The Castle of Kings
Oliver Pötzsch Anthea Bell
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An epic tale of murder, treachery, bravery, and love In 1524, in what is now Germany, hundreds of thousands of peasants revolted against the harsh treatment of their aristocratic overlords Agnes is the daughter of one of these overlords, but she is not a typical sixteenth century girl, refusing to wear dresses and spending time with her pet falcon than potential suitAn epic tale of murder, treachery, bravery, and love In 1524, in what is now Germany, hundreds of thousands of peasants revolted against the harsh treatment of their aristocratic overlords Agnes is the daughter of one of these overlords, but she is not a typical sixteenth century girl, refusing to wear dresses and spending time with her pet falcon than potential suitors There is only one suitor she is interested in Mathis, a childhood friend who she can never marry due to his low birth status But when a rogue knight attacks Agnes and Mathis shoots the knight to save her, the two are forced to go on the run together, into the midst of the raging Peasants War Over the next two years, as Agnes and Mathis travel the countryside, they are each captured by and escape from various factions of the war, participate in massive battles, make new friends both noble and peasant, and fall in love Meanwhile, Agnes s falcon finds a mysterious ring, and Agnes begins having strange, but seemingly meaningful dreams Dreams that lead the two lovers to revelations about their place in the world and in the emerging German states With The Castle of Kings, Oliver P tzsch has written a historical yarn that calls to mind Ken Follett s The Pillars of the Earth and Bernard Cornwell s Agincourt.
  • Title: The Castle of Kings
  • Author: Oliver Pötzsch Anthea Bell
  • ISBN: 9780544319516
  • Page: 302
  • Format: Hardcover

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Amanda Jan 16, 2019 - 11:41 AM
History certainly comes alive in Oliver Pötzsch's The Castle of Kings, but I'm afraid that's the only part in this story that does. While Pötzsch's knowledge and passion for castles and the stories they bore witness to are quite evident in this massive tome, there were some major elements that lacked such impassioned fire. The adventure? Splendid. The setting? Detailed. The twists and turns, however? Nauseating. The characters? Opaque. Emotionless. Frustrating. Conflicting in their personaliti [...]
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Steven Z. Jan 16, 2019 - 11:41 AM
In a July 20, 2016 interview with the New York Times, author Oliver Potzsch remarked that in his latest book, THE CASTLE OF KINGS his goal was to write a “German Ken Follett” type novel. The story is set in the Holy Roman Empire during the 16th century. At the time Germany was made up of a large number of principalities whose princes owed fealty to Charles V, the Holy Roman Emperor. The period described in the novel is in the midst of the 1524-1525 Peasant Wars between the German princes and [...]
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Liviu Jan 16, 2019 - 11:41 AM
I really loved this book though the writing (or translation) is occasionally flat (overall the book makes you turn pages to see what happens next), the story line fairly predictable at least after a while (including the final twist) and the way the main characters (Agnes and Mathis) escape quite a few sticky situations verging on jumping the shark by the n-th time, but Agnes, Mathis (and an assorted cast of memorable villains: a foreign assassin, a vicious and devious Count, a rebel who wants po [...]
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Nikki_Hill Jan 16, 2019 - 11:41 AM
Удачное у вас с Петчем получилось знакомство :) Все как я люблю:- своенравная героиня, которая плевала на правила, которые ей диктует общественное положение :)- высокий, широкоплечий кузнец Матиас ;) *неистово подмигиваю*- элемент детектива + щепотка магии :)- приключения- крест [...]
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Kate Jan 16, 2019 - 11:41 AM
I enjoyed The Hangman's Daughter, and I really liked this one as well. The description threw me off a bit (it's a long time before the two main characters go on the run), but I get why it gets compared to Ken Follet's Pillars of the Earth- both are epic and show the struggle of the peasants. The ending wasn't quite what I was expecting, and at least one character completely surprised me. It made for a good last read of 2016!
