SalamanderStung by the death of his son, Count Ostrov renounces army life and retires to his island retreat. There he loses himself in his love of puzzles, turning the very fabric of his spectacular Slav castle into a giant, mechanical conundrum of revolving doors, moving floors and unstable staircases.
by Thomas Wharton
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'A dazzling, exhilarating adventure joining 18th-century printer Nicholas Flood and his motley band on a quest for the infinite book...A joy for anyone who loves stories and a must for everyone who loves books.' Big Issue The year is 1717. Stung by the mysterious death of his only son, Count Ostrov renounces army life and retires to his remote island retreat. There, in mourning, he loses himself in his love of puzzles, turning the very fabric of his spectacular Slav castle into a giant, mechanical conundrum of revolving doors, moving floors and unstable staircases. The Count brings to this impossible castle the legendary English printer Nicholas Flood, and charges him with the task of producing a book without beginning or end. But no sooner has Flood set about his quest than he meets the Count's beautiful, brilliant and yet somehow damaged daughter, Irena. In the shadows cast by the wheels and cogs of the clockwork castle, Flood finds himself distracted from the task in hand, and instead begins work on another book entirely, a secret gift for a secret lover -- a tiny octavo volume with one word, Desire, gold-tooled on its spine...
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