In Book of the Night by author Oliver Pötzsch, we meet young Lukas Lohenfels as he is celebrating his thirteenth birthday…before everything changes. His family is ripped apart and Lukas finds himself alone in the wilderness running for his life. His journey leads him to a lost family member and the man responsible for all of his troubles. When they meet, Lukas is no longer a young child playing with swords, he has become a man fighting with swords though not much time has passed for the young man. His life has forced him to mature.
I have enjoyed all of the novels by Oliver Pötzsch. They have been set in a darker, more violent part of man’s history. He always gives some voice to the common folk who are widely and negatively affected by the wars that rage. Great battles and great wars do innumerable damage to a great many common citizens who are abused by both sides. This has been another novel that I have enjoyed and he does seem to set the stage for a series of sequels. The novel had the subtitle of “The Black Musketeer”, but I felt that part of the story just a sidebar to the main story though it was an interesting, darker look into the Hollywood version of that group.