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Tarlach pulls no punches in writing about the gruesome life of an executioner, nor about the effects of the plague. She never stoops to sentimentality, and the redemption that Marcus finds is nothing that most readers would expect it to look like. It's rather like a stone finding redemption for having been an agent of death in someone's hands. Marcus is the product of a violent, superstitious culture who somehow manages, through suffering and the trust of one person, to become something different than his fate decreed.
This is a short, spare novel, written with great skill. I was spellbound from beginning to end.
Her Marcus knows nothing of normal life until the plague and his errant daughter force him into the light. Along the way he is helped by a capable young girl who has also been touched by death but who has grown stronger for it.
Tarlach has told her story well. She gives readers enough detail to feel the brutality and superstition of medieval Germany without getting pedantic or bogged down by it.
It's hard to put this book down.
I've gifted this book several times as well as reread it 3 times because it's so beautiful and powerful.