Title: The Age of Ice
Author: J.M. Sidorova
Genre: Historical Fiction
Prince Alexander M. Velitzyn, conceived in an ice palace, is immune to cold. His unusual ability puts impossible strain on his relationships with his family, friends, and lovers. Spanning nearly three centuries and a good chunk of the Earth, The Age of Ice follows Prince Alexander through many life times of adventures.
This was not exactly the book I thought it was going to be. At times I enjoyed the strange story and luscious, detailed writing. And other times I just couldn’t wait for the book to be over. I think the inconsistent pacing (100 pages on a few years and then 10 pages on a century) is what didn’t work for me. I was apparently in the mood for action and I was getting description.
This was a case of not finding the right book at the right time for me. It was not a massive Russian tome. But it often felt like one. I actually started this book with the intention of reviewing it near its pub date, but it took me nearly a month to work my way through it.
This is unlike anything I’ve read before and Sidorova certainly deserves some praise for tackling such a massive undertaking. Just be prepared to invest some time and energy in this one.