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Stephen Richter Jan 16, 2019 - 11:41 AM
I thought that if Kate Reading narrated the book, it must have merits, but it did not. Despite an interesting setting, Germany in the early 16th Century amongst peasant revolt and the rise of Lutheranism, the book just dragged in parts.
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Shawn Mooney Jan 16, 2019 - 11:41 AM
Abandoned less than 10% of the way in due to the laughably stock characters, hackneyed prose, and the complete absence of any nuance in the story. It read like a bad children's novel. Not a bad young adult novel, a bad children's novel.
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dluvsbooks Jan 16, 2019 - 11:41 AM
Potzsch paints picturesque landscapes, whether it's damp, dark castles, the stink of a medieval tannery, or whirlpool-plagued Rhine River rapids . . . Combine Princess Bride with Germanic history circa 1500, add a dash of Lord of the Rings, and there's a week of good fun." - Kirkus ReviewsAfter finally finishing this I came to the conclusion that this book was too long. I enjoyed it but didn't really love it. Maybe, because the book is in third person or maybe, because by the time I hit page 525 [...]
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Tara (Spinatale Reviews) Jan 16, 2019 - 11:41 AM
Before I started this book, I was incredibly excited to read another work by Oliver Potzsch. His Hangman’s Daughter series is one of my favorites and I really enjoyed the The Ludwig Conspiracy. His characterization is usually top-notch, his settings so beautifully described that you can imagine yourself there, and his plots defy woven, with surprises even for the most astute of readers. Unfortunately, after reading the first half of the book, I ended up skimming through the rest because the pl [...]
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Patrick Jan 16, 2019 - 11:41 AM
Schon als ich das Buch zum ersten Mal in der Hand hatte, war ich erstaunt, was es für ein Wälzer war: Fast 1000 Seiten zählt das Werk, also nicht gerade ein Leichtgewicht. Nicht verwunderlich vielleicht, bedenkt man, dass sich die Geschichte um nicht weniger als das Schicksal des Deutschen Reiches dreht, wie schon der Inhaltstext des Verlags verrät:1524. Die deutschen Lande werden von den Bauernkriegen zerrissen. Dem Adel droht der Verlust der Macht, dem Volk Hunger und Tod. In den Wirren di [...]
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Joyce Jan 16, 2019 - 11:41 AM
I've enjoyed Potzsch's mysteries, and since I'm always on the lookout for Germany-set historical fiction, I was looking forward to this. Unfortunately, I found it an uneasy blend of history and myth/folktale with a magical ring and quest and kings from olden times. That said this is a well-researched historical novel set during the Peasant War in 1524 and 1525 with some real historical figures and a strong sense of time and place with medieval life and customs and weaponry highlighted. The autho [...]
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Judy Chessin Jan 16, 2019 - 11:41 AM
This book has been compared to Ken Follett's castle/cathedral series. It has the same epic scope covering the Peasant wars against the German princes and land owners as well as the religious Reformation beginning at the time. However the characters were not nearly compelling as Follet's. I enjoyed the history and the castle and church lore. I loved the back history of Agnes' life. However, as a character I found her shallow (or was it merely the narrators artificially high voice in reading Agnes [...]
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Victoria Jan 16, 2019 - 11:41 AM
It’s been about five years since I read The Hangman's Daughter with our book club, and while it wasn’t one of my favorites, it really felt like the majority of my problems with the book were more a result of the translator than anything else. Potzsch’s latest historical novel, this standalone one, has a different translator and I am hoping that this makes it more enjoyable.And it’s engaging from the very beginning, offering a clear picture of the civil unrest in sixteenth century Germany [...]
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Dokusha Jan 16, 2019 - 11:41 AM
Ein junges Paar inmitten mittelalterlicher Hofintrigen würde das Buch in der heutigen Zeit spielen, wäre es wohl als Politthriller anzusehen. So aber ist das Dekor doch arg anders, und dadurch erhält die Geschichte eine ganz andere Atmosphäre.Über die historische Korrektheit der Hintergrundfakten der Geschichte, die im 16. Jahrhundert in der Pfalz angesiedelt ist, kann ich nicht wirklich urteilen, dazu kenne ich mich nicht gut genug aus. Aber jedenfalls ist sie gut erzählt und klingt rich [...]
