By Nadine Brandes
May 1, 2019
From the author of Fawkes comes a magical take on the story of Anastasia Romanov.
The history books say I died.
They don’t know the half of it.
Anastasia “Nastya” Romanov was given a single mission: to smuggle an ancient spell into her suitcase on her way to exile in Siberia. It might be her family’s only salvation. But the leader of the Bolshevik army is after them . . . and he’s hunted Romanov before.
Nastya’s only chances of saving herself and her family are either to release the spell and deal with the consequences, or to enlist help from Zash, the handsome soldier who doesn’t act like the average Bolshevik. Nastya’s only dabbled in magic, but it doesn’t frighten her half as much as her growing attraction for Zash. She likes him. She thinks he might even like her . . .
That is, until she’s on one side of a firing squad . . . and he’s on the other.
Romanov is not for the faint of heart. The true history of what happened to the Romanovs makes this a tragic story, and quite different from the other books Nadine Brandes has previously written. That being said, this is by far the best historical fiction fantasy I have read. It goes a step farther than just rewriting history, because it gives a reader hope.. Not just hope for the story of the Romanovs execution, but hope in the humanity of us all, no matter what side we fight on.
Brandes writing is so well-researched, rich with historical details as well as Russian words and phrases. While magic plays a large role in the book, it is not too hard to imagine everything in the book actually being true. Especially since the magic in the book could pretty easily be replaced with some other technology or medical ability. The true feeling of fantasy and magic comes from the hope that it brings and this declaration of survival: “Because I have a story I was meant to live. And not even you can unwrite it.”
Sounds great!!! 🙂