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At the Table of Wolves

(Dark Talents #1)

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  390 ratings  ·  97 reviews
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy meets X-Men in a classic British espionage story. A young woman must go undercover and use her superpowers to discover a secret Nazi plot and stop an invasion of England.

In 1936, there are paranormal abilities that have slowly seeped into the world, brought to the surface by the suffering of the Great War. The research to weaponize these abilities
Hardcover, 421 pages
Published July 11th 2017 by Gallery / Saga Press
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

At the Table of Wolves is the first book I’ve ever read by Kay Kenyon. It’s also the beginning of a new historical paranormal fantasy series set in the prelude to World War II, starring an extraordinary woman who uses her superpower to go undercover to spy for the British. Following the “bloom” in the aftermath of the Great War which resulted in the appearance of psychic talents in about one in a thousand people, Kim Tavis
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
In an alternate Europe where paranormal talents began to appear in the general population after the Great War, tensions are building between England and Germany again. The rise of the Nazis and their advanced research into the talents they have available have created opportunities for them that England is ill-prepared for.

Kim Tavistock has recently returned to England from work in America as a journalist. At the secret English talent research facility of Monkton Hall where she is a test subject
Elements of story: Good.... Movement of story speed: Molasses, painfully slow.... I think Book 2 would be a lot better, the build up to anything took FOREVER.... But the world is good. 3 stars for me.
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
There's nothing I enjoy reading more than novels that are:
Set in WWII
Involve supernatural powers
With fierce heroines

So when I realized At the Table of Wolves had all three, I immediately knew that this was the book for me.

Author Kay Kenyon introduces us to Kim Tavistock, an American woman who has the talent of spill, or the ability to make others confess their darkest secrets. She's in Britain working as a journalist, but is drawn into a case to expose a potential German spy. However, there ar
Kathleen Basi
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
(Note: I was offered an uncorrected galley proof of this book in advance of publication, for purposes of an honest review.)

Kay Kenyon's "At the Table Of Wolves" begins with a premise: the trauma of World War I released previously hidden talents among some people--talents which an ascendant Nazi Germany is keen to exploit for military purposes. Not exactly superpowers, but certainly beyond the ordinary.
Kenyon's protagonist is Kim, born British, raised in America, and now returning to her birthpla
Laura Koerber

The blurb compares this alternative history book to John Le Carre'. That's a mistake on the part of the marketers since the book is nowhere as good, and it is poor marketing to raise unrealistic expectations. I don't usually give poor recommendations, but I am giving one here to warn off readers.

It isn't a bad book. It just isn't very good and looks bad when compared to Le Carre'. Of course most spy novelists look bad when compared to Le Carre': he's state of the art. But some can
Lauren Meschler
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
For 400-some odd pages, the book flies by. Good pacing and plot development, but I'd like to see more character development, and a whole heap more explanation of the various Talents and the Bloom. Perhaps that will be the focus of the rest of the series? Regardless, an enjoyable spy read with a fantasy twist.
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
A solid start to a new series. I look forward to reading more, and am wondering if future books will follow the same characters or a different set.
J.A. Ironside
I think I must have been exactly in the target audience for this one because it just hit all the right beats for me. Set in an alternate pre WWII Britain, At the Table of Wolves follows young journalist, Kim Tavistock as she negotiates the shadowy world of British Intelligence. Yorkshire born, Philadelphia raised Kim, is still recovering from a personal loss which happened while she was a child during WWI. This has sharpened her sense of moral obligation and loyalty to her country, as well as he ...more
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sirens-2018
I really wanted to like this book, but it just wasn't lively enough for me.

The idea of spies using supernatural powers to fight covertly just before WWII is a great idea. The "bloom" apparently happened around the time of WWI, and some people began to manifest powers like "trauma view" or "cold cell" (the ability to manipulate weather to create storms). Kim, our protagonist, has "the spill". This means that people will involuntarily tell her secrets, sometimes without even realize how odd it is
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Mar 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book was pitched as a thriller involving Nazis, spies, and superpowers with the fate of the free world at stake – a very intriguing idea and promising plot. Instead, the most interesting character is killed off within the first quarter of the book, some key characters fail to just talk to each other under the guise of what turns out to be turgid spying activities and thus unnecessarily prolonging everything, and having a revelation about a character be so bleeding obvious one wonders if the ...more
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This book started off a bit slow but once it got going, it kept going. Now I must say that I have a preference for this style of a book. Pre WWII, alternate history, with paranormal elements and spy’s. They book had a couple spots, where things happened just a bit too coincidentally, but I did not mind in the least. Overall, a very fun and enjoyable read for me. I will be looking forward to the next book in this series.
Oct 23, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a fun and reasonably suspenseful read - an alternate/fantasy history version of a classic 1930s British mystery/thriller. The heroine, a woman in her early 30s, is a little too naive for belief, but not to throw-the-book-across-the-room levels, at least for me.
Dec 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting premise and I'm looking forward to checking out the sequel coming out in the next few months!
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
I didn't actually finish, it wasn't for me.
Feb 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, historical, 2018
Alright, I really enjoyed this, there was enough issues that I shouldn't, but over all, yes I am going to read the next book in series. This book essentially for me was the combination of Bletchley Circle and Daniel O'Malley's Rook series.
Patrick St-Denis
Feb 05, 2018 rated it liked it
As you know, I was a big fan of Kay Kenyon's The Entire and the Rose and I've always felt that she never got the credit she deserved for that science fiction series. In any event, I wasn't even aware that she had started writing a new project titled the Dark Talents. I never received a galley for the first volume, At the Table of Wolves, so I was surprised when the author emailed me to inquire if I'd be interested in an ARC of the second installment.

