“I had read various blurbs about this first of (so far) three books and finally decided to give it a go. While it was entertaining, it really wasn't one of those books that made me want to drop other things I was doing to in order to get back to the story of Simon and Jacob.
The title is a bit misleading since Magdalena, the hangman's daughter, while a prominent character is neither the protagonist, the antagonist, nor really a central character. While her described beauty and flirtatious ways certainly made her a character you'd be interested in reading more of, she was absent from much of the book. I would have titled this "The Hangman" or "The Hangman's Apprentice," As it is Jacob and Simon who are central.
Apparently the author is a descendant of the Kuisl line (real hangmen.) f we assume that the historical references are researched, they add a good amount to the book overall.
Not sure if I'm going to give the next book in the series a go or not”