Enchantments

Enchantments

A Novel

Book - 2012
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Rasputin's daughter, Masha, is sent to live with the royal family after her father's death. Tsarina Alexandra asks her to tend to Prince Aloysha, hoping that she has inherited Rasputin's healing powers. After Tsar Nikolay is forced to abdicate, Masha and Aloysha find solace in each other's company and tell stories as a way to escape their confinement by the Bolsheviks. In the worlds of their imagination the weak become strong, legend becomes fact, and a future that will never come to pass feels close.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400063475
1400063477
Characteristics: xii, 314 p. ; 25 cm

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sjmwdc
Jan 29, 2016

I loved this book. I loved the way the author leap back and forth in time with revealing (if fictional) stories and memories of her main character and and the fascinating crew of characters whose fates swirl around her. It was a great sequel to Robert Alexander's "Rasputin's Daughter."

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walkermom
Aug 10, 2012

good novel, but I would have enjoyed it more if I did not have some previous knowledge of Russian history.

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steph_peregrine
Jun 22, 2012

From the description, you'd think this would be an exciting historical fiction novel about the fall of the Romanovs, but pay close attention to the part about Masha and Aloysha sitting under house arrest and telling each other stories, because that is ALL that happens. It was tediously slow and repetitive and I found it a struggle to get to the minimal payoff at the end. I wouldn't bother reading this one.

ohtethys Apr 03, 2012

At times I found the prose a little slow-moving but the descriptions of Russia at the time, the destitution of the poor contrasted with the opulence of Romanovs, are detailed and so well-written. The real strength of the book is in the characters...especially Rasputin and the Romanovs. If you love historical fiction, you'll be pleased with this book.

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