The Romanov Dynasty had been ruling Russia for three hundred years when the newest Czar Nicholas took the throne. He was unlike any Czar before him, and didn’t seem quite suited to be a ruler. This is the story of the end of the long reining Romanov dynasty, and the fall of the Russia we used to know. This is a story of revolution, poverty, peasants, heartbreak, and death. Even if you know the details of how the Romanovs’ fell, this story will leave you feeling like you are in suspense.
This is my first Candace Fleming book, but it won’t be my last. She writes nonfiction with the excitement and interest of fiction. She makes history a great, albeit sad story (the way it is and should be.) Not only was it exciting to read, but it explained some of the beginnings and happenings in WWI make more sense to me. I learned a ton about the Romanov Dynasty that I didn’t know, and I learned so much about the Russian revolution as well. Amazingly enough, this in turn made me understand a bit about how present day Russia melded into its current state. I would recommend this to just about anyone, even though I know it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea!