Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Beggar King: a very short review

The Beggar King is the third in Oliver Potzsch's books in the "Hangman's Daughter" series.

Once again we follow the adventures and mysteries of 17th century Germany through the tales of Jakob Kuisl, the hangman of Schongau, and his daughter Magdalena.

This time, the action shifts to nearby Regensburg, which allows Potzsch to introduce new locations, new events, and many new thrills and spills.

Potzsch is quite entertaining, and the hangman of Schongau certainly has an eventful life!

I certainly can't criticize any of Potzsch's technique, and the shift to Regensburg allowed him to introduce several fascinating new characters. Although there was a fair amount of "sameness" to this third book in the series, there was enough novelty in the new surroundings and new companions to keep me zipping through to the end once again.

High literature this ain't, but if you're looking for a lively summer vacation read, Oliver Potzsch should be on your short list.

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