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A showman’s fate is in the hands of the devil in an enthralling novel inspired by the Faust legend from the bestselling author of the Hangman’s Daughter series.

Rome, 1518. The church is tarnished by greed. Peasants are rebelling. Tumultuous times demand drastic recourse - before the devil gets his due. 

Johann Faust is a renowned magician, astrologer, and chiromancer traveling through Germany with his successful troupe: the orphaned juggler Greta and his loyal companion Karl. The avaricious Pope Leo X now requires Johann’s services to replenish the papacy’s drained coffers through alchemy. But the devil, with whom a regretful Johann once agreed to an unholy trade for fame, wants something else. Racked with paralyzing seizures, Johann fears that his debt is nearer to being settled. 

In France, Johann hopes for answers from an eminent new friend who could hold the key to his torment, body, and soul. For the celebrated artist, inventor, and anatomist Leonard da Vinci is suffering from the same accursed malady. Time is not on his side either. 

Now they all must outrun the devil, and the more human threats of the papal henchmen, before Johann is dragged straight to hell - along with everyone he holds dear.

©2019 Oliver Pötzsch. Translation © 2021 by Lisa Reinhardt. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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wonderful story

I absolutely love all of this author 's books. The time and subject are so interesting and he weaves the characters into a beautiful masterpiece.

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Just not for me

About halfway through, but enough is enough! Does not keep my attention while on the treadmill or other gym equipment, so I’m looking for something else.

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  • Reluctant Sceptic
  • 07-23-22

Interesting narrative, tediously presented in text.

A pretty good story which becomes a quite tedious listen along the way because the author/translator chose to summarise or spell out the just listened to happenings directly afterwards. Perhaps intended for schools, American schools at that.

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  • Stevie G
  • 08-23-21

Checkmate!

A wonderful conclusion to the story. After listening to vol 1, I wanted to see what happened to the characters and I wasn't disappointed. Difficult to say too much without giving spoliers so I'll leave it there.

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  • 04-28-21

Difficult to pause the story

The story for those who like the magic and evil. Unexpected turns in the most intense parts. Enjoyed the story. BTW, modern and old at the same time. A lot of true facts binded in one brilliant and magical story. Sad that it finished so soon. Thank you for the author. Highly recommend to start with the first book. Amazing combination.