From the dark and beautiful descriptions of 15th century Mainz, Germany, to the wild genius that was Gutenberg himself, every part of this debut novel was a revelation to me. The most startling part was the discovery of two fantastic characters who had played an important role in this famous and important achievement, the invention of the printing press. Johann Fust, a generous and visionary merchant, supported Gutenberg, not only with money but with the talents of his adopted son, Peter Schoeffer, a gifted scribe. Through Peter we see the conflict between the beauty of the old world and the possibilities of the new world. In reading Gutenberg’s Apprentice we discover not only a fascinating story but also a talented new writer.