This bestselling tale of Romanov intrigue from the author of "The Kitchen Boy" begins like a fairy tale--a German princess marries the Grand Duke Sergei of Russia and enters the Romanov's lavish court. However, after a peaceful demonstration becomes a bloodbath, the fires of the revolution link the young princess's destiny to that of a young ...
This bestselling tale of Romanov intrigue from the author of "The Kitchen Boy" begins like a fairy tale--a German princess marries the Grand Duke Sergei of Russia and enters the Romanov's lavish court. However, after a peaceful demonstration becomes a bloodbath, the fires of the revolution link the young princess's destiny to that of a young Bolshevik.
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This book draws you in to a fascinating time period in Russian history, much like this author's first 2 books. I had little knowledge of Russian history when I first began reading this trilogy, and it inspired me to research and want to know more and more. I had no idea how important this woman was to Russian and world history. Even though her path in life had been laid out before her, she chose a life of service to the common worker. I really admire the courage and strength of character it took for her to serve the very people who destroyed her family. I hope that this book gives its readers a real light to follow when they are at a dark point in their lives. It taught me to have gratitude for all the things I don't even have to worry about in my daily life: food, health care, order in my community, and the right to vote for the people who best reflect our own values.
Mar 26, 2008
Revenge and Redemption
This is the third book in the series by this author. The other two are The Kitchen Boy and Rasputins Daughter. All are enjoyable. This novel tells the story of Pavel, a revolutionary and Princess Elizabeth Romanov. The way their lives intersect is told in alternating chapters. Russian historical fiction is hard to find and so I found this trilogy quite interesting for anyone who would like to know more about the Romanovs. Poignant and tragic, this is the story of a woman who could have done much for Russia but was stopped by hatred and revolution.
Publishers Weekly, 2008-03-03 In this robust historical set during the Romanov twilight, Alexander (The Kitchen Boy) chronicles the careers of two emblematic individuals--the real-life Grand Duchess Elisavyeta ("Ella"), sister of Alexandra, the last tsarina, and the fictional Pavel, a young revolutionary. The author's extensive knowledge of Russia allows him to invigorate the narrative with telling details that bring the aristocrat Ella, who eventually became an Orthodox saint, convincingly to life. His depictions of workers' miseries, from the breadlines to sausage made from cat, are especially strong. Pavel takes part in key events affecting Ella--such as the planning for her husband's assassination--as well as in the street violence that metastasizes into the Bolshevik Revolution. Quick-cutting between the two characters' perspectives gives readers the opposing viewpoints of nobility and proletariat, emphasizing the obliviousness of each group to the other. As in Doctor Zhivago, coincidence abounds and some scenes and themes call to mind that classic, but this is a compelling journey through momentous events that wraps up with a fine, deeply moving finale. 6-city author tour. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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