It's Ola here and I just heard about this wicked cool thing that at least I've never heard of before. It's like a weekly podcast or tv show, but in book form. Isn't that cool? This one specifically is The Witch Who Came in From The Cold, a fantasy-espionage thriller from Serial Box. It sounds absolutely amazing, and is available in text and audio. It's also a collaborative effort between multiple authors like Lindsay Smith, Max Gladstone, Cassandra Rose Clarke, Ian Tregillis, Michael Swanwick, and Fran Wilde. Cool, right?
Gabe Pritchard, grizzled CIA agent and proud American never believed in sorcery - until he walked into the wrong room in Cairo and ended up with a powerful magical Elemental living inside his head. Tanya Morozova, latest in a long line of Ice Witches, knew loyalty to the Consortium before she ever took up the KGB badge. Now they’re both stationed to Prague, a city built on powerful ley lines and thrumming with both political and magical tension.
In Season One, a CIA extraction of a Soviet scientist ended in chaos when one of the American operatives betrayed the U.S. in order to deliver the magically-powerful scientist to the Flame. Tanya and Gabe worked together to foil the plot - but trust is hard to come by amongst spies and suspicion lingers throughout their agencies, both magical and national.
In Season Two, Tanya and Gabe must deal with the fallout of their actions from Season One as each plays their own dangerous game to try to learn the secrets of the Flame without getting burned. Meanwhile a powerful sorcerer arrives in Prague to lead a ritual that could turn the tides of war...
Does that not sound super cool? When was the last time you heard about witches during the Cold War? If you're interested in checking it out:
Look out in the next few weeks for a review on the first few instalments!
Optimistically yours, Ola <3