I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
It is never a good sign when the sequel in a series can only muster a 4.0 rating, as this book has at the time of this review. Only the people who really liked the first book are going to go on and get the second book, so a low rating is not a good sign. It is a better rating than the first book which is a 3.8 right now.
This is not a bad book. I like the characters, they are not totally bad or totally great. There are strong women in the story and I like the Hangman. It is a stand alone novel, the first book is better, but you don't have to have read it to understand this book. This book just did not grab my impatient interest. Book one started with a execution, this book starts with a monk eating poisoned donuts. The writing is good, in that I felt like I was in Bavaria in the 1600's. The Historical part is good, I learned some new things and was reminded that the Swedes as well as most countries where invading Barbarians at one time. The weakness is the Mystery and the Thriller parts. The mystery was not mysterious enough to keep my interest and the story wasn't thrilling.
Grover Gardener is one of those narrators who brings class to any story he reads.
very different from your average MYSTERY. WELL WRITTEN . Engaging characters. It felt like I was there
The author inserting himself less in the story.
The story didn't sit right with me. The author continually inserted himself like he was teaching a history lesson. The author also interjected himself repeatedly to explain things that were going on as if the reader is to dumb to follow the story line. The dialogue was weird and very unnatural. I kept thinking, "people just don't talk like this". I forced myself to carry on till the end because it was ranked 4 stars... I just don't see why it has that ranking. The premise of the story is good... but poorly executed in my estimation.
If you have read any of these books, the storyline will be familiar and you will find comfort in the predictable nature of the outcome. A bit too corny some times, but a good listen.
enlightening, different perspective
Magdelena, she was strong and daring.
His voices were great. He did an excellent job of pronouncing the German names and places.
The excitement of being a hangman and hidden pillar of the community.
Yes, I actually probably would. It's just fascinating and the narrator has such a way of making it come alive.
Grover Gardner has such a fantastic voice and way of telling this story. Personally, I'm glad I listened to it instead of just reading it because it was excellent and enthralling as he spun the tale and changed his voice for each character.
One of my favorite parts about this book was the epilogue. The Author tells you how he came to write the book using so much history from his family tree and how he actually descends from the Hangman and how he goes back to Bavaria to research all of the locations. He then takes you on a walking/bike tour of the Priest's Corner, and tells you exactly what to look for if you vacation there. I hadn't really thought too much about visiting Bavaria before, but now I really want to go!
Another amazing book in the Hangman's Daughter series. I'm really loving this author and his ability to tell a tale that incorporates historical realness with absolute creativity and imagination. This book was another stunning visual in the way he combined his words, and I like how he has the ability to connect his old story without it being related. I would not recommend skipping the first book in the series, but you could easily read this one without having read it and not be lost. The characters and storylines intertwine and the plot has fun up and downs without being entirely predictable.