For fans of Jacqueline Carey and Ursula K. LeGuin, a lush, literary debut fantasy of love, ruin, and the ties of blood.
Sorykah Minuit has just two jobs aboard an ice-drilling submarine: meeting her quota and keeping her penis a secret. It’s no easy trick because when Sorykah’s frightened, she changes into a man—parts and all. Even worse, she suffers from a memory disorder that leaves her clueless about the activities of her other half.
When a wealthy madman abducts her children, timid Sorykah and her male alter ego, Soryk, must cross icy wastes and a primeval forest to get them back. Complicating the dangerous journey is the fact that they do not share memories; each transformation is as much of a jolt as if awakening from a deep and dreamless sleep.
The world through which the sundered halves of Sorykah and Soryk travel is both familiar and surreal. Environmental degradation and genetic mutation run amok; humans have become distorted into animals, and animal bodies mask a wild humanity. But it is also a world of unexpected beauty and wonder, where kindness and love endure amidst the ruins.
Alluring, intense, and gorgeously rendered, Ice Song is a remarkable debut by a fiercely original new writer.