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The Tomb and the Stone
A Historical Fantasy of 19th-Century Russia
by T. Newyear

Overview


Find the tomb. Claim the stone. Change the world. A pretty but poor Russian aristocrat with the power to summon the dead embarks unwittingly on a search for the tomb of the famous Mongol conqueror, Genghis Khan, where several magical stones with arcane powers are reputed to lie. The quest leads her from her luxurious life in 19th-century St. Petersburg to the glorious wilds of Siberia, to the final moment that promises to change--or destroy--everything.

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Description


The reserved daughter of a much declined, unusually affectionate St. Petersburg family, Irina Morozova senses death before it comes. Her arcane powers, unleashed with a few herbs and a candle’s flame, can summon the dead and bring them into the world of the living. Yet that is the least of the pretty aristocrat’s worries. When her brothers rise up against the new Emperor on a cold December morning, Irina and her sisters lose their good names, their prospects for marriage, and their limited means. Irina’s brothers are sent to prison in Siberia, and the despairing Irina resolves to stage her own rebellion, diving into the shady margins of St. Petersburg’s artistic and literary circles, until her mysterious abilities come to the attention of the conservative but brilliant Prince Pavel Pozharsky, close confidant of the tsar. Rich in historical detail, drawing gleefully on the humor and ardor of an era rarely chronicled in English, The Tomb and the Stone weaves Slavic lore with Buddhist belief, historical fact with fantastic horrors, all from an intimate female perspective. Supernatural adventure intertwines with the stirring fates of the Decembrist rebels and their families. The story moves from the stark sensuality of St. Petersburg to the unsung beauties of Siberia’s landscapes and indigenous nomad cultures.
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About the author


T. Newyear is a scholar and writer based in the Midwest, with a PhD in Mongolian and Siberian history. After a childhood spent hearing about the mysterious Soviet Union, she went there as a high school student. This sparked a life-long fascination with Russia, Central Asia, and South Asia. She has given Siberian shamans tours of lower Manhattan, ridden the Trans-Siberian alone (more than once), performed country songs at remote mountain festivals, and worked in a Moscow newsroom. Her historical writing is based on extensive research in Russian, German, French, Buryat-Mongol, and English (no surprise there), to bring to life eras and places rarely discussed in English-language fiction, in as lively and sensual a way as possible. More at tnewyear.com
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Book details

Genre:FICTION

Subgenre:Fantasy / Historical

Language:English

Pages:754

Format:Soft Cover


Overview


Find the tomb. Claim the stone. Change the world. A pretty but poor Russian aristocrat with the power to summon the dead embarks unwittingly on a search for the tomb of the famous Mongol conqueror, Genghis Khan, where several magical stones with arcane powers are reputed to lie. The quest leads her from her luxurious life in 19th-century St. Petersburg to the glorious wilds of Siberia, to the final moment that promises to change--or destroy--everything.

Read more

Description


The reserved daughter of a much declined, unusually affectionate St. Petersburg family, Irina Morozova senses death before it comes. Her arcane powers, unleashed with a few herbs and a candle’s flame, can summon the dead and bring them into the world of the living. Yet that is the least of the pretty aristocrat’s worries. When her brothers rise up against the new Emperor on a cold December morning, Irina and her sisters lose their good names, their prospects for marriage, and their limited means. Irina’s brothers are sent to prison in Siberia, and the despairing Irina resolves to stage her own rebellion, diving into the shady margins of St. Petersburg’s artistic and literary circles, until her mysterious abilities come to the attention of the conservative but brilliant Prince Pavel Pozharsky, close confidant of the tsar. Rich in historical detail, drawing gleefully on the humor and ardor of an era rarely chronicled in English, The Tomb and the Stone weaves Slavic lore with Buddhist belief, historical fact with fantastic horrors, all from an intimate female perspective. Supernatural adventure intertwines with the stirring fates of the Decembrist rebels and their families. The story moves from the stark sensuality of St. Petersburg to the unsung beauties of Siberia’s landscapes and indigenous nomad cultures.

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About the author


T. Newyear is a scholar and writer based in the Midwest, with a PhD in Mongolian and Siberian history. After a childhood spent hearing about the mysterious Soviet Union, she went there as a high school student. This sparked a life-long fascination with Russia, Central Asia, and South Asia. She has given Siberian shamans tours of lower Manhattan, ridden the Trans-Siberian alone (more than once), performed country songs at remote mountain festivals, and worked in a Moscow newsroom. Her historical writing is based on extensive research in Russian, German, French, Buryat-Mongol, and English (no surprise there), to bring to life eras and places rarely discussed in English-language fiction, in as lively and sensual a way as possible. More at tnewyear.com
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