Women are disappearing off the streets of Vienna in 1684 and Captain Mathis Zieglar vows to find out why.
Defying orders to break off his investigation, he discovers they are being trafficked into the Muslim slave market. His only hope of ransoming them from a life of abuse is to find the treasure of the Raven King. The treasure is a secret code lodged inside an ancient text that will rock the Ottoman and Holy Roman Empires to their foundations.
The Darkness That Could Be Felt is a rich fictional novel set in two different eras - the 1400's and the mid 1600's. The protaganist, Mathis Ziegler, has survived the siege of Vienna but he has promised his family that he will help bring home all the women that were captured. He is also tasked to find an immense treasure to aid the sultan and aga. It is a political fire, but he must do it.
As a writer myself, I recognize good writing, and an excellent plot. The story flowed seamlessly and held my interest throughout. I could not help but admire the main character, Mathis. He is sympathetic, courageous, and highly likeable, and he is desperately in love with one of the women he is to rescue. The hunt for the Treasure of the Raven King, and the time travel back to the time of Vlad the Impaler, were utterly fascinating. It speaks to the immense creativity of the author and his ability to place ideas to paper in a believable and realistic manner. This novel will be appeal to several demographics - male and female and those who love historical fiction with a twist of mystery and thriller.
This is book two in a trilogy. The first book, Vienna's Last Jihad, but although I have read book one several years ago, I am certain that readers do not have to read the first book to enjoy this one.
I am not surprised at all the high ratings for this book. It is highly entertaining and enjoyable with plenty to keep me hooked to this fabulous tale. Highly recommended.
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