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Into the Darkness (Darkness 1) Paperback – 3 Apr 2000

3.1 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
Book 1 of 6 in the Darkness Series

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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Earthlight; New edition edition (3 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671022822
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671022822
  • Package Dimensions: 17.2 x 11 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,196,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Alternative history SF is Harry Turtledove's speciality--he rewrote the US Civil War with added AK-47s in The Guns of the South (1992), and dropped alien invaders into World War Two in his "Worldwar" tetralogy (1994-6). Into the Darkness opens a fantasy sequence which more distantly echoes the multi-factioned complexity of WWII, as nation after nation plunges or is sucked into an escalating war. Energy sticks and magical "eggs" replace rifles and bombs; there are armoured columns of behemoths, dragon air forces, sea leviathans planting limpet-mine eggs. Names, geography and details are all new, but one nation excels in magical Blitzkrieg tactics and also persecutes the equivalent of the Jews ... foreshadowing worse horrors to come, since in this world human sacrifice is a potent source of magic and death camps could be highly practical. There's a Dunkirk-like flotilla of small boats, but it's used for attack rather than retreat. Theoretical sorcerers are on the edge of some fundamental breakthrough: an occult Manhattan Project looks likely to follow. Avoiding the genre's Good versus Evil simplicities, Turtledove's fantasy wars relentlessly reflect our real world's intractability and mess. Into the Darkness reads well once it's gathered momentum, but the excitements are tinged with considerable grimness. Sequels will follow. --David Langford --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Harry Turtledove is the Hugo-winning author of many science fiction and fantasy novels. His alternate-history novels include the bestselling The Guns of the South, How Few Remain, the Worldwar series, and Ruled Britannia. He lives with his wife and daughters in Los Angeles. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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