Author: Nadine Brandes
Genre: Historical Fantasy
Review: Romanov by Nadine Brandes is an epic historical fantasy novel that takes an interesting twist on the infamous Romanov monarchy. Pulling inspiration from the magical intrigue cloaking the family’s history and the mysterious circumstances surrounding their deaths, Brandes weaves a never-before-seen retelling that is both gripping and heart-wrenching.
The story follows one of the more intriguing family members, Anastasia (or how she’s referred to by the majority of the characters, Natasya). There have been many theories spun as to the daughter’s history and Brandes makes excellent work of answering long-speculated questions as well as aiding the creation of new ones. The addition of a magic sup-plot brings both an edge and new excitement to the story, as characters become concerned not only for their political standing and well-being but also maintaining the secret of their spellwork. The beauty and wonderment of magic compliments the dark, dismal conditions the family is forced to live in and balances the plot quite nicely.
One of the most striking parts of Romanov is by far Brandes’ gift of words. There’s a fine line between writing that flows effortlessly and something that is overly flowery, and Brandes stays on the correct side of that line throughout the book. She obviously has experience with storytelling, and her descriptive prose is masterful.
Romantic interests can often detract from the impact of the plot and its characters, but this was not the case for Romanov. The inclusion of Zash, instead of hindering the development of Natasya, highlighted both the strengths and weaknesses of Natasya as she struggled through her feelings and her family life. It was a risky addition by Brandes that ended up serving the story quite well.
Romantically charged and emotionally driven, Nadine Brandes’ Romanov is sure to delight and inspire readers of all historical backgrounds.
Romanov will be released on May 7, 2019.
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