As with all of Oliver Potzschs' books this one is a sure fire winner! I own and have read all of his wonderful books and found this one absolutely riveting! His vivid descriptions of the 15th and 16th centuries transports me there. It is truly a magical read and I highly recommend it to all readers of historical novels. Living in Germany myself in the early 1970's I was blessed to have visited many of the villages and cities mentioned in this awesome book. I avidly studied many of the German legends and found the life of Dr. Johann Georg Faustus to be fascinating. I know that his true life is shrouded in mystery and scholars have some varied information. This book helped me to envision the man behind those legends. Expertly written and extremely informative. I pre-ordered the second book already and can't wait until it is available in my Kindle library.