Series: A Hangman’s Daughter Tale #!
Publication Date: December 7, 2010
Publisher: Amazon Crossing
Magdalena, the clever
and headstrong daughter of Bavarian hangman Jakob Kuisl, lives with her
father outside the village walls and is destined to be married off to
another hangman’s son—except that the town physician’s son is hopelessly
in love with her. And her father’s wisdom and empathy are as unusual as
his despised profession. It is 1659, the Thirty Years’ War has finally
ended, and there hasn’t been a witchcraft mania in decades. But now, a
drowning and gruesomely injured boy, tattooed with the mark of a witch,
is pulled from a river and the villagers suspect the local midwife,
Jakob Kuisl is charged with extracting a
confession from her and torturing her until he gets one. Convinced she
is innocent, he, Magdalena, and her would-be suitor race against the
clock to find the true killer. Approaching Walpurgisnacht, when witches
are believed to dance in the forest and mate with the devil, another
tattooed orphan is found dead and the town becomes frenzied. More than
one person has spotted what looks like the devil—a man with a hand made
only of bones. The hangman, his daughter, and the doctor’s son face a
terrifying and very real enemy.
This was one of the first books that I purchased for my Kindle back in December 2010 and it remains unread. I have bought the first four books in the series so I am really hoping that I do like it once I actually start reading it. Some of my Goodreads friends gave it 5 stars and others only gave it 1 star so it really could go either way. I do still think that it sounds interesting so there is hope!
What are your thoughts? Have you read this book? Would you recommend it to others?