The Play of Death (The Hangman’s Daughter, #6)
By: Oliver Potzsch
My Rating: Four out of Five Stars
Best for: 16 and up
It’s hard to say exactly why I keep coming back for more of The Hangman’s Daughter.
Is it the gruesome mysteries that must be solved? Is it the detailed historical fiction set in the uneducated, unhygienic, highly superstitious time period we call the dark ages? Instead of romanticized kings and queens living in comfortable castles, is it the true depictions of life in this time period that fascinates? The body odor, the rats, the torture, the “medical” practices, the missing teeth, the open sewers, the executions…
Yep. All of those.
Even the awkward translation from German is kind of endearing–after 6 books I think they’re doing it on purpose.
The Play of Death is fun and gruesome, a murder mystery disguised as historical fiction of a time period not typically depicted quite this honestly. As in each book, the mystery is solved by Hangman Jacob Kuisel and his family. Each book stands alone, so you don’t need to worry about reading them in order.
Watch out for a bit of language, gruesome murders, scenes of mid-evil torture and executions, and cringe worthy hygiene and medical practices. There is a non-graphic rape scene in this book.
16 and up will enjoy The Hangman’s Daughter stories.