Summary

Someone is killing Britain's warlocks.
Twenty-two years after the Second World War, a precarious balance of power maintains the peace between Great Britain and the USSR. For decades, the warlocks have been all that stand between the British Empire and the Soviet Union - a vast domain stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the shores of the English Channel. But now each death is another blow to Britain's security.
Meanwhile, a brother and sister escape from a top-secret research facility deep behind the Iron Curtain. Once subjects of a twisted Nazi experiment to imbue ordinary humans with extraordinary abilities, then prisoners of war in the vast Soviet effort to reverse-engineer the Nazi technology, they head for England.
Because that's where former spy Raybould Marsh lives. And Gretel, the mad seer, has plans for him.
As Marsh is drawn back into the world of Milkweed, he discovers that Britain's darkest acts didn't end with the war. And as he strives to protect queen and country, he's forced to confront his own willingness to accept victory at any cost.
©2012 Ian Tregillis (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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"...engrossing....Tregillis ably mixes cold war paranoia with his mythology...." (Publishers Weekly)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Morgan Hughes on 23-12-12

A sequel that doesn't disappoint.

I had previously listened to 'Bitter Seeds' and although it took a while to grow on me, I was very excited to listen to this sequel. I really enjoyed it; the narration is actually better than bitter seeds, and I'm now on tenterhooks for the finale of the Milkweed story...

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1 out of 5 stars
By Mr on 06-03-12

A disaster due to the narrator

I have got to Chapter 2 of this audiobook and if there was any way of returning it to Audible for a refund or exchange I would do just that. The plot so far is set mainly in the UK during the 1960s (never the USA) and if read in a British voice it would be entertaining if at times a bit of a stretch of the imagination. Unfortunately this book is rendered surreal by the American narrator who tries his best to read the voices of the British characters in English, then slips back into American whilst reading the text.

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5 out of 5 stars
By aaron on 22-04-12

Phenomenal sequel

Surprising, unconventional, exciting, and the ending leaves you wanting the third book NOW. Superior book in every way to his debut novel Bitter Seeds.

Just read up that Ian Tregillis's had this manuscript finished since 2010, and the hard cover is only coming out in June of this year.

Really hope these editors can get it together over at TOR. Would hate to wait two more years for the third book.

Cheers to Audible for getting this months before the hardcover edition. Hope they can pull strings for the next one as well.

Great listen. Fascinating story.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Teri on 26-05-12

Extremely original and sets up the 3rd book well

This may be even better than the first book. With the Nazis out of the picture, and Britain's enemy now the Soviet Union, the focus shifts to activities in the UK instead of jumping back and forth between Germany and England. The Nazis were comic-book evil, and the soviets are largely unportrayed, so the Eidolans can successfully emerge as the main antagonist. Gretel remains a mystery, but gets some really good scenes, as does increasing sympathetic brother Klaus. While I'm not sure I completely follow the discussion of timelines, which twist and are twisted like Gretel's braids, I do like the ending and haven't a clue where the story will go in Book 3.

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