Read this book on deployment that a friend was sent and I rather enjoyed it. I'm like 80% certain that the title was Iceworld, yet I get hits that aren't it. It isn't written by Hal Clement (which is the majority leader), and I'm pretty sure this was small production.

The world, which is gripped in a winter-like season that seems to happen once over a period of time (like a hundred years), is the host to the Fey. It starts off in a prison, in which the main character watches a female fey get into a fight with another fey, in which she kills him. Killing someone in a duel lets you get a braid in their hair as a mark of success and recognition (she had three, I think). The main character was once a soldier and an officer for his nations' army, but was duped and betrayed by a fellow officer and the main character's wife (in which the two got married, identified much later in the story). Somehow, humans (from Earth) can come to this world through barely explained portals/gates, and have our current technology (there are hillbillies with a Chevy Nova or Camero, shotguns, and cages made of iron). The Fey use silvered swords, as iron is poisonous to them. The main character, along with a human man and one other, are released from prison by the ruler of his nation (A Queen that may or may not be a deity or demigod/dess) to simply get some sort of amulet (or a young Fey girl). The Queen has an evil sister who rules another nation who wishes to prevent this from happening, as it is the source of her longevity (the Queen's been around for at least 500 years). There is an example of time travel, humans having Fey children, inter-dimensional travel, quite a few duels, a event of flying (possibly in a ship or contraption), driving in a car that had to be covered with blankets for the Fey members, and a Queen that can possibly live forever by transfering herself into a body of a particular girl. She may have even been refered to as the Spider Queen.

This is none of the usual suspects; not Forgotten Realms, or any book associated to an RPG. I think this was from a smaller publishing company, and as I said, I'm only 80% sure the title was Iceworld, but haven't gotten a hit. Of course I don't remember the author, any of the characters' names, or anything else that would make this easy.

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Five years later, I actually found my own book!

Don't remember how I remember to look for it for so long, why made me think of it, but found it through amazon.everything.com.


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    I've looked and can only find 'Midwinter' by John Buchan (the 39 steps) so it would help if you could name the author. Thanks
    – Danny Mc G
    Commented Aug 2, 2018 at 7:03
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    @Danny3414: Probably Matthew Sturges. Commented Aug 2, 2018 at 12:09
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    I recognized the book from the description, and agree that Midwinter by Matthew Sturges is the correct book. It has a sequel (The office of Shadow). I'm Assuming it's easiest to find under Matthew Sturges' name, but Matthew is now Lilah Sturges; possibly, future editions may adjust the name accordingly.
    – RDFozz
    Commented Aug 2, 2018 at 18:17

Well I have been working hard on this for a while, and I don't know if either of these is it but maybe I will try to find more later. At least this may get you or somebody else farther on the journey! So the spider queen, that you hinted at led me, to the series of forgotten realms novels called "War of the Spider Queen" by R.A. Salvatore. Lot's of information on these (I think there were 6 books total), I think there may be a goddess and so on but, Forgotten Realms you said wouldn't be it, and I didn't see many other things that matched up either. Also not a lot of winter themes or ice, I don't think.

Are more promising book is Doc Sidhe by Aaron Allston, which includes interhuman and elf breeding time travel, portals between two worlds. here's what someone said about it:

Evil Midnight Lurker wrote: The Doc Sidhe books? Alternate Earth where the fae interbred with humanity early on, so most people are allergic to iron. The titular character is a very nearly pureblood fae but raised with close-to-human values.

Strictly speaking, the "alternate Earth" IS the world of the fae, in which most fae have at least a little human blood. The main character is a boxer from modern-day Earth who finds himself in a weird pulp fiction faerie parallel of the late 1930s, complete with a weird pulp fiction faerie parallel of Doc Savage and his crew.

I have not actually read any of these, and this is all I can find on them. Noticeably, none are called Iceworld. Well, there you go.

  • Sadly, this isn't it. I can remember the cover, and was mostly looking for cover recognition when title checks didn't work, but I haven't seen anything. And it wasn't an alternative planet, but a different one, and is the main focus of the story.
    – Jersey
    Commented Jun 17, 2013 at 15:32
  • what's funny is I am also looking for a book from my childhood with an ice planet and a picture of a snowman type creature with penguin wings on the cover. Sorry that wasn't it.
    – user15235
    Commented Jun 17, 2013 at 16:04

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