Samie is a voracious reader who enjoys getting lost in the fantastical futures of the science fiction genre.
Nazis, Spies, and Superpowers . . .
Over the years, TV has become an interesting landscape full of new ideas. Gone are the days when the majority of the choices were reality TV, sitcoms, or talk shows. Now there’s this avalanche of dramas, genre stuff, and period pieces. And unfortunately, some good shows have died way too soon because there’s just too much good stuff out there.
One of those shows is Agent Carter, and I loved it. It picked up after the original Captain America film featuring Captain America’s girlfriend, who works as a secret agent after world war II. It was great. It was fun mixing grounded 1940s spy storytelling with fantastical elements. It was probably best Indiana Jones-like storytelling that was not literally Indiana Jones, and I miss it. Two seasons were not enough.
But I was not alone. I ran across a book series called Dark Talents. As I looked at the cover and read the synopsis, and it dawned on me it was greatly inspired by Agent Carter. So much so, in fact, that it looked like fan fiction. But because I will never get Agent Carter season three, I thought this might be the best I’ll get to fill in that hole in my heart. So here is my review of At the Table of Wolves by Kay Kenyon.
So what is it about? It starts in the 1930s when the bloom occurred. People started acquiring abilities. It follows Kim Traviscott. Kim returns to Great Britain after a stay in the U.S. to do some renovation work on her childhood home while doing some freelance journalism work. While there, she volunteers at a secret government site called Monkton Hall, where research on people with abilities takes place. She has a talent known as "the spill," which means she has the ability to make people tell the truth.
But a member of Monkton Hall asks her to do a favor. He suspects that the head of Monkton Hall is a German agent and is part of a bigger plan to invade Europe. With the rise of the Nazis, Kim decides to help. She goes undercover among Nazi sympathizers and then real Nazis and falls in over her head as she uncovers a conspiracy bigger than she ever expected.
This is a well-written little origin story for Kim. It’s a tense spy-versus-spy tale where it's hard to tell where who is good and who is bad. There’s one revelation in particular about one character that was an amazing twist. The mix of history and the fantastical was good as well. It was very fun. Also, the characters are likable and well developed.
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This is an origin story about how Kim gets into the spy business, and it takes a while to get going. It moves slow. And because she’s doing freelance spy working separate from the agency, she’s learning as she goes, and she’s a pretty bad spy. She makes a lot of mistakes at first before she finds her footing in the spy world. Also, not a lot happens, but most of the story involves very tense situations where she is undercover and the reader is not sure if she’s going to be caught or not. But it's not as exciting as one would hope as an overall story.
Overall, this is a fun, delightful little read, but it’s far from perfect because it does not live up to its full potential. Yet, by the end, Kim is officially a spy working for England, and this book serves a good set up for a series of far superior books. So, is it worth the read? I would say yes. But it's not a must-read. It has Nazis, superpowers, and spies. It’s just a fun book.
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