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The Dark Monk (Hangman's Daughter Series #2)
     

The Dark Monk (Hangman's Daughter Series #2)

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by Oliver Pötzsch
 

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THE ANTICIPATED FOLLOWUP TO THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER, THE HANGMAN’S DAUGHTER

1660: Winter has settled thick over a sleepy village in the Bavarian Alps, ensuring every farmer and servant is indoors the night a parish priest discovers he's been poisoned. As numbness creeps up his body, he summons the last of his strength to scratch a cryptic

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The Dark Monk: A Hangman's Daughter Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Wrighting4Fun More than 1 year ago
I read Hangman's Daughter earlier this year, and ff you are a fan of Umberto Eco's NAME OF THE ROSE or Josephine Tey's DAUGHTER OF TIME, then this book is right up your alley. The aspect of the author writing about a true historical figure that was also an ancestor was really interesting to me, and he did a great job bringing these characters to life. Am I really interested in the goings of of 17th century Bavaria? Not really, but I did enjoy the visit the author took me on. Some parts were kind on lengthy and perhaps superfluous, but that could just be my own American tastes--the book is translated (very well) from German. A nice read that kept me guessing to the end. The sequel had an interesting plot, but it was very reminiscent of Dan Brown--a group of Monks were after the Ultimate Templar treasure, a treasure that, once found, will change the course of the world. It takes place a few months after HD, in the winter, and the setting is finely integrated with the plot. The characters have changed, however. Simon isn't nearly as much of a dandy as he was in the first book, and I kind of missed that. The Hangman still knows everything, but he doesn't have that mysterious air he did previously. The novel was more thoroughly cleansed of inconsistencies, for which I am grateful for, but I missed all the same (it's like playing Where's Waldo with literature. Were bales of hay available before 1800? Nope, there were only haystacks...yet they are in the novel...). Still, it is an entertaining series that gets your brain moving, your blood pumping, and the villains are sadistically villainous. I will read on with this series because I know I'll be getting my money's worth of entertainment.
Lizbiz5396 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book every bit as much as I loved The Hangman's Daughter. Oliver Pötzsch is a fantastic writer. His books are suspenseful page-turners that keep you reading on and on. Full of twists and turns, The Dark Monk is a thrilling read. If you enjoyed The Hangman's Daughter, you will enjoy reading The Dark Monk. I cannot wait until Oliver Pötzsch's next two books are released! He is by far one of my favorite authors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't wait for this book to arrive. As with thte first book, it kept my attention all the way through. There were tidbits of fictional history all through the book. As with any good mystery, I was suprised at the ending.
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The Dark Monk, #2 in the series is as great as the last one. I can't wait for the third one "The Beggar King" & the forth one "The Warlock" to reach eBook!! June, reader at large.
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EAN More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for the next novel in the tale of the Hangman's Daughter!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another well written mystery Cant wait for the thirf book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Both books, THE HANGMAN'S DAUGHTER and THE DARK MONK, ARE excellent books. Difficult to put down. I could not wait to get back to reading both books.
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jakm42 More than 1 year ago
I did not like this book very much, not nearly as much as I liked the first one. It had some problems. The author used a lot 20th-21st century cliches that seemed very ill placed in this book about 1600's Bavaria. Having a man "hitting" on a young woman conjures images of a bar scene instead of images of medieval Europe. One of the characters pulled out a box of matches. All the main characters faced extreme danger at some point, but were able to save themselves because they all had picked up some object just moments before because they thought they might need it. The storyline was very "DaVinci Code-ish" with the characters following clues to find a treasure. How the characters managed to follow the clues frequently seemed obscure to me. One of the clues was placed on a tree that miraculously survives for several hundred years since the clue's placement without the tree being chopped down, blown down or just plain falling down because of old age. The hangman's daughter, much more important in this book than the first, still didn't really seem like part of the story. And her character just seems so juvenile, petty and jealous to be liked even though the author tried to make her seem fiery and independent. It just wasn't that great of a story.