RT loves Kate Elliott's newest release, Cold Magic. This unusual science fiction read has RT Senior Reviewer Natalie Luhrs raving,"Of all the alternate history fantasies published in the last few years, this one may just be this reviewer's favorite." Now hear from Elliott about why she wrote an alternate history novel and what makes her story so different.
You may wonder why I wrote an alternate history fantasy when I don’t really read alternate history very much. I wondered, too.
When I think of the phrase “alternate history” I tend to think of novels about “what if,” usually on the theme “what if the Nazis had won World War II” or “what if the South had won the Civil War.” These are not stories that I’m particularly interested in reading. They tend to focus on a pivotal point in history when, say, a battle was lost instead of won or some future Great Man looked the wrong way when crossing the street and got hit by a car, and then the story unfolds from there to see how history would have been different.