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Preposterous, darkly comic, brilliant 17th century romp.,
This review is from: The Beggar King (UK Edition) (A Hangman's Daughter Tale) (Paperback)
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The most preposterous book I've read. Packed full of darkly comical moments alongside completely off-the-wall adventures and I enjoyed every single word. Don't read this book and expect it to be anything other than entertaining. It's not. You have to suspend an awful lot of belief to get through it and; there's a lot to get through at 530 pages. The author takes us back to 1662 and features a hangman/torturer, Jacob Kuisl, who is framed for the murder of his sister. Jacob is sent into the prison in which he has himself inflicted so much pain. It's up to his daughter, Magdalena, and her partner, Simon, to clear his name and save the hangman from a fate worse than death!. The plot runs away with itself and the author is so obviously enjoying himself you feel the humour coming at you through the pages. It's quite breathless. There's gore and 'nastiness' in places, this is the story of a 17th century hangman/torturer after all, you need to be ready for the darker elements. There's so much going on and yet the story romps along really well and rarely ever stumbles but; the plot's so complex there are moments when it's difficult to believe what's happening. Features ghosts, spies, plotting, cliffhangers, beggars, catacombs, superstition, to name but a few, and set in and around different locations in Bavaria which are beautifully described. You do need to enter into the fun when you read the Beggar King and not attempt to take it too seriously however; the depth and richness of the story telling is quite remarkable. Brilliant gory, dark fun and I loved it.