Tuesday, 17 July 2012

URBAN FANTASY REVIEW: Bitter Seeds - Ian Tregillis

Release Date: 19/07/12


The year is 1939. Raybould Marsh and other members of British Intelligence have gathered to watch a damaged reel of film in a darkened room. It appears to show German troops walking through walls, bursting into flames and hurling tanks into the air from afar.

If the British are to believe their eyes, a twisted Nazi scientist has been endowing German troops with unnatural, unstoppable powers. And Raybould will be forced to resort to dark methods to hold the impending invasion at bay.

But dealing with the occult exacts a price. And that price must be paid in blood.

Ian Tregillis' Bitter Seeds is a chilling masterpiece - a tale of a twentieth century like our own and also profoundly different.


If you’re after something where Cthulhu meets Science and heads for a battle to the finish then you really might want to try this title by Ian Tregillis where UK Sorcerer’s seek to defeat Nazi experimental super soldiers in a no holds barred battle to the finish novel. The blurb grabbed me straight away so I really couldn’t wait to start this debut so what did I get for my time.

What unfurls within was sadly a tale that really promised a lot and whilst it did deliver to a certain degree suffers sadly for a lack of pace. Trundling along at a sedate pace rather than the action packed title that I was expecting. Don’t get me wrong, when the action hits it is fast but the majority of the book feels more like a question of the morals behind what they’re doing rather than the nitty gritty of what I was expecting.

All in, for a debut it’s a solid enough title but without a change of pace, it’s a title that may fizzle in my opinion more than bang and for a debut author its something that will have to happen in the second book or else they may not have anywhere else to go.

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