In the distance they could just make out a large grey mass behind them, creeping inexorably like algae. And even before his first toe, of his first foot touched the ground for the first time, he knew what he had to do. However, the book was a bit too long and some parts were a bit repetitive. I was going to round up to 2 stars for the world building, but the characters! Overall great job of having a tight, interesting story set within a vast interesting world. In late 2013, it was reported that a had begun production.
I did enjoy this unusual book. The main character has a secret agenda, and to pull it off she has hijacked a prison barge - a huge space ship containing six thousand of the worst scum human colonies have to offer, and is forging them into a legion of mercenaries controlled by collars that detonate if they so much as look at her funny. But witch burning in Europe reached a peak in the mid- 16th century, which makes it time-correct for the setting of this novel. I am a bit of a Historical Fiction snob. Magdalena is headstrong and very clever, and is the daughter of Jakob Kusil — a Bavarian hangman. The earth and all its factions and tensions exploded into space and in 400 years we are the same bunch of idiots but with better tech. I can accept a hangman who is well read, understands herbs etc.
He's a wise giant of a man, somewhat troubled by the nature of his job which also includes torturing suspects in order to get a confession out of them joined in his search for the murderer by a young physician just starting to question the old ways. All that is needed is her confession, under torture when necessary. I know that this book has been an absolute chore for me to read for the last 100 pages at least and I am giving up. I don't know how much is the author's fault or the translator's fault and I don't care -- both are men of limited talent. However, I was not emotionally invested in the characters and felt withdrawn from the story itself. He kind of marginalizes the daughter, actually. To say that she grows with the movement is a bit like hoping your old dog will stop pissing in the house.
And above all, he is not superstitious. Sentences flowed well, dialogue made sense, people did things. Yes the main character is a hangman, Jakob Kuisl, and yes, he's got a daughter, but this is not her story. Miska is a totally kickass character who is a skilled fighter but at the same time she's not exactly the most likeable character, she is pretty willing to use the prisoners as canon fodder and she doesn't seem to have much of a conscience. But overall it was gripping and had compelling characters. She reveals that Esmeralda is a princess, 's character in the original , and the daughter of Quixtla and the hangman. He pushed the weight off and very slowly got to his feet.
Ezra is overcome by vampire women, is fed on and quickly turns. The author makes them very real. The biggest problem for me was the Hangman. Atmosfera straha koja se stvara pri pojavi naizgled neobjašnjivih događaja, struktura i karakter gradskih moćnika jednog bavarskog gradića, upiranje optužujućeg prsta na temelju smješnih dokaza i procesi koji se provode samo da bi se proveli, pa makar i nedužna osoba bila okrivljena, kao i poneki grozni detalji mučenja, sve su to odlike ovog romana zahvaljujući kojima smo u potpunosti mogli doživjeti inkviziciju koja je nezaobilazna kada se priča o povijesti Europe od 12. Nevertheless, I often had to simplify for dramatic reasons. The best man capable of investigating a crime like this would be the local hangman, Jakob Kuisl. How had Mabus captured the exact way he would purse his lips and close his eyes when he raised the spoon of soup to his lips? As night falls, all the parties coincidentally seek shelter in an isolated inn that also serves as a whorehouse.
I love good historical fiction, but this book just doesn't deserve the adjective. But it may be too late to prevent bloodshed. Well, there is a guide in the front of major players and really you will get to know those whom matter sooner than later. Everything was repeated over and over and over again. And that's just the beginning as Gavin Smith throws in a sequence of twists that shift the ground under the reader's feet. Some of the readers did not like the book because of some of the phrases that it uses; it is possible that some of the word choice used is due to the fact that it has been translated from another language and it was determined by the translator to use this language. And they know potions and herbs, and they touch other women at indecent spots.
Miska is a special forces military veteran with hacker training and she uses her skills to steal the Hangman's Daughter a maximum security prison barge. Jakob Kuisl is charged with extracting a confession from her and torturing her until he gets one. It was not just another flacid historical mystery, with a quirky or morose protaganist, a cunning villain, a handful of suspects, a gruesome crime or two and a sinister motive. It felt like a dislocated shoulder or at least, it had in that split second before his brain had shut down from the agony. If you could have seen his face under the mask, it would have been as serene as a marble saint. I already bought the next one as it was on offer so I will continue with the series, hopefully it will get better and better. We find out more about her, and her relationship with her father, piece by piece, raising questions but never quite giving the answers until the time is right.
This book is a translation from the German. Not neccessarily for the story or the writing itself, but for the magical job Oliver Potzsch did on creating this world and setting his scenes. I really can't read this anymore. They were frightening times in these areas of Germany and that comes through strongly in the book. Are the mercenaries just for fun and profit, or does Miska have a hidden purpose connected to her covert past? Moreover, I don't understand why the book and the series is called the Hangman's Daughter. It's going to be amazing. It has so many things that I absolutely love: a dark and gritty world, cool and complex technology, morally grey characters, and a butt-kicking leading lady.