When the child is born in 1171, the circumstances are unconstitutional, and it is doomed to die. But a stranger breathes the baby in the dark hut midwives life and his soul and vanishes, never to return. Shortly after entering Walther von Ascisberg Kate – too late to be nailed down to the unknown with his dark arts. The infant it snap in to suffocate him – but remembers, ventilated him and gives him for the second time life. Therefore liable to the little boy from the beginning mystical trains at: Is the twice “born again” on “Undead”? it is consistent with the secret powers of the bunch?
Walther takes the little boy with his brother in arms Prince Sigimund [sic] of Laurin.
The wife of the blacksmith is to feed the baby, and if it survives the winter, it is with Konrad, are brought up to the heir. Here, the “bastard” rare privileges are given: He receives instruction together with Konrad, as if he were his own brother.
Isenhart learns quickly and eagerly read and write, Latin, mathematics and combat art. Inquisitive and critical, he often questioned what Father Jerome introduces him; due to its own observations and reflections he is sometimes very different, einleuchtenderen explanations as for natural phenomena. But Father Jerome threatened him with beatings if he contests the traditional ruler or even God’s creativity.
Over time, younger sister Anna grows between Isenhart and Konrad’s a tender love affair, but they live only in secret can. Because of the registry difference a marriage is of course inconceivable and Anna is already promised an old castle lord.
This relationship conflict ends tragically when Isenhart Anna cruelly murdered on the forest floor is lying – the offender has ripped out her heart. the captors quickly take the dealer Alexander of West home; is convicted and executed, though he protested his innocence and accused the abbot of the monastery of Mullen well indeed.
years later, a young, pure girl is found murdered again, also with herausgerissenem heart. Since Isenhart is clear that killed innocent of Westheim and apparently a serial killer is on the loose. What that might be kind of person? To desire is not about him, because he has not gone to the virgins. Why is he interested only in the hearts of the dead?
Miscellaneous clues and suspicions following, Isenhart sets out with Conrad on the way. When Walther von Ascisberg he learns something about his background, about a relationship his father to take a maid for the first time. His father they had last seen in Toledo; by horrific events he should have renounced God and surrounded by an Arab Medicus. Was he in Jerusalem? Isenhart is determined to find his father; simultaneously he follows the trail of the perpetrator, the victim still further without heart leaves …
The creepy anatomical basement laboratory of a castle is Isenhart accurate records of the nature of the human body, and he understands that the killer is obviously guided by scientific thirst for knowledge. What Isenhart fascinated, almost leads to a new evaluation of the actions, shocked Konrad which respects the precepts of the Church without restrictions.
Holger Karsten Schmidt takes the reader into the world of the Middle Ages. Everyday life is not just for ordinary people a hard struggle for survival, but also for the nobles and their followers. The relentless nature, disease, human cruelty, power struggles and the Crusades bring endless suffering, cost countless lives. All this portrays the author expertly and vividly. But he’s doing more. The novel demonstrates, where conflicts which his mind to use the end of the Middle Ages individual in a closed and strictly hierarchical world view themselves had to find a way. The view put the thinking person even then certain conclusions: that trees shed their leaves, is a protective function; when we observe exactly how birds fly, we humans might be able to fly one day; if we want to know about our bodies, we need to examine him. But in a society that depends solely on what prescribe the church and the rulers and allow this kind thoughts and methods of knowledge acquisition are heretical and forbidden. his travels is Isenhart increasingly drawn into such conflicts in the course. It grows on them and develops, educated, driven and led to a fighter for a more enlightened view of the world (for its time, of course, far from being mature).
So clearly I do not become that really want to use the genre of author priority. His novel is a murder mystery, because with strict logic murders are solved. Plenty of room to take a medicine, philosophy and progressive thought. In addition, however, the author plays with fantasy motifs (undead, undead, chill moods; double the revival of the infant, mystical exaggerated by the “Exhale the soul”; the peculiar changes of the Abbot of Mullen well, which we find in Toledo, etc.) that made me afraid sometimes, the thing could topple into the irrational. But these voices remain ultimately in the superstitious, the uneducated, the Mystifizierern while the novel’s plot is essentially credible and convincing for us modern people. Nevertheless, the author of a number of secondary lines, could omit constant repetition and similar side filler without damage.
The bottom line is a good book!