Friday, 19 April 2013

HISTORICAL URBAN FANTASY: Milkweed Triptych 3: Necessary Evil - Ian Tregillis

Release Date: 30/04/13
Publisher:  Orbit


The history of the Twentieth Century has been shaped by a secret conflict between technology and magic. When a twisted Nazi scientist devised a way to imbue ordinary humans with supernatural abilities - to walk through walls, throw fire and see the future - his work became the prized possession of first the Third Reich, then the Soviet Army. Only Britain's warlocks, and the dark magics they yield, have successfully countered the threat posed by these superhuman armies. But for decades, this conflict has been manipulated by Gretel, the mad seer. And now her long plan has come to fruition. And with it, a danger vastly greater than anything the world has known. Now British Intelligence officer Raybould Marsh must make a last-ditch effort to change the course of history - if his nation, and those he loves, are to survive.


To be honest this is a series that I’ve not been a huge fan of, not because I’ve disliked the concept but purely because I really can’t get on with the principle characters as I don’t feel that I have an emotional link to them to care about their fates. Its tricky to read a book when this happens and when it’s the same problem time and again throughout its something that really does leave you thinking that this author is not going to be for you.

That said, the story ideas are clever and the way that the author works on the pace does take it along at a reasonable rate so much so that there will be quite a few prepared to forgive the character defects to see what unfurls. Unfortunately I’m not one of them so whilst I will try the first book in a new series from this author it will be the last chance that Ian gets in my TBR pile.

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