The Iron Codex (Paperback)
A Dark Arts Novel
Tor Books, 9780765383211, 384pp.
Publication Date: January 15, 2019
New York Times bestselling author David Mack's Dark Arts series continues as the wizards of World War II become the sorcerers of the Cold War in this globe-spanning spy-thriller sequel to The Midnight Front.
Dragon Award Finalist—Best Alternate History
Den of Geek—Best New Fantasy Books for Februaray 2019
1954: Cade Martin, hero of the Midnight Front during the war, has been going rogue without warning or explanation, and his mysterious absences are making his MI-6 handlers suspicious. In the United States, Briet Segfrunsdóttir serves as the master karcist of the Pentagon’s top-secret magickal warfare program. And in South America, Anja Kernova hunts fugitive Nazi sorcerers with the help of a powerful magickal tome known as the Iron Codex.
In an ever-more dangerous world, a chance encounter sparks an international race to find Anja and steal the Iron Codex. The Vatican, Russians, Jewish Kabbalists, and shadowy players working all angles covet the Codex for the power it promises whoever wields it.
As the dominoes start to fall, and one betrayal follows another, Anja goes on the run, hunted by friend and foe alike. The showdown brings our heroes to Bikini Atoll in March 1954: the Castle Bravo nuclear test.
But unknown to all of them, a secret magick cabal schemes to turn America and its western allies toward fascism—even if it takes decades...
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Praise For The Iron Codex: A Dark Arts Novel…
For The Iron Codex:
“Bottom line, The Dark Arts is turning out to be a blast of a series and I can’t wait to read the next installment, The Shadow Commission.”—SFF World
For The Midnight Front:
“Action-packed... Emotionally and intellectually engaging, as well as viscerally satisfying." —RT Book Reviews
“This novel is in equipoise—the horrific and evil balanced expertly by humor and good. … The Midnight Front is as close to a perfect novel that I've had the pleasure to read in a long time. Mack leaves no cliffhangers and beautifully sets up the next novel in the series. I can't recommend The Midnight Front enough.”—The Qwillery
"A rollicking, high-stakes adventure with action tailor-made for the movies.” —Brian Staveley, author of The Emperor’s Blades
“Smart and surprising—fun and fascinating speculation grounded in familiar history, a rich and textured variation on the magical arts, and complex characters struggling to fight the good fight. I loved it." —Kirsten Beyer, New York Times Bestselling author of Children of the Storm
“Propulsive...Equal parts brimstone and gunpowder.” —Kirkus Reviews
"Mack is a skilled storyteller with a gift for vivid and visceral action." —Publishers Weekly
“The Dark Arts series hits the ground running. Exciting and smart, David Mack's secret history of World War II and the occult heroes and villains that fought it will keep you up well past midnight.” —R. S. Belcher, author of The Six-Gun Tarot
“An epic thrill ride, taking us deep into a compelling, hypnotic vision of history as it might have been. Powerful, fast paced, and engaging.” —Ilana C. Myer, author of Last Song Before Night
"An exciting, secret struggle of occult powers and military action. Can't wait for the next one!" —Richard Baker, author of Valiant Dust