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Roy Jan 16, 2019 - 11:41 AM
Reading this on and off for the last few weeks. Epic in scope however writing quite poor at times. Enjoyable read in parts however, very predictable plot and clichéd Could have been alot shorter which may have made it more accessible to some.
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Sharon Jan 16, 2019 - 11:41 AM
Having read the first two books of Potzsch's Hangman's Daughter series, I decided to give this one a try. Overall, I enjoyed this book. There were definitely some issues, such as uneven pacing, poor character development, and spotty translation. Potzsch has definitely got the cliffhanger chapter ending down, but unfortunately he intermingles it here with plodding scenes that go on too long and enough exposition to fill a textbook. The writing is crisp enough during action sequences, but tends to [...]
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Gloria Jan 16, 2019 - 11:41 AM
I'm not sure I can really write a review on this that can endorse this strongly. First, I listened to it over a few day that were personally stressful—a diversion basically. And something to help me sleep—which may be a questionable characteristic. If I could fall a sleep and have to rewind only sometimes, this might indicate the long-windedness of the tale, and from what I can see from the editions, the physical book is looooong. I had this on my to-read list based on some sort of Goodread [...]
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Kelly Furniss Jan 16, 2019 - 11:41 AM
I was mainly attracted to this book by the cover and the fact the blurb likened it to Pillars Of The Earth by Ken Follett which is my most favourite Historical Fiction book to date. I am new to this author, however I had heard he had quite a following due to his previous Hangman's Daughter series so I was keen to try him.Set in the Medieval period of 1500's in Germany, Agnes is a Daughter of one of the overlords and has always been a tomboy in her ways and slightly rebellious in doing the opposi [...]
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Stephen Jan 16, 2019 - 11:41 AM
I truly enjoy the author's love and knowledge of German history. His Hangman's Daughter series is one of my favourites and I always look forward to the translation of the next book in the series. His other works, while always enjoyable, can be somewhat inconsistent. The Castle of Kings is better than most of his non- Hangman's Daughter works. Rich in history and good adventure, my only complaints are that it dragged on a bit too long and some parts of the story seemed contrived. However, the plo [...]
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Jennie Jan 16, 2019 - 11:41 AM
I loved the other two books I'd read by Oliver Pötzsch, so I was really excited to pick this up - especially seeing it described as a German version of "Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follett. Sadly, this book is so disappointing I've spent the past 3 months trying and failing to want to finish it. I'm not sure if it's the actual writing or the translation, but the prose is just flat as a pancake, as are the characters. I don't really care about any of them. And the plot is just somehow both too [...]
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Elizabeth Jan 16, 2019 - 11:41 AM
If this is an adventure novel, it does a good job of continually dishing up danger, escape, wars, fighting, etc, but the writing style (or translation) was cringe-worthy too often. Bodice-ripping is a male fantasy, I guess, as the author used it at least twice, along with rapes and attempted rapes, that just did not sit well with me. The story was long and complicated and some of this trite material could simply have been left out. The heroine was alternately bold and simpering. The hero, unbeli [...]
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Gail Barrington Jan 16, 2019 - 11:41 AM
A hefty saga that follows the life of a young girl in 15th century Germany. Many adventures are had by her and her trusty falcon, weapon smith boyfriend, and mysterious minstrel companion as they try to solve her family mystery and hidden royal heritage. The author is pleasingly unsentimental and so the various mishaps they endure are believable and to some extent based on historical fact. Still, the heroine is a bit of a frail and remains a sketch rather than a full-blooded character. Good for [...]
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Jessica Schlott Jan 16, 2019 - 11:41 AM
Finishing this book has left me with a feeling of serenity and peace, since the ending was perfect for a novel that is historical fiction. The main characters are likable, since they have their flaws, but not to the point that it is annoying, instead you end up cheering them on their journey and upset when things don't go their way. After reading this novel, I plan to check out Oliver Pötzsch other novels. For some this may seem like a lengthy novel, however, time flew by as I read and I really [...]
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Randy Jan 16, 2019 - 11:41 AM
I have read a few, but not many books about the late medieval times, but none set in what is now Germany. This book is set near Annweiler and Trifels castle. It is a thrilling story about the power of the aristocracy, the struggles of the peasants, tradesman, and the clash that took place during the peasant wars of 1524 and 1525. There is also the quest for a holy relic and the 'rightful' emperor of Germany.
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Steve C. duPont Jan 16, 2019 - 11:41 AM
Save your time. Really, a rather pedestrian novel. There was little depth to the story. Insights the characters have are very shallow Juvenile in story depth. Changes in the storyline are simplistic and very poorly developed. When something is needed to move the story along, it just appears without development or depth. Really surprising to see that this author has other books - I'm surprised, after this one, that anyone would have interest in another. I don't.
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Susan Ovans Jan 16, 2019 - 11:41 AM
This guy must be a writing machine. His output is prodigious. This novel runs more than 600 pages, and although the tale and the characters are interesting, it does seem too evocative of The Poisoned Pilgrim from the Hangman Daughter's series. But that may well be because, by chance, I read the two successively.
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Libby Chennell Jan 16, 2019 - 11:41 AM
Listened to the audiobook and either fell asleep during parts or am confused by some plot lines that don’t seem quite resolved. Some of the plot seemed a little unnecessary and formulaic- insert struggle with generic bad guy, more struggle, hero escapes, story continues- but I kept listening through to the end, so decently entertaining.
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Candy Jan 16, 2019 - 11:41 AM
Way too many stories going on at one time, too many mysterious characters leaving you wonder who's important and worth remembering and who's not. I'm listening to this on audio and usually that will help with a flat, drawn out novel, but not this time. I'm done, moving on. Definitely, NOT Ken Follett like at all.
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Kris Laabs Malmberg Jan 16, 2019 - 11:41 AM
4.5 but I rounded up. I loved this book! I enjoyed the history and the story of Agnes and Mathis. I did question the mistrial and why was he so involved thinking there was something not right. Was hoping for a more spectacular ending but okay with what happened. Will look to read this author again.
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Michael Havens Jan 16, 2019 - 11:41 AM
A very good historical fantasy set just before the Thirty Years War. With a minimal magical trope, this is about real human beings in turmoil. From what I've seen also, much of the real history is accurate and without much embellishment, unlike works like those of Dan Brown. I look forward to seeing other transklated works by this German writer.
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The Castle of Kings By Oliver Pötzsch Anthea Bell An epic tale of murder, treachery, bravery, and love In 1524, in what is now Germany, hundreds of thousands of peasants revolted against the harsh treatment of their aristocratic overlords Agnes is the daughter of one of these overlords, but she is not a typical sixteenth century girl, refusing to wear dresses and spending time with her pet falcon than potential suitAn epic tale of murder, treachery, bravery, and love In 1524, in what is now Germany, hundreds of thousands of peasants revolted against the harsh treatment of their aristocratic overlords Agnes is the daughter of one of these overlords, but she is not a typical sixteenth century girl, refusing to wear dresses and spending time with her pet falcon than potential suitors There is only one suitor she is interested in Mathis, a childhood friend who she can never marry due to his low birth status But when a rogue knight attacks Agnes and Mathis shoots the knight to save her, the two are forced to go on the run together, into the midst of the raging Peasants War Over the next two years, as Agnes and Mathis travel the countryside, they are each captured by and escape from various factions of the war, participate in massive battles, make new friends both noble and peasant, and fall in love Meanwhile, Agnes s falcon finds a mysterious ring, and Agnes begins having strange, but seemingly meaningful dreams Dreams that lead the two lovers to revelations about their place in the world and in the emerging German states With The Castle of Kings, Oliver P tzsch has written a historical yarn that calls to mind Ken Follett s The Pillars of the Earth and Bernard Cornwell s Agincourt.

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