Tregillis breathes life into human, supernatural and superhuman beings in this second in his Milkweed Triptych. The characters come alive via his imaginative dialogue and his storyline will keep readers spellbound and on the edge of their seats with an intense sci-fi/alternate history thriller plot. The novels are best read in order for maximum understanding and enjoyment.

It’s 1963, the Cold War is raging and British warlocks are being eliminated one by one. With the aid of the secret inhuman Eidolons, the warlocks maintain the fragile peace between Britain and the USSR. The Brits suspect that USSR is behind the deaths, but how to prove it? From deep inside a secret USSR lab, a brother and sister who were formerly Nazi experimental subjects defect to England. They offer information, but only to Milkweed agent Raybould Marsh. Marsh has no choice but to come out of retirement to face these two former foes and use them in a secret war to protect queen and country. But the cost may be too high as we learn that prices paid in the past have formed the present and will flow into the future. (TOR, Jul., 352 pp., $25.99)

Reviewed by: 
Debbie Haupt