The Lost Crown

April 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

The Lost Crown: A Novel of Romanov Russia by Sarah Miller is an enchanting tale of the last years of the Romanov dynasty. Told from the point of view of each of the daughters, this work of fiction deftly weaves fact and myth in a page-turning YA novel.

I enjoyed this book as a fun read, but the historical facts are fairly light; however, it could be argued that this is a YA novel and not Tolstoy. The use of Russian words to give some verisimilitude and oomph to the tale can be a bit heavy-handed, but a glossary is provided. And the character I’m most interested in from this historical period, Rasputin, is glossed over. He played a far greater role in the Romanovs’ lives than is fleshed out, though it is commented on.

I would recommend this to people who enjoy historical YA fiction and anyone who also enjoys reading about the Romanovs. There is even a bibliography at the back and suggestions for further reading.

There are books available in the Library on the Romanovs. Or watch “Russia’s Last Tsar” from Films on Demand.


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