The Dark Monk (US Edition) (A Hangman's Daughter Tale Book 2) (English Edition) Kindle电子书
"If you enjoy an unlikely hero, look no further. The Dark Monk comes with three...In this subtle, meticulously crafted story, every word is a possible clue, and the characters are so engaging that it’s impossible not to get involved in trying to help them figure the riddle out."—Oprah.com
"Pötszch knows Germany in his bones." —NPR, On Point
"[A] rousing sequel."
"Swift and sure, compelling as any conspiracy theory, persuasive as any spasm of paranoia, The Dark Monk grips you at the base of your skull and doesn't let go."
—Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked and Out of Oz
"Oliver Pötzsch takes readers on a darkly atmospheric visit to seventeenth-century Bavaria in his latest adventure. With enough mystery and intrigue to satisfy those who like gritty historical fiction, The Dark Monk has convincing characters, rip-roaring action, and finely-drawn settings."
—Deborah Harkness, author of A Discovery of Witches and the forthcoming Shadow of Night
"Weaving together the mystery of a murdered priest, a Templar treasure, and a kind-hearted hangman, Oliver Pötzsch's The Dark Monk is a labyrinth of clues and rich characters in seventeenth-century Bavaria. Pötzsch keeps the action boiling, the clues intriguing, and the history fascinating and authentic."
—William Dietrich, author of The Emerald Storm
"Pötzsch does an excellent job of plunking the reader down in seventeenth-century Germany ... Readers will also appreciate the nice balance between drama, suspense, and humor: this is a serious story, Pötzsch seems to be saying, but it’s OK to have some fun with it. At least two more books in the series are forthcoming, and they will be most welcome."
—Booklist --此文字指其他 kindle_edition 版本。
Lee Chadeayne is a former classical musician and college professor. He was one of the charter members of the American Literary Translators Association and is editor-in-chief of ALTANews. --此文字指其他 kindle_edition 版本。
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What "The Dark Monk" establishes early & often is what many potential readers may be concerned about: Whether or not this book can stand alone by itself or if it needs to be read only after you've gone through "Book 1/The Hangman's Daughter" - and the answer is, YOU CAN READ "THE DARK MONK" WITHOUT READING THE FORMER SERIES ENTRY AND STILL UNDERSTAND WHO EVERYONE IS AND WHAT THEIR CHARACTERS ARE LIKE ETC.
However, I'd read "The Hangman's Daughter" no less than a few days before "The Dark Monk," (truth be told I will likely be starting Book 3/"The Beggar King" in no time), and so I was eager to dive right into the meat of the next story. Much to my liking, Pötzsch wastes no ink or pages on getting down to business. In the opening chapter we are at once placed back NOT FAR FROM the 1600's Bavarian setting that our beloved Schongau Hangman resides in. Within a few pages, we're already following the three protagonists established in the first book, (The Hangman's Daughter): Jakob Kuisl - The Schongau Hangman, Magdalena Kuisl - The Schongau Hangman's eponymous daughter, and Simon Fronwieser - Schongau's polarizing young new physician whom is also a hopeful suitor for the charming Magdalena Kuisl), all set out to solve the mystery behind an ever-expanding murder. One that is far from what it seems and will lead them - as the book's synopsis appropriately reveals - on a search for a treasure perhaps dating back to the Knights Templar.
Filled to the brim with historically accurate references and fascinating insight into the lives of those inhabiting the period piece, "The Dark Monk," comes back stronger & more sinister than its opening novel, with a rabbit hole of conspiracies just waiting to pull you in until you've reached the final pages.
Easy 4 out of 5 stars for a book that doesn't pretend to offer more than it can deliver, yet delivers just above your best-guesses & expectations. Enjoy.
I was intrigued with this series from the first book and the second, while a bit slow, does not disappoint. There is so much to learn about this time period in the Bavarian Alps and to have a main character that is not only a hangman, a position feared and with suspicion, makes for a very intriguing story. I will be reading more.