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A gem of a tale
on 28 June 2012
It took me a little while to get into this story but the more I read, the better I liked it. It has a wonderfully authentic feel to it and the author obviously knows, and loves, both the places and the period. The lives and times of the characters are wonderfully vivid. The story itself is a hunt for treasure, in the style of The Da Vinci Code, but set in medieval Europe. There are a couple of neat plot twists along the way as well, as Jakob Kuisl, his daughter and their young Doctor friend tackle murderes and bandits, as well as trying to track down the Templar treasure. My only slight reservation is that one or two of the villains came across as a bit stereotyped and one or two minor characters appeared and disappeared rather too quickly, but that is probably me being too picky. On the whole, it was very well constructed and kept me guessing to the end.
This is a thoroughly entertaining story, set against a truly authentic historical background. Don't be put off by the original being written in German; the translation is very good indeed and comes across as very natural.