The writer, literary critic, translator and ethnographer Orest Mykhailovych Somov was born in 1793 in the Ukrainain town of Vovchansk. His family were Ukrainian gentry who were moderately well off. At the University of Kharkiv he became a supporter of Romantic literature and British Gothic fiction. Somov moved to St Petersburg in 1817 where he continued writing and established himself as a critic and translator, editor and publisher – one of the first professional men of letters in the Russian Empire. He was drawn to the folklore of his native Ukraine and brought together elements of the Romantic, the Gothic and local folklore in his stories such as “Rusalka”. He inspired literary greats such as Mykola Hohol (Gogol) and Aleksandr Pushkin. Somov remained in St Petersburg until his death in 1833.
Yet the realm of Andomhaim is riven with civil war. The false king Tarrabus has usurped the crown in the name of the shadow of Incariel, and the loyal lords must fight the ruthless rebels.
Unless Ridmark can defeat Tarrabus and reunify Andomhaim, the Frostborn will prevail.
But Tarrabus Carhaine, deadly and wicked, will not be defeated without terrible cost...
After a year of battle, the war has ground to a bloody stalemate. Unless Ridmark can find new allies, the Frostborn will win through slow attrition.
But the shadow of the Frostborn has fallen over all lands, and Ridmark might not live long enough to find new allies...
Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head. They looked almost like wings.
In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever.