Heart of Iron
In a Russia where the Decembrists' rebellion was successful and the Trans-Siberian railroad was completed before 1854, Sasha Trubetskaya wants nothing more than to have a decent debut ball in St. Petersburg. But her aunt's feud with the emperor lands Sasha at university, where she becomes one of... show more
In a Russia where the Decembrists' rebellion was successful and the Trans-Siberian railroad was completed before 1854, Sasha Trubetskaya wants nothing more than to have a decent debut ball in St. Petersburg. But her aunt's feud with the emperor lands Sasha at university, where she becomes one of its first female students - an experiment, she suspects, designed more to prove female unsuitability for such pursuits than offer them education. The pressure intensifies when Sasha's only friends - Chinese students - start disappearing, and she begins to realize that her new British companion, Jack, has bigger secrets than she can imagine! Sasha and Jack find themselves trying to stop a war brewing between the three empires. The only place they can turn to for help is the Heavenly Kingdom of Great Peace, newly founded by the Taiping rebels. Pursued by the terrifying Dame Florence Nightingale of the British Secret Service, Sasha and Jack escape across Siberia via train to China. Sasha discovers that Jack is not quite the person she thought he was...but then again, neither is she.
Publish date: July 19th 2011
Publisher: Prime Books
Pages no: 311
Edition language: English
, Young Adult
, Science Fiction Fantasy
, Science Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Speculative Fiction
, Spy Thriller
, Alternate History
I've always had a bit of a fascination for Russian history, so Heart of Iron (which is an alternate history take, where feudalism was ended much earlier and work started on the Trans-Siberian Railway too) was always going to be an easy sell for me. I was only slightly perturbed on getting hold of a ...
I loved that the book was set in Russia and gave a non-British perspective. I don't want to drop any spoilers which makes this review tough to write. There are some lovely revelations of character as well as country ... but, no spoilers!So, the writing was great. The narrator came across beautifully...
A bit too lightweight to be really enjoyable. The plot is paper thin and full of holes. None of the characters except the protagonist have any personality at all, and she's a 19th century Russian aristocrat with improbably 21st century notions of proper identity-politics PC conduct. Even the setting...
Train rides are wonderous things. The sound of the machine, the scenery, the quiet, the conversation, the fact you can read without throwing up. Wonderful things train rides. No wonder that there have been several romantic, mystery, action, and what not written involing trains, including this boo...
I'm going to come back to this book - it's intriguing enough that I want to find out what happens, but I'm not sufficiently caught by the characters.I wasn't sure precisely what kind of story this would be going in, and at this stage I'm putting it down as alt-history espionage mixed with steampunk ...