|Ludwig II by Gabriel Schachinger|
As Steven and Sara travel throughout Bavaria exploring Ludwig’s marvelous castles, they are chased by both the police and the members of an Arthurian-obsessed cult. In the meantime, Steven is brought closer not only to the secrets of the king but to the secrets of his own family history. Amid the suspenseful, lively and humorous narrative, the author offers a poignant depiction of the Dream King, shedding a great deal of light into the magical world of his creation. Ludwig’s attempt to withdraw from modernity into the romantic past led to his destruction but greatly benefitted his people in the long run. For anyone who has traveled in Bavaria, the novel will help you to mentally return there, so vivid are the descriptions. For those planning to visit Ludwig’s castles someday, The Ludwig Conspiracy is an excellent guide, as well as a gripping story.
This review originally appeared in the November 2013 edition of the Historical Novels Review.
(*NOTE: This book was sent to me by the Historical Novel Society in exchange for my honest opinion.)