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The Last Romanov by Dora Levy Mossanen

Sunday, April 1, 2012
For  almost a century, Imperial Russia has captivated the imagination— the ruthless execution of the royal family, the disputed survival of the heir: it’s a cinematic chaos that the masterful Dora Levy Mossanen unravels for her readers. Taking readers deep into tarnished grandeur, The Last Romanov follows Darya, a wise old beauty whose time spent with the Imperial family has haunted her entire life. When the murderous events unfold, Darya is plagued by the prophecy made by the Empress’s advisor, Rasputin. She must find the missing Tsarevich Alexis Romanov and restore the monarchy or risk losing her own life.

Goodreads Summary

Author Dora Levy Mossanen will have a wide audience for this book, the mystery behind the royal Romanov deaths is fascinating to so many.  The author weaves a captivating tale starring Darya, a woman close to the Imperial Family.  Early on, Rasputin imparts a disturbing prophecy to that keeps Darya on her toes for decades.  Constantly in search for Tsarevich Alexis, Darya's entire life is devoted to that one goal.

Darya's character is interesting.  She isn't the normal character one finds in books, she is intriguing to readers outside of the story and to characters inside of the story.  Darya has a special place in her heart for Alexis as she looked after him in the Palace.  She has one opal eye that apparently sees all and appears not to have aged a day.  Darya's reasons for bringing back Alexis are not entirely selfish, she wishes to restore Mother Russia to her former glory.  Her sheer determination and steely perseverance are traits to be admired and that will astound the reader.  The other characters on not focused upon so much as characters in a history book, they are described and developed very well-the reader will feel close to many of them. 

The events in this book are exciting and fit together like puzzle pieces.  The reader will be surprised by the twists and surprises in this novel.  This book is recommended to young adult/adult readers.

4 Stars

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