Romanov by Nadine Brandes

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 survival are to either release the spell, and deal with the consequences, or enlist help from Zash, the handsome soldier who doesn’t act like the average Bolshevik. Nastya’s never dabbled in magic before, but it doesn’t frighten her 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. 


I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Title: Romanov
Author: Nadine Brandes
Publication Date: 7th May 2019
Pages: 352
Genre: Historical Fiction

As soon as I noticed this book I fell in love with the synopsis, I’ve always been fascinated by the Romanovs and this is the first retelling I’ve found. The perfect blend between historical fiction and fantasy.

Nadine Brandes is a fabulous storyteller, adding magic in an otherwise heartbreaking story. I was hooked from the very first chapter. The story follows Anastasia as she is confronted with difficult decisions while in exile, we are introduced to the Romanov family while they’re kept as hostages by the Bolsheviks. Nastya needs to overcome the stress and monotony while trying to find a way to save her family.

If you’re looking for historical accuracy, this is not it. You’ll find some historical facts mixed heavily with the author imaginative as she is trying to make you share the feelings of all the characters.

After this magnificent introduction to Brandes prose I had to run and get one of her other books, Fawkes, I’m loving it so far, review to come.

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