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The Dark Monk by Oliver Pötzsch
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Jul 14, 2012

really liked it

I keep going back and forth between 3 stars and 4 stars. I enjoy a good historical mystery/thriller. The story is pretty interesting. It's not as intense as the first book, The Hangman's Daughter. It's almost like a historical Dan Brown book.

The books are set in Bavaria in the 1600's. I loved that the author includes a little travel guide at the end of the book. Now I want to visit Bavaria and walk or bike to all of the little towns, churches, monasteries, and gorges that he talks about.

The travel guide, along with a few of the characters made me lean towards 4 stars. The hangman is the true hero of this series for me, though I also enjoy his tough, smart, and fiery daughter. The hangman's friend, (and his daughter's lover) the town physician, is the 3rd protagonist of the book. At 5 feet tall, and something of a dandy (pettycoat pants, really?), I have a much harder time accepting him as a love interest and hero.


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