Romanov - Nadine Brandes

Saturday, May 18, 2019

My Rating
★★★★★ - You have bewitched me, body and soul. (More Info)

About the Book

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 has only dabbled in magic, but it doesn’t frighten her half as much as her growing attraction to 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.
(From Thomas Nelson)

My Thoughts

History and fantasy collide in this entrancing tale of the Romanovs. This is a part of history that has long brought sorrow and heartache to many, myself included. Brandes uses her gift of story-weaving to bring Anastasia “Nastya's" story to life in a new way.

Historically, Romanov is very accurate, which readers may find difficult to read. The events surrounding the Romanovs final months are devastating and heartbreaking. Even though I was preparing myself for the tragedy, it was still very hard to read. Through it all, Brandes honors the Romanovs in her storytelling.

The fantasy side of the story is unique and beautiful. Brandes gives a fresh exploration of the land of magic and myth. Words and writing, family and friendship, loyalties and betrayals, are waiting for you just behind the cover of Romanov. This is a story readers will love and cherish for many years and through many rereadings.

I received a complimentary copy of Romanov from the publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

About the Author

Nadine Brandes once spent four days as a sea cook in the name of book research. She is the author of the award-winning Out of Time Series and her inner fangirl perks up at the mention of soul-talk, Quidditch, bookstagram, and Oreos. When she's not busy writing novels about bold living, she's adventuring through Middle Earth or taste-testing a new chai. She and her Auror husband live in a Tiny House on wheels. Current mission: paint the world in shalom.

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