“I enjoyed the majority of this book, even though I knew how the main story would end, sadly. Unfortunately, the writer threw in a major curve ball about the kitchen boy at the end, which made me roll my eyes. Ending ruined it for me.”Susan F wrote this review Thursday, November 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This short and tightly written historical novel about the final days of the Romanovs was compelling reading. Written from the perspective of a young kitchen boy assigned to help the family, there is an air of mystery that makes this a novel hard to put down. Who is he really? What really happened that fateful day? Did any of the Tsars children survival the massacre?”TheLibrarian wrote this review Sunday, January 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“interesting”Shari wrote this review Sunday, December 30, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I enjoyed it. Sometimes too many details. Great ending.”Louisa wrote this review Tuesday, September 25, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was a well-written book and a nice, if not short, historical fiction look at what the last few days held for Russia's Romanov family.
The narrator is an aged man who was a member of the Romanov's staff during their exile in Siberia. A boy at the time, the tale is woven through the eyes of youth, health and loyalty. The end of the book makes this one a must read and will drive me to the next in this trilogy.
“Lots of surprises! Very interesting read - especially if you are familiar with the story of the Romanov family! Fabulous book!”Mrs. Murphy wrote this review Thursday, September 13, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Since I enjoy books of Russian history, I looked forward to this one. However, I probably read it too soon after City of Thieves. The similarities caused me to compare and I found COT to be better. In both books, the grandfather tells the story of his youth in Russia to an adult grandchild. I thought the storytelling more seamless in COT than in TKB where it was a bit choppy and even repetitious. The time periods where quite different with TKB set during the Russian Revolution and the other during WWII. This was a very interesting twist on the life of the Romanovs during their incarceration and execution, backed by excellent research. The reader gets a terrific view of the characters of the Tsar, Tsarina and their children. This is not your usual story where the focus is on Anastasia. The story definitely moved more quickly in the second half of the story and was completely engaging. ”Barbara M wrote this review Friday, June 1, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Liked it; didn't love it.
Good history - odd twist.”
“This story of Russia's last Tsar is wonderfully crafted with a mysterious, yet at the same time very personal air. It is unique, as it blends history and fiction to create a suspense-filled horror story. ”GraceM wrote this review Saturday, March 10, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really liked most of this book, such a tragic story. It has made me want to read more about the Romanov's. There were some parts that really turned me cold, but I don't want to give anything away. ”Scarlett wrote this review Sunday, February 5, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No