Have I ever mentioned how much I love to get free stuff? Well, in case I have not- I do! So, in addition to that statement, the lovely staff over at BzzAgent invited me to one of their campaigns that happened to be for a kindle book!
Now, books can get spendy, depending on where you buy them. Personally, I am all for thrifting it in used/new book stores as you will typically find the best deals there as well as Amazon.com.
Okay, so let me get on to the book. There's two books (so far) in the series (the 2nd called "The Dark Monk". I only read (fully) The Hangman's Daughter and patrtially The Dark Monk. So, because I could not better explain the story in any greater detail. The awesome people over at GoodReads.com wrote up a perfect synopsis of The Hangman's Daughter to give you a feel of what the story is about and help you determine whether or not it will strike your interest.
"A historical thriller set in Germany, 1660: When a dying boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, hangman Jakob Kuisl is called upon to investigate whether witchcraft is at play in his small Bavarian town. Whispers and dark memories of witch trials and the women burned at the stake just seventy years earlier still haunt the streets of Schongau. When more children disappear and an orphan boy is found dead—marked by the same tattoo—the mounting hysteria threatens to erupt into chaos.
Before the unrest forces him to torture and execute the very woman who aided in the birth of his children, Jakob must unravel the truth. With the help of his clever daughter, Magdelena, and Simon, the university-educated son of the town’s physician, Jakob discovers that a devil is indeed loose in Schongau. But it may be too late to prevent bloodshed.
A brilliantly detailed, fast-paced historical thriller, The Hangman’s Daughter is the first novel from German television screenwriter Oliver Pötzsch, a descendent of the Kuisls, a famous Bavarian executioner clan."
So here are my honest thoughts on thee book:
This was a very thrilling book. While it was a page turner, it did get dull during some parts of it. Without giving anything away, all I can say that there is an unlikely hero in the story, which is refreshing to read-for once.
As a history freak, I enjoyed how everything was set and the time period to be most specific. Some of the words in the story may throw you off, but not to worry, it is well translated (as it is originally written in german.), but if you are looking for an international copy of the book in German and know German...then by all means, knock yourself out!
The reason I feel I got into this story is because the book had a lot to do with witch hunting/ witchcraft and there's a specific symbol in the story that connects to the deaths.
In other words that I cannot express happily- It is not Twilight which is another refreshing feeling I happen to enjoy. Though the ending does come off a little slow, it does very well of making up for it and I suggest everyone to follow up with The Dark Monk after you read this one- I can't wait to finish!
So there you have it! I am so excited and very appreciative that I had the opportunity to take part in this! It's a best seller and I find no harm in recommending it to anyone looking to kill a little time over this summer break.
Did anyone else read this thrilling story? If so, tell me your thoughts on it!