By J. M. Sidorova
An epic debut novel a couple of lovelorn eighteenth-century Russian noble, cursed with sturdiness and an immunity to chilly, whose quest for the reality at the back of his spans exciting centuries and a gorgeous array of old occasions.
The Empress Anna Ioannovna has issued her most modern eccentric order: build a palace out of ice blocks. within its partitions her slaves construct a marriage chamber, a cover mattress on a dais, heavy drapes cascading to the floor—all made up of ice. Sealed inside of are a disgraced nobleman and a deformed lady jester. at the empress’s command—for her entertainment—these are to be married, the connection consummated inside of this frozen felony. within the morning, guards input to discover them half-dead. 9 months later, boys are born.
Surrounded through servants and animals, Prince Alexander Velitzyn and his dual brother, Andrei, have an idyllic youth at the family’s huge state property. yet as they strategy manhood, stark changes coalesce. Andrei is bold and impressive; Alexander is tentative and adrift. One frigid wintry weather evening at the street among St. Petersburg and Moscow, as he flees his military put up, Alexander involves a scary revelation: his physique is proof against cold.
J. M. Sidorova’s boldly unique and genrebending novel takes readers from the grisly fields of the Napoleonic Wars to the blazing warmth of Afghanistan, from the outer reaches of Siberia to the cacophonous streets of nineteenth-century Paris. The adventures of its protagonist, Prince Alexander Velitzyn—on a lifelong quest for the reality at the back of his unusual physiology—will span 3 continents and centuries and produce him into touch with a massive diversity of actual historic figures, from Mary Shelley, the writer of Frankenstein, to the licentious Russian empress Elizaveta and Arctic explorer Joseph Billings.
The Age of Ice is without doubt one of the so much enthralling and artistic debut novels of the 12 months.