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The Master's Apprentice: A Retelling of the Faust Legend Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Oliver Pötzsch worked for years as a journalist and scriptwriter for Bavarian television. He is the author of seven books in the international bestselling Hangman’s Daughter historical series, the children’s novel Knight Kyle and the Magic Silver Lance, and the Black Musketeers series, including Book of the Night and Sword of Power. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages. Oliver lives in Munich with his family. For more information, visit www.oliver-poetzsch.de.
Lisa Reinhardt studied English and linguistics at University of Otago and lives with her family on the beautiful West Coast of New Zealand. Her most recent work includes The Council of the Twelve, the seventh book in Oliver Pötzsch’s Hangman’s Daughter series.
- ASIN : B07WGDKKYC
- Publisher : Amazon Crossing (April 28, 2020)
- Publication date : April 28, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 9307 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 534 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,290 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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By John E. Kelley, Sr. on May 21, 2020
It's enthralling and I loved how Faust was a well developed and interesting characters.
The historical background is well researched and vivid.
I loved the mix of elements and I couldn't put it down.
An excellent read, strongly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
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Here the author goes for Johann coming from Knittlingen, the main character identified for the legends, and a real Faust who became a magician, astrologer and alchemist, although with such a tale as it has evolved over the years there were probably other real people who added to the legend with their telling or with their actions. Nicknamed Faustus by his mother so he finds that actually life is not very lucky for him, and as we first join him so we see he is being bullied at school, mainly due to the fact that he is intelligent and is always trying to learn something new. As we first meet him properly then he is in his teens and we find out about the love of his life, his homelife and so on. Due to circumstances Faustus leaves home under a dark cloud and finds himself travelling with a chiromancer and astrologer doing the circuit and the story really then starts to develop and intrigue us.
Quite fast paced this does have adventure and intrigue, along with love, trickery, manipulation and the quest to learn about forbidden subjects. For Faustus he is about to learn things that perhaps he would be off better not knowing, and by the end of this tale he finds out just how mad and bad his mentor is, who although leaving him years before, can never really escape from. We thus have a cat and mouse game here as well, with a certain amount of skulduggery.
This could have been worked into some type of quite good horror tale, but here the author shows his genius by making this an historical tale, where magic and the occult is more along the lines of conjuring and chicanery. Because this is set in what was the Renaissance, so we can see old ideas and superstitions starting to be overturned in a number of fields due to new discoveries and more questioning of the world around us. This story is then something that is well worth reading, and now we have to hold on for a while until the next novel is published. I should point out however that this does have a proper ending, and we thus know that the second tale will open with further exploits in the life of Faust.
For me Faust is a name that has wandered around in my background without being in focus. I haven't read either Marlow's play or Goethe's verse. After reading this gripping tale I will now do both.
This story is full of colour and it smells bad just as medieval Europe must have done. There is chaos and death. There's a lot of darkness and dirt with small patches of candlelight keeping the demons at bay. It feels very real.
There are definite echoes of Hermann Hesse's Narziß und Goldmund which, although Faust takes place earlier than the events in Hesse, fit together very well.
I was devastated when I finished "The Master's Apprentice" - it's one of the best books I've read in a long time. I felt like I'd lived through what Faustus went through, from his childhood to his mid-30s anyway, which is where Book 1 ended. There are so many twists and turns, so much intrigue and jaw-dropping surprises, I was absolutely drawn in to the book, it was more of an "experience" than a mere book.
I've already pre-ordered Book 2 - "The Devil's Pawn"