I strongly recommend this book to any reader who is interested in historical fiction. Though at times slow-paced and dense, it follows the demise and treatment of the Romanov family during the Bolshevik Revolution. Miller has done her research; she accurately captures the Russian language and culture. Without either basic knowledge of Russian customs or Soviet history, this book could be slightly tedious. I was initially confused because of the changes of narrator and because none of the supporting characters are defined. For anyone who is interested in expanding their knowledge of a revolutionary Russia, this is a book to consider; it is rich with culture and displays the royal family not as figureheads but as real people.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Richmond, Virginia United States of America