Bitter Seeds by Ian TregillisFrom the Orbit Books website:

I’m very happy to announce that Orbit UK has acquired Bitter Seeds plus two further novels by the highly talented Ian Tregillis.

Bitter Seeds is an audacious fantasy retelling of the events of World War II – where Nazis create superhumans that can throw fire, see the future and turn invisible, whilst the British warlocks use dark magics to hold back the German invasion. I was totally wowed by the deliciously sinister atmosphere of this novel, with its endlessly imaginative plot twists and awesome superhero-like characters. Ian has a very bright future ahead of him and I’m so glad that we’ve been able to take him on in the UK.

I’ve not read Bitter Seeds, the first volumes of The Milkweed Triptych, though it comes very well recommended from several readers and bloggers whose opinions I trust. Why, then, haven’t I read it? Mostly due to this kerfuffle between Tregillis and his north american publisher, Tor Books. Perhaps it’s not fair to Tregillis to hold Tor’s decisions against his novel, but I couldn’t bring myself to devote time to a series that was being so mishandled by its publisher and editor. The issue’s been sorted out, thankfully, and now that the series is back on the track of a regular publishing schedule, I hope to read Bitter Seeds in the near future.

It’s great that UK readers will now also be able to get their hands on the series, though we have to hope that Orbit UK will handle Tregillis’ novels than Tor did.

  • Joe Sherry November 25, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Aidan: I loved Bitter Seeds and have been waiting for The Coldest War since, well, a while now. I’m glad to see that things are getting sorted out for Tregillis.