“‘You said the War ended decades ago.’ The angel darkens to a silhouette. Ice crystals form in the vapour rising from his shoulders, hardening into wings. ‘Oh Hagar.’ His voice shrinks to a whisper. ‘War doesn’t end. It sleeps.'”
A fantastical tour de force about endless life, cheating death and staying true to what matters most from ‘one of the UK’s most versatile writers’ Grazia
War doesn’t end. It sleeps.
Delphine Venner is an old woman now. She is old, but she remembers everything. She remembers what it is to be a child of war, she remembers fighting for her life and she remembers what the terrifying creatures from another world took from her all those years ago. She remembers the gateway, and those she lost.
And in that other world, beast-filled and brutal, someone waits for her. Hagar, a centuries-old assassin, daily paying a terrible price for her unending youth, is planning one final death: that of her abhorrent master, the Grand-Duc. The death that will cost her everything. The death which requires Delphine.
Voyaging into this violence and chaos, Delphine must remember who she really is and be ready to fight once more, as war reawakens. In the battle to destroy an ageless evil, will both worlds be saved — or will every mortal creature lose everything?
“Told in rich, allusive prose, The Ice House is a leisurely meditation on good and evil – Lovecraft done with the eye and sensitivity of a poet”
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“A strangely beautiful, beautifully strange fantasy”
”The Ice House is a fantasy tale that shines with originality … A spellbinding read”
“To say Tim Clare has a way with words is a bit of an understatement. Besides building Delphine’s wonderfully immersive world and setting her on an irresistible adventure, Tim’s writing is full of poetic pleasure. A joy to read, fast and closely, for the story and for the mastery in it”
Jess Kidd, Author Of Himself
“An incredible imaginative achievement. A visceral and pensive ode to the English imagination, etched by a virtuosic Jack Frost on the blade of Christina Rossetti’s secret fruit knife”
Naomi Foyle, Author Of The Gaia Chronicles
Tim Clare is a writer, poet and musician. He won Best Biography/Memoir at the East Anglian Book Awards for his first book, We Can’t All Be Astronauts, while his fiction debut, The Honours, was longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize. He has performed his work at festivals and clubs across the world, on BBC TV and radio. Tim has also written for the Guardian, The Times, the Independent and the Big Issue, and presents the fiction writing podcast Death Of 1,000 Cuts.
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