It would be safe to say that I liked this book. I had my fair share of likes and dislikes about it. Read on to know my thoughts about it.
“Romanov” is a historical-fantasy novel. It takes us to the Russia of the 1918’s under the Bolsheviks. The Tsar and his family are imprisoned. Our protagonist, 16 year old Anastasia ‘Nastya’ Nikolaevna, is the daughter of the last Tsar of Russia. She wishes to become a spell master one day.
Now, this was my first time reading about the Royal family and I had very little information at my disposal. I had sadly misinterpreted this to be a historical fiction book. The first half felt like reading a translation from Russian to English. My excitement and attention span fizzled towards the end. I was constantly checking to see how many pages are remaining. The mentions of Rasputin, although he was a very controversial figure (listen to the Boney M song too), bored me. He wasn’t a good man to begin with, and we all know he had the Tsarina and the entire city of Moscow under his thumb.
I started doubting the characters and the way they were written a lot. Alexei’s haemophilia vexed me a lot. After some research, I found out that no 13 year old would survive the wounds and the bullets. I couldn’t understand Nastya’s infatuation with Zash, who also happened to be her guard and executioner, although her little antics made the book a little enjoyable to read. I couldnt connect with the writing, it fell flat for me many times. There were too many metaphors and figures of speeches in every sentence.
I didn’t hate this book, but i just didn’t love it. I read many rave reviews about it and was really excited to read it. Although the Royal family did go through some tough times and experienced horrible things. Brandes did succeed in making these parts emotional.
I wouldn’t recommend this book to you, but maybe you could give it a shot if historical fantasy is your thing. A solid 3 star read for me. I really wanted to fall in love with this book, but that didn’t happen. This book had a lot of potential, but when I look at it, its just a book of missed opportunities for me.
Thank you Harper Collins India for the copy. Picture and opinions are my own.