The Witch Who Came In From The Cold: The Complete Season 1
Welcome to Prague, 1970: ground zero in a Cold War of spies and sorcerers. The streets are a deadly chessboard on which the CIA and KGB make their moves, little dreaming that a deeper game is being played between the Consortium of Ice and the Acolytes of Flame, ancient organizations that seek to harness elemental magic.
Tanya Morozova is a KGB officer and the latest in a
Unfortunately I can't get my spoiler tag to work, but there is at least one other gay male character. And there is sexual/romantic tension between two female characters, but it doesn't appear to lead anywhere in season 1. Perhaps there will be further developments in season 2.(less)
But 'The Witch who Came in From the Cold' adds another layer. Not only are there two political sides in play, but there are two rival and opposing magical groups, known ...more
I may not be the biggest fan of spy fiction, but out of all the Serial Box series released so far, The Witch Who Came in From the Cold was probably the one that excited me the most. To know why, you just have to take one look at that dream team of an author line-up. There are even a couple on there who are on my auto-read list. I mean, that’s a lot of talent in one place, and of course, I was also curious to see how ...more
What a long way we've come.
So this is "Season One" of the first set of stories about CIA Agent Gabe Pritchard and friends, KGB Agent Tanya Morozova and friends, and bartender witch Jordan Rhemes and friends, released via the Serial Box app.
It seems ...more
Before I say anything else, I should note that The Witch Who Came in from the Cold is a Serial Box story. Serial Box is a fairly new company that releases “episodes” of serial stories that together make up a “season.” Basically, a written story told in a format more akin to weekly television. Each Serial Box story brings in multiple writers who work together to create the ...more
I never connected with any of the characters and ...more
The only downside was some repetition in each episode of the storyline.
I would like to thank NetGalley for this copy.
This series, which adds sorcery as another layer of complexity on top of the usual Cold War allegiances, should therefore have been a complete cluster**** but against all expectations, I found it a highly enjoyable ...more
I read it as a single unit, and I suspect if I'd been fed it in episodes I might have given up.
If this seems long and tedious, wait till you read a real John Le Carre or equivalent. I am taking this one's length and pace as a tribute to those.
Crossing a spy novel with magic is a great idea, although it can make for a tricky plot. And I'm not sure about some of the characters - Sasha and Dom ...more
There is nothing wrong or objectionable about this book. It just didn’t work for me. The plot was unspooling too slowly for ...more
Review originally posted here: http://thequeenofblades.blogspot.co.u...
Well, I'm not really sure where to start with this particular title. Spies and magic, what can I say? It was rather good. At least, it started out exceptionally good and then deteriorated slightly through the middle and didn't quite make up for it at the end. But still a good read.
For me, the best thing about this book was the whole 'spy thing'. I love a great spy drama and this was up there with the best. It's not ...more
I initially picked this up purely because of the title, having recently read the La Carre original. Witches, spys, cold war, could be a bit of silly fun, hey?
After flying through the first few parts however, I was well and truly on board with this rocking little urban fantasy x cold war spy romp.
1970s Geopolitics, warring ideologies, and ancient magical cults prepared to fight to the death, maybe a hint of sexual tension? Yes please. Plus gay characters, POC, badass women to boot...
My only real niggle was pacing again. The episodic nature of the original work is still not quite sitting right with me, and ...more
I am not enamored of the writing style which is fairly weak and hesitant. Overall, though, the ...more
I won a copy of this book during a Goodreads giveaway. I am under no obligation to leave a review or rating and do so voluntarily. So that others may also enjoy this book, I am paying it forward by donating it to my local library.
What would the world look like if there were two warring factions of sorcerers, the Flame and the Ice, each seeking to control it? Similar premises have been done to death in fiction, but this novel provides a unique twist. If there really were two such groups, it makes sense that they would both infiltrate various world intelligence agencies, without regard to patriotism or partisanship. This leads to a story in which CIA and KGB agents, deep in the midst of the Cold War, might also be ...more
The basic conceit is that in addition to the Cold War, there's a covert magical conflict going on between the Ice and the Flame. Agents from the Ice or Flame could be on either side of the Cold War, so a given person might find their allegiances conflicting if they are both an Ice agent and a Russian operative, for example.
Seems like a recipe ...more
The initial expectation was high - mixing Le Carre-esque cold war espionage with elemental magic seemed like simultaneously a novel yet obvious mix. Getting into it, however, was tough. The first stretch of the book is more heavily focused on the magic elements of the story rather than the spy aspect. Getting further in, it becomes clear its merely a case of introducing the reader to unfamiliar elements, ...more
“Two things this city was lousy with: spies and witches. And more than a few, like Tanya and Nadia, who qualified as both.”
I don’t know how to express how much I loved this volume. Set in Soviet Russia, CIA officer Gabe Pritchard and KGB agent Tanya Morozova lead the story. I don’t read many spy novels, let alone paranormal, fantasy ...more