A Long, Cold Winter (The Witch Who Came in from the Cold, Season 1 - Episode 1)
Cloak-and-dagger intrigue is served up with a magical twist in the riveting new episodic online serial created by Max Gladstone and Lindsay Smith.
Welcome to Prague, 1970: ground zero in a Cold War of spies and sorcerers.
The streets are a deadly chessboard on which the CIA and KGB make their moves, little dreaming that a deeper game is being played between the Consortium of Ice and the Acolytes of Flame, ancient organizations that seek to harness elemental magic. When Andula, a young Czech student, is stalked by an inhuman hunter, KGB agent and Ice operative Tanya Morozova must risk all to protect her, while CIA agent Gabe Pritchard learns that some horrors, once seen, can never be forgotten. This episode is brought to you by lead creatives Max Gladstone and Lindsay Smith, who advise readers to fasten their seatbelts and get ready for one hell of a ride
"The Witch Who Came in from the Cold is a chilly evocation of a different kind of Cold War" –Charles Stross, author of the Laundry Files series
"The diabolical secret weapon of serialized storytelling is that each bit just whets your appetite for more. When can I have the next one?" –Marie Brennan, author of A Natural History of Dragons and the Memoirs of Lady Trent
“Take a double shot of Le Carré, a dash of Deighton, a twist of Quiller, a splash of Al Stewart’s “The Year of the Cat,” throw in a jigger full of elemental magic, mix well ... and voilà! The Witch Who Came In From The Cold.” –Victor Milán, author of The Dinosaur Lords
Location: Prague. Time: 1970. Two things this city was lousy with: spies and witches. “As soon as I saw that, I was instantly hooked, and the pilot jacked the intrigue to the max. Two female Soviet spy witches, an American spy with something weird drilling magical holes in his head, and a world of secrets within secrets in a locale where old-world myth and the Cold War face off, pedal to the metal . . . it’s awesome. Or as we said in 1970, Far out.” –Sherwood Smith, author Crown Duel