By J. M. Sidorova
The Empress Anna Ioannovna has issued her most recent eccentric order: build a palace out of ice blocks. inside of 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 criminal. within the morning, guards input to discover them half-dead. 9 months later, boys are born.
Surrounded by means of servants and animals, Prince Alexander Velitzyn and his dual brother, Andrei, have an idyllic formative years at the family’s huge kingdom property. yet as they strategy manhood, stark changes coalesce. Andrei is bold and bold; Alexander is tentative and adrift. One frigid iciness evening at the highway among St. Petersburg and Moscow, as he flees his military put up, Alexander involves a scary revelation: his physique is resistant to 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 convey him into touch with a big variety of actual old figures, from Mary Shelley, the writer of Frankenstein, to the licentious Russian empress Elizaveta and Arctic explorer Joseph Billings.
The Age of Ice is among the so much spell binding and artistic debut novels of the 12 months.
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