don Rolon, is beset by doubts as t
V.R. Barkowski
In 16th century Spain at the height of the Inquisition, the heir apparent, Don Rolon, pays for the sins of his father via a curse uttered while Rolon was still in his mother's womb. At the height of each full moon, Rolon, despite his devotion to Church and country, secretly suffers the beast within. With his treacherous half-brother, estranged father/king, and the Inquisition all looming, the risk of discovery threatens not only Rolon but those who fight to protect him and his right to accession ...more
Michele Lee
Mar 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: horror or historicalfans
Shelves: horror-suspense
It's a shame the copy editor did such a horrendous job on this book because it's an incredibly detailed, complicated dark tale that's compelling, gripping and sweeps the reader away into the period of the Spanish Inquisition with an expert hand. I'm tempted to go through and edit it so that the next time I read it I won't be thrust out of the prose because of typesetting errors. It's not a 5 start simple because of the sheer number of typographical errors.
Maria Beltrami
La Spagna è schiacciata sotto al terribile pugno dell'Inquisizione, il re poco più che un burattino, un uomo crudele, austero nella sua magnificenza, incapace di amare. L'erede al trono è una creatura disprezzata, un essere triste che porta sulle suo spalle la maledizione scagliata su suo padre e su sua madre da un'eretica poco prima di essere bruciata in uno degli orrendi auto da fé.
E dopo ogni notte di luna piena il cristianissimo regno di Spagna si sveglia piangendo delle vittime, sventrate d
Nov 22, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know where to start with this book. Really...I...??? Um ok so I'll start with the story. It had so much potential. The detailing was great but I was left so completely unsatisfied. Set in the 1500's during the prime of the Spanish Inquisition and the burning of the "heretics". An old woman spews a curse on the El Rey (King) and states that all of the "innocents" of his heritage will suffer and "where you garner hope a ravening beast". His heir Don Rolon is cursed with being a werewolf. N ...more
Jan 01, 2010 rated it liked it
Hmm, I meant to mark it currently reading last week. Now that I've finished it, I need to take it down a star, for a couple reasons. But first the good things....

This is a gripping supernatural thriller, set in Spain during the Inquisition. The main character is the Infante Real - the heir to the Spanish throne, and son to a king who was cursed - before the son was born - but the was to fall on "the heads of the innocent", so the Infante has always been told, and has always believed, that he him
Matteo Pellegrini

Quando l'Inquisizione allungò la sua mano crudele sulla terra di Spagna, tenendo sia il re che tutto il regno nella sua stretta implacabile, un nuovo orrore sorse a sfidare persino la potenza dell'inesorabile Grande Inquisitore. Si trattava di una maledizione scagliata contro la casata del re Alonzo, che proveniva direttamente dal Diavolo. Una maledizione che avrebbe fatto si che le sue figlie non potessero mai sposarsi. Una maledizione che avrebbe trasformato il suo unico figlio maschio, Rolon,

Aug 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
I'm not sure how to rate this one. There are some parts of the book that are really good and some parts I just wanted to skip over. When the story was on Don and his struggles to deal with his curse that turned him into a werewolf were good and kept me interested but the talk of the church all the time was a bit boring. It was ok to tell that part in the beginning but I didn't think we needed to be reminded throughout the book. Plus I would get lost with all the spanish words. I didn't know what ...more
Oct 24, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This historical novel set in Spain during the height of the Inquisition has first in line to the throne Don Rolon beset by his father who snubs him at every turn, the Church who want him to be a pious Christian and avoid evil and, oh yeah, he's werewolf.

But, for all the densely written historical novel, that this surely is, the editing makes it jarring to read. It is very difficult to stick with the text in a story about the Inquisition when "bum" replaces "burn." When ls, 1s and Is are used int
Aug 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: amazon-reviewed
The Godforsaken by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro is a free NetGalley ebook that I read on Labor Day weekend. Or maybe it's Laborador Day....

Quinn Yarbro is no doubt the grandmistress of Gothic horror, of tantalizing tete a tetes, and bodice-rending sexual tension....when it comes to tales of Count St. Germain. Although Olivia and Roger/Ruggiero are terrific, well-rounded, right-of-center characters, the limited cast of The Godforsaken are slim shadows compared to the larger-than-life Compte.
Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book. Excellent story of the Spanish monarchy during Spanish Inquisition showing how nobody was safe. This story again shows how much research Yarbro does for her writing. This book has provided years of imagination seeds for me.
Mar 16, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, fiction
My mom had this book when I was a kid, and the cover used to scare the crap out of me. The book itself didn't deliver quite as well as the cover. Sigh.
Jan 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, horror
An enjoyable read that combines a trip back to the Inquisition era in Spain with the usual problems one faces in discovering that one is a werewolf.
Jun 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, shifter
A book that I have gone back and re-read several times over the years. I enjoy the mix of the historical with the werewolf story. In some ways it reminds me of The Werewolf of paris
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A professional writer for more than forty years, Yarbro has sold over eighty books, more than seventy works of short fiction, and more than three dozen essays, introductions, and reviews. She also composes serious music. Her first professional writing - in 1961-1962 - was as a playwright for a now long-defunct children's theater company. By the mid-60s she had switched to writing stories and hasn' ...more
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