Necessary Evil. Book Review

necessary_evilNECESSARY EVIL by Ian Tregillis

Orbit Books, p/b, 496pp, £8.99

Reviewed by Matthew Johns

The third and final of Tregillis’ Milkweed Triptych sees Raybould Marsh sent back in time to 1940 by his friend the warlock, Lord William Beauclerk.  His mission is to undo his and his colleagues work when they created Milkweed, and prevent the end of the world at the hands of the deadly Eidolons, source of the warlocks’ power.

This book gives a much greater insight into the German wielders of the Gotterelektron, how they were created, and who they really were – Klaus, the ghost who walks through walls, Gretel, the clairvoyant, Reinhardt the salamander, Kammler the telekinetic and Heike the invisible girl, amongst others.

The time-travelling Marsh has to find a way to interact with his younger self and colleagues, without appearing to be a German spy.  At times, this feels a bit like Back to the Future, just without a Delorean, as Marsh tries to manipulate those around him without being caught out.

The historic backdrop of World War Two is intricately detailed, and captures the British wartime spirit well.  A suitably epic end to the magnificent Milkweed Triptych (aka trilogy!), this draws you in and keeps you glued to the page until the very end.