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.
Then we begin with the main plot of the book, a class from California traveling to Romania on a research trip. As they are to discover, it turns from a research trip to a getaway trip.
Here, I have also found it necessary to give each student that goes on the trip a character that goes into depth, not only so we can get an understanding of the person, but also to assist me in writing. An example would be, given these characteristics, what would most likely happen? I have personified each characteristic such as mine, where after each book, it has hopefully increased the number of characters it goes to depth with. It does not only help you think forward but also backward. An example would be, her mother is interesting; she may have had an affair, which we can include in a new book. The other alternative could be that this character is so rich. Maybe we can focus on highlighting them more or perhaps tell his side of the story.
Against this backdrop, Lucien Mooncaster, a tortured violinist in the capital city of Zargo’s orchestra, struggles to overcome the grief of a tragic accident that took his family from him. He longs for nothing but solitude until a bewitching woman mysteriously washes ashore, shipwrecked outside his home. Just beyond his city’s gates, Archer Solomon, a reckless and aging monster hunter, pursues his final contract, a personal vendetta against a creature who robbed him of everything he once held dear. But a much darker entity hides in the shadow of the hunter’s precious target, one with the power to change the fate of the entire world.
As shadows descend upon Zargo, fates become intertwined. Will Lucien and Solomon each have what it takes to weather the coming storm?
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...
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...
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.