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Critical Praise

Debut novelist Kaplan…Deftly moves through a complex web of personal relationships, religious zeal and political fervor.


Beautifully written, BY FIRE, BY WATER is a powerful story of religion, love and violence --- timeless themes honed by Kaplan into an enthralling narrative that doesn't let up until the last sentence.

—Simon Read, author of WAR OF WORDS

Kaplan has done remarkable homework on the period and crafted a convincing and complex figure in Santángel in what is a naturally cinematic narrative and a fine debut.

Publishers Weekly