In a unique, fantastical perspective on the history of the Romanov family, Nadine Brandes weaves a story of romance, magic, intrigue, and danger for young adult audiences. If you love history and fantasy, this may be the novel for you!
I’m personally not much of a fantasy genre person, but my sister who recently moved away to college enjoys it, so I was able to share this book with her in a care package. She’s always been intrigued by the Romanov family, writing short stories and doing research on them in her free time. If you or someone you know has had a similar interest, you may want to check this book out!
“Romanov will cast a spell on readers and immerse them in a history anyone would long to be a part of.” –Sasha Alsberg
The official summary reads:
My name is Anastasia . . . 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.
Thank you to the Thomas Nelson and Zondervan Fiction Guild for providing me with a copy of the book to read and review. All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive.
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