Title:
Bitter Seeds (The Milkweed Triptych, #1)
By:
Ian Tregillis
Pages:
352
Rating:
4

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It’s 1939. The Nazis have supermen, the British have demons, and one perfectly normal man gets caught in between

Raybould Marsh is a British secret agent in the early days of the Second World War, haunted by something strange he saw on a mission during the Spanish Civil War: a German woman with wires going into her head who looked at him as if she knew him.

When the Nazis start running missions with people who have unnatural abilities–a woman who can turn invisible, a man who can walk through walls, and the woman Marsh saw in Spain who can use her knowledge of the future to twist the present–Marsh is the man who has to face them. He rallies the secret warlocks of Britain to hold the impending invasion at bay. But magic always exacts a price. Eventually, the sacrifice necessary to defeat the enemy will be as terrible as outright loss would be.

Alan Furst meets Alan Moore in the opening of an epic of supernatural alternate history, the tale of a twentieth century like ours and also profoundly different.

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Bitter Seeds (The Milkweed Triptych, #1) book cover

This was a gripping, atmospheric work which really got the milieu of Britain on a war footing down very well. From shelters and pubs to the corridors of power, it was all drawn in a tight, slightly grim fashion which really added to the atmosphere.

As for the magic and the special people, they were in but not played up; credulity stretches but not so far that it snaps. I wished the book was bigger, but will just have to read the rest!

Published by Sean Randall

I am an avid reader, technologist and disability advocate living in the middle of England with my wife, daughter and pets.

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