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AUDACIOUS ADVENTURES & A GREAT READ
on 5 January 2013
1662. In Regensburg sister Lisbeth is gravely ill. At once Schongau's hangman Jakub Kuisl sets off to try cure her. It is a trap, he arrested on trumped up charges and destined for much suffering. Feisty daughter Magdalena, lover doctor's son Simon in tow, vows to save him. Whom to trust in this city so full of colourful characters and surprises? What hope for the three with villains so determined?
One senses throughout Oliver Potzsch is thoroughly enjoying himself, tongue firmly in cheek as cliffhangers abound and exploits grow ever more preposterous. Here are ghosts from the past, spies spying on spies, even a plot to change the course of history. Prominent is charismatic beggar Nathan the Wise, king of the catacombs, but exactly whose side is he on?
It is all great, if gory, fun - best enjoyed by readers who enter into the spirit of the thing. Especially relished is the sparring between formidable Magdalena and diminutive Simon - he once such a dandy, now increasingly a force to be reckoned with.
Almost everything is here in this third book of a stirring series - grandeur, squalor, superstition, unlikely alliances, dramatic (if not always plausible) escapes, so many around not quite what they seem.
As before, Potzsch follows up with a delightfully chatty tour round the places featured - Regensburg a city he loves and, he assures potential visitors, in a far better state than it was then.
A sequel already under way? That is good news indeed.