Breach by W.L. Goodwater


The first novel in a new Cold War fantasy series, where the Berlin Wall is made entirely of magic. When a breach unexpectedly appears in the wall, spies from both sides swarm to the city as World War III threatens to spark.AFTER THE WAR, THE WALL BROUGHT AN UNEASY PEACE.When Soviet magicians conjured an arcane wall to blockade occupied Berlin, the world was outraged but let it stand for the sake of peace. Now, after ten years of fighting with spi...

Details Breach

Release DateNov 6th, 2018
PublisherAce Books
GenreFantasy, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Adult, Speculative Fiction

Reviews Breach

  • Dianne
    Controversial at best, the Berlin Wall may be dividing more than a troubled city. As East and West operatives swarm like locusts, one thing has been discovered, the wall is failing, it must be shored up or the world may soon discover its true purpose… History, politics and an alternate universe bring a magical and new level of intrigue to the Berlin Wall in W.L. Goodwater’s BREACH. Magic, magicians and government machinations will collide as ...
  • Steven
    Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me a copy in exchange for an honest review.Breach was a wild ride. It took me a while to get into it, but I'm glad I pushed through the slow beginning (which could totally have been due to my currently-on-the-way-out-finally two month reading slump) and kept going. I read the last 70% in one sitting!This was a crazy fun alternate history historical fiction magical realism urban fantasy. It's set...
  • Destiny | myhoneyreads
    3.7-4/5 RTC
  • Stephanie
    I received this book through First to Read in exchange for an honest review.This book was fascinating. It was interesting to see a historical event told through the eye of magic. Watching different countries, with different priorities, work together to solve an issue that they didn't fully understand made for a very interesting story. The different points of views and the strong female lead made for a great read that showed the strengths, weaknes...
  • Tom
    Interesting alternate history of the Berlin Wall with magic. My only complaint is the ending felt rushed, though it was left open so the author could continue if he wanted to write a sequel.
  • Mallory
    I very much enjoyed this book. It took awhile to get into. I felt the beginning was a little slow but it was setting up how magic works in this universe. Once things started happening it really picked up.
  • Alysa H.
    A fast-paced fantasy Cold War thriller! Is it a little heavy-handed with its villains among other things? Oh yes. But that's how these things tend to work best. Plus, the inventiveness of the magic system makes up for it.** I received an ARC of this book via Penguin's First to Read program **
  • Pamela
    I really enjoyed this read! The story is compelling and I liked how the characters develop over time. I really appreciate the writer's ability to explore the protagonist's impulses, reflections, choices. The people of this book were real and relatable and the fantasy elements seemed real, too. I didn't want the story to end and hope that there's more to come!
  • Purplemanatees
    purplemanatees.orgpurplemanatees.orgTitle: BreachAuthor: W. L. GoodwaterPages: 357Genre: Fantasy, Historical FictionRating: 4 out of 5 stars*This is an Advanced Readers Copy so parts of this book can be changed before publishing with the quote at the end being included (there is still a whole page in italics lol).A woman protagonist living in a world of misogyny and magic prejudice. This novel follows Karen, a magician working for the government ...
  • Lauren
    I read this book through Penguin's First to Read program.Cold War Fantasy seems to be on trend lately. The most recent Big Library Read centered around it as does this book. The premise: The Berlin Wall is magic in origin. And there's a hole. Young American magician Karen is sent to help find a solution and finds herself in over her head. An enjoyable story with a wonderfully strong female protagonist. The author does not shy away from having Kar...
  • Brenda
    The Berlin Wall during the Cold War combined with a magical twist made for an interesting read. Spies and magicians seem to appear from everywhere. And yet none have the ability to stop what is coming. Karen doesn't even begin to realize the magic she has inside. Her magical research is just the tip of the iceberg to the magician she becomes. This is not my normal type of novel I usually read but was intrigued by the thought of the Berlin Wall be...
  • Amanda
    I received a free advance copy of this book at San Diego Comic-Con.I love a good magical alternate history. Cold War era isn't always my thing but this one sounded intriguing. I'm glad I picked it up. It was compelling (it only took so long to finish because I stopped in the middle to read several other things and then forgot where I'd left the book) and never failed to hold my interest.I would have liked to have a better understanding of how the...
  • Ashley
    This is a fun and unique magic story that involves the Berlin Wall and Cold War. I really enjoyed the spin on magic, the way magic works in this world is slightly different than typical which adds to the uniqueness of this story. The history and politics of the time also add a nice spin to the magic storyline. I do think the ending was really rushed, it seems once the characters reach a certain destination things start to go really fast and I fel...
  • Sarai Henderson
    See the full review at Confessions of an ExBallerinaA fantastic blend of history and magic. If you are looking for something new and fresh, look no further. This book throws you into a world full of magic. An incredible world where mystery and intrigue intertwine with our main character line. Its incredible really. The historical elements are spot on. Its an alternate timeline that feels like real life. Well done. Received an advance reader copy ...
  • Suzanne
    Intriguing world where magic plays a role in spycraft post WWII as Berlin faces life with its newly built wall. The players are all known except for the addition of magic; and with that the field changes and tips quite a bit. A good book for lovers of spy tales and fantasy set in that fruitful era of early Cold War Berlin. I received my copy from Penguin’s First to Read program.
  • Jen
    The Berlin Wall during the Cold War and magic is an intriguing combination explored within W.L. Goodwater’s Breach.To read this, and other book reviews, visit my website: decade after World War II, the wall that stands in occupied Berlin has relevance as more than just a barrier between the East and the West – it also serves to contain a dark magic that could bring about the end of the world as we kno...
  • Carlie
    I don't even know where to begin with this book. I really liked the premise of Breach to begin with, but it turned out to be so much more than I expected. This book is action-packed, suspenseful, and a little scary in some places (Auttenberg, this means you), but it was wholly entertaining and I read it in one sitting. A Berlin Wall made of magic is such an interesting concept, and I think the world-building was pretty well done. The rules of mag...
  • Jill Elizabeth
    This is another of those stories that was amazing but that I've found it difficult to review in a deservedly lengthy fashion because I don't want to risk spoiling even a minute of it... What an incredibly inventive and original story this was! I thoroughly enjoyed it - I am a long-time fan of Cold War spy stories, and this one offered that in spades. I loved how the espionage was melded so seamlessly with the magic - it made for an evocative and ...