BOOK REVIEW: DEATH AND THE DEVIL
It is the year 1260 and an architectural masterpiece is almost complete – the great cathedral. The architect, Gerhard Morart, is a well-known respected man in the city. A huge man dressed in black pushed Morart to his death from the cathedral’s scaffolding. People in the town believed Morart’s death was either an accident or a suicide. Some believed the building’s surface was uneven which caused the accident; others believed the building was too high and getting close to God and this was God’s punishment.
The killer might have gotten away with the belief that this was an accident or suicide except for one thing – there was a witness. A young boy, known as Jacob the Fox, was stealing apples from an orchard and saw the person in black push Morart out of the window.
Now Jacob is scared and continually running because he believes the person in black is the devil. Jacob knows he has to have some help from people in the city and must have the knowledge to keep ahead of the killer in order to save his own life. To make matters worse, Morart is only the first of many victims.
Will Jacob succeed in saving his own life?
Death and the Devil debuted in Germany in 1995 and over a quarter of a million copies have been sold. Frank Schatzing has written a medieval thriller that will engross the reader from the very first page. It is very obvious that the author has done much research in order to write this book. This book brings to the reader’s attention many of the struggles that were taking place during this time period – most especially the rising power of the church. This is an excellent historical novel that is intriguing, has well drawn characters and writing that is done with explicit detail. Be sure to add Death and the Devil to your reading list.
REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON
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