Necessary Evil: Milkweed #3
Tor, 2013 (2013)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
The Coldest War
as the conclusion to Ian Tregillis'
, which considered
both the Nazis and the English government employed different kinds of dark magic during and after World War II.
n Germany, Herr Doktor von Westarp experimented on orphans, powering their talents with batteries connected to their skulls.
subjects included gypsy twins Klaus and Gretel. Klaus moved through walls, while Gretel ruthlessly exploited her visions of all possible futures to manipulate events.
n England, Raybould Marsh worked as a Secret Intelligence Agent. Ray married the lovely Liv Turnbull in wartime and his atistocratic friend William became a warlock. Together, Ray and Will brought English warlocks into the fray - they bargained with demonic Eidolons for aid in wartime, but with terrible costs.
he Coldest War
approach to a very bitter conclusion ... the end of the world at the hands of the Eidolons, who '
are not bound by the laws of nature.
' As this episode concluded, an aged and embittered Ray was thrown back into the past just as Armageddon was unleashed.
, Ray is back in 1940 England, '
a refugee from the world's end
', planning to find Gretel and stop the future he had lived, while drawn to spend time with Liv and their baby daughter. Along the way he meets both Will and his younger self. And Gretel's plan unfolds.
s the younger Ray journeys to Berlin and back again, his elder protects his young family from what happened before. And he enlists Will to help eliminate the warlocks, getting the latter into very serious trouble. They succeed this time in hiding humanity from the Eidolons, though not without sacrifice. The
offers most unusual alternate histories, well researched and written, and very dark.
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