📚#HistoricalFiction Set In Russia In 1917. Rosie’s #Bookreview of The Countess Of The Revolution by @lanakortchik

The Countess of the RevolutionThe Countess of the Revolution by Lana Kortchik
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Countess Of The Revolution is historical fiction set in Russia around 1917.

The story opens in Petrograd (now Saint Petersburg). Countess Sophia Orlova and her family are caught up in the revolution, trapped and then imprisoned in their home by drunken soldiers; they fear for their lives.

They are saved from execution by her husband’s estranged brother, Nikolai. Sophia sets up a hospital ward in their home for injured soldiers; however, her idea causes conflict with her husband, who refuses to relinquish his old societal beliefs.

Eventually it is too dangerous to stay in the city and they get permits to leave, but the conflict follows them.

This is a story set during one of the great upheavals in Russian history and the horrors of the war are described well. I did however, struggle to believe in Sophia, as she ping-ponged between a helpless countess who hid in her bed and an overworked dedicated nurse; I couldn’t quite picture her capable of both.

Overall, an interesting piece of historical fiction, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I had hoped.

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March, 1917

Petrograd is on the eve of revolution. For Countess Sophia Orlova, the city of her childhood – the only home she has ever known – has become her deadly enemy. The mob are ready to get rid of anyone connected to the old regime, including Sophia.

When rebels threaten to shoot Sophia and her husband, they are saved by Nikolai, a fervent supporter of the revolution. Determined to help Nikolai’s cause, Sophia sets up a hospital wing in the house, nursing injured victims by his side.

Her kindness has captured Nikolai’s heart, but their burgeoning romance is forbidden. With battle lines drawn between the new and the old, both their lives are in danger…

Will their love be strong enough to overcome the horrors of war?

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Rosie’s #Bookreview of Sixteenth Century Russian #HistFic The Golden Lynx by @cplesley

The Golden Lynx (Legends of the Five Directions, #1)The Golden Lynx by C.P. Lesley

4 stars

The Golden Lynx is historical fiction set in sixteenth century Russia. This is book one of the Legends Of The Five Directions series. It opens in Kasimov, a principality of Moscow, governed by Bulat Khan. Two of his children are caught in a forest ambush by Russian soldiers, where one child is killed.

Bulat quickly responds with a revenge attack on Boris Kolychev, the man believed to have killed his son. To prevent further vengeance deaths, a truce is called and a marriage arranged between Bulat’s daughter, Nassan, and Boris’ brother, Daniil.

Sixteen-year-old Nassan has no plans to be a docile and obedient wife, as she grew up listening to legends of heroic woman and has trained as a warrior. Left by her family in Moscow, she struggles to fit in. When her husband leaves only days after their marriage, she becomes bored with domestic duties. Nightmares keep her awake at night, so she puts her warrior skills into good practice on the streets. Soon rumours of a vigilante, who helps the people, spread through the city. But Nassan later finds herself embroiled in a political kidnapping; will she be able to save herself and the victims?

Set during the childhood of the future Ivan the Terrible, this story deals with the civil in-fighting. This was caused when Grand Prince Vasily III died, leaving only minors who were too young to rule the nation. The author provides a useful list of characters and historical notes at the front of the book, which I actually found more useful once I had read the story and understood the characters.

I enjoyed learning about Nassan’s beliefs and her upbringing on the Steppes, and comparing it to the Russian ways. The story flowed well and I found myself eager to keep reading. Overall a good solid example of this genre and start of a series.

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Russia, 1534. Elite clans battle for control of the toddler who will become their first tsar, Ivan the Terrible. Amid the chaos and upheaval, a masked man mysteriously appears night after night to aid the desperate people.

Or is he a man?

Sixteen-year-old Nasan Kolychev is trapped in a loveless marriage. To escape her misery, she dons boys’ clothes and slips away under cover of night to help those in need. She never intends to do more than assist a few souls and give her life purpose. But before long, Nasan finds herself caught up in events that will decide the future of Russia.

And so, a girl who has become the greatest hero of her time must decide whether to save a baby destined to become the greatest villain of his.

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