Friday Feature . 9

Today’s featured book is Romanov by Nadine Brandes and I would like to thank both NetGalley and Thomas-Nelson (the publisher) for providing me with this free e-book in exchange for an honest review. As someone who doesn’t read a lot of fantasy, I was unsure about this book but found myself delighted with it and enjoyed the couple of hours I spent curled up reading it.

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So what is this book about?

The last Russian royal family has intrigued people for just over a century. Books and movies have been rewritten imaging that Anastasia has lived. And Brandes takes the history of the Romanovs and puts it into a fantasy world filled with spells and spell masters, skilfully weaving history and magic into a story about family and life’s purpose.


What I liked . . .

  • The Romanov Family. There aren’t enough books with positive family representations, they weren’t perfect, but they all got on together and had marvellous times.
  • The history. If historical fiction doesn’t teach you something, what’s the point of reading it? I learnt more about the Romanov’s captivity than I ever had before.
  • Its engagingness. I haven’t read a lot of ‘edge-of-your-seat’ books in a while and reading this kept me up at night and curled up on the couch waiting to see what would happen next.


What I didn’t like . . .

  • The positive view of the Romanovs. I’ve studied too much history, the Romanov’s weren’t great rulers and I think the book completely ignored that fact, although to be fair, it was from Nastya’s (Anastasia’s) perspective and she was only seventeen when she died, so it was probably realistic.



My Rating 💭purpose  💭/2originality  💭engagement  💭/2writing skill  💭enjoyment

Star Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

I really enjoyed reading this book and one day hope to own a copy for myself. I really enjoyed reading about the mischievous Nastya and learning more about the Romanovs in captivity. If historical fiction or fantasy is your thing, I’d definitely recommend picking up this book.

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