By Oliver Pötzsch

The 12 months is 1662. Alpine village hangman Jakob Kuisl gets a letter from his sister calling him to the imperial urban of Regensburg, the place a ugly sight awaits him: her throat has been slit. Arrested and framed for the homicide, Kuisl faces first-hand the torture he’s administered himself for years.

Jakob’s daughter, Magdalena, and a tender medicus named Simon hasten to his relief. With assistance from an underground community of beggars, a beer-brewing monk, and an Italian playboy, they realize that in the back of the fake accusation is a plan that would endanger the whole German Empire.

Chock-full of old element, The Beggar King brings to vivid existence one other story of an not going hangman and his tough-as-nails daughter, confirming Pötzsch’s mettle as a author to monitor.

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The 12 months is 1662. Alpine village hangman Jakob Kuisl gets a letter from his sister calling him to the imperial urban of Regensburg, the place a grotesque sight awaits him: her throat has been slit. Arrested and framed for the homicide, Kuisl faces first-hand the torture he’s administered himself for years.

Jakob’s daughter, Magdalena, and a tender medicus named Simon hasten to his relief. With the aid of an underground community of beggars, a beer-brewing monk, and an Italian playboy, they become aware of that at the back of the fake accusation is a plan that may endanger the whole German Empire.

Chock-full of old aspect, The Beggar King brings to vivid existence one other story of an not likely hangman and his tough-as-nails daughter, confirming Pötzsch’s mettle as a author to observe.

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Now it emerged from the smoke. A vast boxy shape was crawling laboriously up the side of the crater. It was more like a great slab of rock than any living thing. On its back was a kind of shell, like an insect's carapace, but the shell was flat and a pale silvery-gray, and it was liberally covered with caked-on dust and dried mud. It would have been big enough for all seven of the mammoths to stand side by side on its back. The beast moved forward, not on legs, but on its underbelly, leaving tracks cut deep in the rock of the crater rim.

She spied huge-winged kittiwakes, fulmars and jet-black guillemots. Every so often one of them would plunge into the dark water, seeking plankton or cod. There was more life here, crowded close to this shore, than anywhere else Icebones had seen on this small world. She heard an angry screeching. There was a bloody carcass on the ice—perhaps it was a seal, or even a bear cub. Petrels soared over it trailing arched wings, their tails fanned out to ward off rivals. Landing on the ice, they tucked their heads right inside the corpse, emerging with their heads and necks gleaming bright red, only their pale, angry eyes showing white.

The tall, elegant Cow would regale Icebones with unwelcome tales of her time with the Lost, when they had tied shining ribbons to her hair, or rode on her back, or had encouraged her to do tricks, picking up fruit and walking backward and bowing at their behest. This irritated Icebones immensely. "You are mammoth," she said sternly. "You are not a creature of the Lost. You should not boast of your foolish dancing. And you should not ignore your sister. You should watch out for her, as she watches out for you.

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