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Bitter Seeds

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  • Posted June 6, 2012

    Bitter Seeds is a great novel. I was pulled in right away by the

    Bitter Seeds is a great novel. I was pulled in right away by the beautiful prose and the compelling storyline. I couldn’t put it down and read it in three days, wishing I had the time to read it in one. It’s an alternate history set during World War II with fascinating characters and gripping action.

    This book has received a lot of attention by major writers and reviewers, and deservedly so. There are many positive reviews online and I agree that this is an exceptional book. I was so impressed with the way Tregillis unfolded the plot, and revealed the characters, of which there are three whose point of view we get to see.

    Raybould Marsh is a British spy right in the middle of things; William is a British nobleman who was secretly taught to be a warlock by his slightly insane father; and Klaus is one of the German’s “supermen” with wraith like abilities. All three add a lot to the novel, and there are quite a few other secondary characters that are quite fascinating as well.

    The most interesting other character is the sister of Klaus, Gretel, who has also been mutated via diabolical processes and now she can predict the future, and warp it to her will. She’s the most powerful of all of the Nazi “supermen,” and is on the cover of both the mass market and hard cover editions for good reason. I wish Tregillis would have let us into her mind, but that would be too telling I’m sure, as she knows what’s going to happen and would ruin the mystery of what is to come.

    Every chapter was finely crafted, and the big time span gaps between some chapters really added to the coolness of the story. All the chapters have a date on them: month, day and year, which helped a lot. Anyway, this is not a large book, and only spans about 350 pages, but so much was accomplished. It was so impressive how little Tregillis told about what was happening in the actual wider war, but still incorporated a huge story in between the pages, as he focused on the three main characters and their experiences as wider events played around them. They are a huge part of those larger events, but this is not the alternate history of World War II in detail. There are lots of hints, but Tregillis doesn’t go into detail much at all. I would have liked more about how certain battles were going and such, but those issues weren’t the point of the book.

    Some of the wider war was actually shown in incredibly written interludes from the point of view of flocks of ravens and crows that feast on the dead after major battles. The interludes from the birds point of view were so awesome. Tregillis has a flare for brilliant description, and his ability to be brief, and yet powerful, is amazing.

    Bitter Seeds is a little bit X-Men, a little bit James Bond, with a core of brilliant darkness that pulls you in page after page.

    Highly recommended.

    Paul Genesse
    Author of the Iron Dragon Series

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2012

    A dark masterpiece! Ian Tregillis successfully fuses slam bang W

    A dark masterpiece! Ian Tregillis successfully fuses slam bang World War II action, breathtaking international espionage, bizarre magic and genuinely evil super human nazis into a taut, exciting thriller.
    We get an in depth look at the reasons why good men do evil things for a greater good and the consequences of such actions. I thought the two main characters were interesting and believable. And the nazi super humans were as evil as you would expect, but Gretl was something else, scheming, mysterious and utterly depraved. If you're looking for something new in the world of super humans, this is the book for you. I can't wait for the next volume in this trilogy!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2012

    Gripping story with plenty of interesting characters and action.

    Gripping story with plenty of interesting characters and action. One of the best parts is that the "super humans" and warlocks have limitations and the use of their powers is very costly. I can't wait to read the sequels.

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    Posted July 8, 2012

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    The tall buff fully grown dark red blind tom. He began sorting herbs.

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    Posted July 8, 2012

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    Posted July 1, 2012

    Autumnleaf

    -picked up the feather and looked around- hello..?

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  • Posted June 26, 2012

    The prose is lovely; the plot is tense, well-crafted, and page-t

    The prose is lovely; the plot is tense, well-crafted, and page-turning; and I loved to spend time with every character. I sped through this book, hardly able to put it down. The World War II setting feels thoroughly researched and vibrant. The ending was satisfying in its own right, though the authorleft enough balls in the air that I'm eagerly anticipating the sequel.

    Oh, and what a joy to read a book written by a physicist. Hurray for conservation of momentum!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    Seedstar to wildspirit and dullnight and beaverpaw

    Wildspirit: talk to me in my den (result 2) dullnight: i saw ur post on result 1. It means that once u find happiness it will alwys b with u no matter where u go. Beaverpaw: once ur done with training bring tht to the fresh kill pile, kk(result 8)

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    Posted July 1, 2012

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    *follws the ent trail anyway

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2011

    Awea Awesome but short

    GREAT read, dark story. Wish the book was longer. A good sign for picking up the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2011

    Great read

    Interesting premise. Disappointed in delays on second novel, but it's not the author's fault.

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