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remembering the romanovs 94 years later


July 17 marked the 94th anniversary of the death of the Romanov family and the end of Imperial Russia. Being the Romanov/history buff I am I thought I’d make a Romanov-centric post and share some books on the family (both fiction and non-fiction).

The Curse of the Romanovs by Staton Rabin (review → here)

Alexei Romanov, heir to the throne, is in grave danger. With Rasputin’s help, the Tsarevich manages to flee his family’s execution only to find himself in present-day New York.

It is in New York that he meets 15-year old Varda, a girl he discovers is a distant cousin. Upon learning his family’s fate Alexei – and Varda – make the decision to go back in time and rescue his parents and sisters before it’s too late.

A mediocre plot that relies on the reader’s total ignorance of history or an extremely strong suspension of belief complete with paranormal elements, text-speak, and quasi-incest ultimate led to a disappointing read.

The Gathering Storm (Katerina Alexandrovna #1) by Robin Bridges (review → here)

Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg has a horrible secret: she can raise the dead. After years of hiding her gift – which she deems a curse – she must call upon her powers and come to Russia’s aid after a malignant supernatural force threatens to bring the country to ruins.

A complete 180 from The Curse of the Romanovs! With the first paragraph I was completely sucked into The Gathering Storm. While the book isn’t exactly focused on the Imperial family (and in fact takes place before Nicholas became Tsar), the Romanovs play a prominent role and it was exciting to read about Nicholas and Alix as teenagers. A brilliant start to what will be a trilogy, The Gathering Storm easily made it to my top 2012 reads.

The Last Romanov by Dora Levy Mossanen (review → here)

Told through a dual narrative – one from the present day and one from the time of the Romanovs, The Last Romanov details the life of the Imperial children’s nanny Dariya. Now over 100, Dariya receives word that Alexei Romanov survived the attack on his family and it is her job to find him and restore the monarchy.

And an adult novel to round things out. The Last Romanov wasn’t what I expected, particularly in regards to the link to a past life from 4000BC and some paranormal elements. However, gorgeous imagery and beautiful wording made this an enjoyable read.

While those three I reviewed can get you started, here are some other books about the family (note: I only highlighted books about Nicholas & co. There are tons of books about the rest of the Romanov family and I definitely recommend doing a bit of research on this fascinating family):

NON-FICTION

FICTION

Obviously this is barely a fraction of novels about the Romanovs. Have you read any & want to recommend some?

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