The Taster

The Taster

Large Print - 2018
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In early 1943, Magda Ritter's parents send her to relatives in Bavaria, hoping to keep her safe from the Allied bombs strafing Berlin. Young German women are expected to do their duty--working for the Reich or marrying to produce strong, healthy children. After an interview with the civil service, Magda is assigned to the Berghof, Hitler's mountain retreat. Only after weeks of training does she learn her assignment: she will be one of several young women tasting the Führer's food, offering herself in sacrifice to keep him from being poisoned. Perched high in the Bavarian Alps, the Berghof seems worlds away from the realities of battle. Though terrified at first, Magda gradually becomes used to her dangerous occupation--though she knows better than to voice her misgivings about the war. But her love for a conspirator within the SS, and her growing awareness of the Reich's atrocities, draw Magda into a plot that will test her wits and loyalty in a quest for safety, freedom, and ultimately, vengeance.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Kennebec Large Print,, 2018
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781432848446
Branch Call Number: LP ALE
Characteristics: 539 pages (large print) ; 22 cm

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Hayley_Simmons
May 03, 2018

The Taster was a great book. I have been reading quite a few Historical Fiction novels recently and it was interesting to read one written from the perspective of someone employed by Hitler. Magda Ritter is a taster for Hitler (a position i was unaware existed but did) which means she must taste his food and drink before it is served to him to make sure that it is not poisoned. Magda learns of what is happening under Hitler's leadership and ultimately conspires against him. There are emotional and difficult parts to read throughout the story as is for a lot of Historical Fiction taking place during WWII. V.S. Alexander is a wonderful writer and I look forward to reading his first novel, The Magdalen Girls.

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