Heart of Iron by Ekaterina Sedia

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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.
 

About Ekaterina Sedia

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Ekatherina Sedia is the author of "The Secret History of Moscow," Her short stories have been featured in a variety of publications including "Analog," "Baen's Universe," and "Fantasy Magazine," She lives in Hammonton, New Jersey.
 
Published June 23, 2011 by Prime Books. 320 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Sedia assembles a nice list of supporting characters—the forceful Eugenia, the Russian soldiers and Chinese fur traders Sasha befriends, sinister spymaster Florence Nightingale—and Sasha's often frustrated but always practical narrative voice smoothly carries the novel to its satisfying concl...

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And as an alternate history, Heart Of Iron also fails to wow, although Sedia does manage to delightfully repurpose Florence Nightingale and put a somewhat fresh spin on a certain English folk figure grossly overused by steampunk.

Aug 03 2011 | Read Full Review of Heart of Iron

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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!

Aug 07 2011 | Read Full Review of Heart of Iron

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