By Harry Turtledove
From Harry Turtledove, the grasp of trade background, comes After the Downfall, a unique of magic, epic war, and determined offerings. 1945: Russian troops have entered Berlin, and are engaged in a violent orgy of theft, rape, and revenge. Wehrmacht officer Hasso Pemsel, a occupation soldier at the wasting finish of the best battle in historical past, flees from a sniper's bullet, discovering himself hurled right into a mysterious, superb global of wizards, dragons, and unicorns. There he allies himself with the blond-haired, blue-eyed Lenelli, and Velona, their goddess in human shape, supplying them his wisdom of war and weaponry of their genocidal fight opposed to a race of diminutive, swarthy barbarians referred to as Grenye. yet quickly, the savagery of the Lenelli starts off to devour at Hasso Pemsel's soul, inflicting him to question every little thing he has lengthy believed approximately race and Reich, correct and incorrect, Ubermenschen and Untermenschen. Hasso Pemsel will research the variation among following orders... and following his sense of right and wrong.
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