Kenyon quickly hooked me up with digital editi
Michael Godesky
Oct 25, 2017 rated it liked it
You had me at, "It's like Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy meets X-Men." Honestly, it's not a perfect book. No one's going to mistake it for Shakespeare, or even the best of the genre. But then I feel like nitpicking too much at the issues I had with it is somewhat missing the point. It's a fun enough read about an awesome mutant spy lady fighting Nazis. And we need more good stories about fighting Nazis right now.
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This story was an interesting look at an alternate history of 1930s Europe. With a slight fantastical slant to things.

The characters were interesting, and the plot moved nicely. The "Talents" are the product of what's been called a "bloom" that occurred after the first World War. People can do extraordinary things, like precognition, and telekinesis. The underlying premise of the story is what would happen if these "talents" were weaponized.
Louise Marley
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating and imaginative novel of the run-up to the Second World War in Great Britain. Full of spy details and British color, the plot starts slowly (my favorite way) so the reader gets to know the characters and then rockets off with the highest of stakes for all concerned. Beautifully written and plotted. Highly recommended!
Jordan Dennis
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In brief: In an alternate 1930s Britain, Kim Tavistock has the spill, the ability to draw secrets out of people, which she’s anxious to hide. Then she’s asked to get close to a suspected spy to uncover a Nazi mole and suddenly she’s holding more secrets than she can safely handle. First in a series.

Thoughts: I didn’t go into this expecting a spy thriller, but I probably should have. (I’d heard “superpowers” and “World War II” and “fans of Agent Carter and Captain America” and imagined a full-on
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: history buffs, English history fans
You have heard the cliché "Never judge a book by its cover!". Thank goodness I did. I saw the cover at a recent writers conference. It had a couple of icons that I recognized - Big Ben in London, WWII aircraft and a woman dressed as a WWII spy. In the cover copy, I saw the word "paranormal" and almost put it down. I am not a fan of paranormal thrillers. I am so glad I let my original instincts carry the day. The book is more a pre-WWII spy thriller than anything else and a darn good one at that. ...more
Carolyn Fitzpatrick
Feb 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
This is the most annoying book that I ever read all the way through. Some aspects of the story are interesting - an alt 1936, an outbreak of psychic talents, a mysterious Nazi plot against English. But what could have been an enjoyable read was ruined for me by several issues.
1) The constant, constant gushing over England and its marvelous landscapes as symbolic of its marvelous culture and integrity. Especially in the first few chapters you can't get through a scene without someone suddenly bec
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The premise alone had me completely hooked: after World War I, strange “Talents” begin to appear in the population, a result of the psychic trauma. Some seem fairly innocuous, others more troubling. But in the 1930s, both England and Germany are trying to figure out how best to weaponize these talents for a coming war.

The heroine of this book has a talent—“the spill”—which prompts people to tell her their secrets. Useful in her career as a journalist, but difficult when trying
Jules Bertaut
May 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
I found this book pretty boring, and I finally gave up about 150 pages from the end and skipped to the last 30 pages.

The book has a pretty good premise: it’s set in the ’30s and trauma from the Great War unleased psi talents in the population. The Nazis have taken over in Germany and are maybe considering invading England. There are Nazi sympathizers at home. The plot seemed like it should be good: spying on Nazis! dastardly plans! psi talents!

And yet this book managed to be boring. I just did
Oct 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, read-in-17
The first third (or so) of this is fantastic, but the long middle section is dull and mostly unnecessary until a rather rushed climax partially redeems things. I liked Kim and didn't find her bumbling to be as frustrating as many other readers apparently did, but there are quite a few inconsistencies that I wish had been tidied up.

For example, the story takes place in a world like ours where an event called the bloom has awakened supernatural Talents in a small but significant percentage of the
Vinay Badri
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
I have been a WW2 buff for a long time and when you combine the settings of WW2 with something straight out of X-Men, you definitely have a winning hand as far as I am concerned. The Milkweed Triptych by Ian Tregillis was the last good one I had read in this genre. A fab series but also one was that remarkably gloomy and dire. In that regards, At the Table of Wolves brings back elements of yore infusing a grain of dash and gallantry to the proceedings and notably makes it a better book. Combined ...more
Dec 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I can't say this book didn't draw me in, since as I was getting to the end I missed my subway stop. But at the same time, I can't say it always worked for me. It takes place in an AU England where it's the even of WWII and something called "The Bloom" has happened--people have developed psychic abilities. The heroine has something called "The Spill" which makes people sometimes tell her secrets and she's recruited (and then volunteers without permission) to be a spy to stop an invasion by German ...more
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Kay Kenyon is a fantasy and science fiction author. Her latest works are The Dark Talents novels, a trilogy of psi-Talents, Nazi conspiracies, and espionage in 1936 Europe. ("Riveting." --Publishers Weekly) The trilogy begins with At the Table of Wolves.

Other fantasy novels include Queen of the Deep and A Thousand Perfect Things. Her science fiction has been shortlisted for the P.K. Dick, the

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