Friday, April 27, 2012
Review: "The Lost Crown" by Sarah Miller
But in a gunshot the future changes for these sisters and for Russia.
As World War I ignites across Europe, political unrest sweeps Russia. First dissent, then disorder, mutiny, and revolution. For Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia, the end of their girlhood together is colliding with the end of more than they ever imagined.
At the same time hopeful and hopeless, naive and wise, the voices of these sisters become a chorus singing the final song of Imperial Russia. Impeccably researched and utterly fascinating, this novel by acclaimed author Sarah Miller recounts the final days of Imperial Russia with lyricism, criticism and true compassion.
My Thoughts: Seriously, I loved this book. I was very skeptical as I usually am pretty disappointed in historical fiction works that take on the last Russian royal family. I figured would I hate this book too but I picked it up anyway. Holy cow! If you read any work of historical fiction on Nicholas, Alexandra and their children, read this book.
The Lost Crown is basically the story of the fall of the Russian Empire told from the perspectives of Tsar Nicholas' four daughters, Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia. This is a very unique way of telling the story and I thought the author did a great job of bringing the girls to life. Each daughter has her own voice and provides a unique look at the events occurring between 1914-1918. I especially liked those of Olga and Anastasia. Olga would have been in her late teens/early twenties during this time and the author made her into a very perceptive young woman who could see why there was such turmoil, where her parents had made mistakes and could see what lay ahead for the family. The author admits that she elaborated on these scenes but I still thought it made for a very interesting take on the story. I enjoyed Anastasia's scenes because the author made her into a perfectly sweet, smart and funny character. Towards the end of the book, there is one scene where she is thinking about how she wants to be more than just another grand duchess and how she doesn't want history to forget her. The whole monologue simply broke my heart. History definitely hasn't forgotten her, I just wish it wasn't for such a tragic reason.
This is certainly a sad book (I was a little teary eyed at the end) but it also is about the resilience of these four girls and their love for one another. If you are a fan of historical fiction or simply interested in all things Russian, I can not recommend this book enough. 4 1/2 stars.