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’s only dabbled in magic, but it doesn’t frighten her half 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.
Are you a fan of Anastasia Romanov? Do you like reading books on the Romanovs? Then this is the book for you! Brandes takes us on a wonderfully detailed re-telling story about the Romanov family and how Anastasia may be the salvation of the family.
The Romanovs has been stripped from their titles and has been sent to exile. The Bolshevik army has locked them up in a house in Siberia and is hunting spell masters throughout the country to kill them. Anastasia “Nastya” Romanov is a skilled planner with a sharp mind, she cares for her family very much and will do anything to protect her family. In the meantime, she is starting to grow some feelings towards a solider that is on the enemy side.
I am a huge historical fiction reader so the moment I received the advance copy on Netgalley, I was beyond excited to jump into it. This is the first book I read from Brandes and she truly did a wonderful job in re-telling Anastasia’s story using historical facts and adding some fantasy in it. From just the first few pages, I was hooked and I couldn’t put it down. You get to see this royal family go through fear, doubt, love, and hopelessness. You get to see them all in a new light and capture how they truly cared for the people of Russia during and after their reign. I seriously fell in love with Anastasia and Nikolas’s characters. You can see how well developed and true to the persona in real life they were. I loved Anastasia’s willpower and confidence she had during these trying times and Nikolas’s compassion and kind demeanor. There are definitely some emotional and difficult moments in the book, but I like the spin of romance that is added to make it light.
Even though this book is considered fiction and fantasy, Brandes did a great job of adding real-life events and connecting it with the magical aspect. Also, can we appreciate the cover of this book – I mean its beauty and this was one of the first things that drew me into reading this book. I recommend this read to anyone who loves historical fiction – this was a fun read that you do not want to miss!
* I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.