If you’re looking for a nonfiction book that reads like historical fiction, is filled with intrigue, violence, and presents multiple sides of the same story, look no further. As I was reading this gripping tale, I was constantly brought back to reality by the intermittent sections of alternative primary source history filled with the voices of the peasants, the soldiers, and the revolutionaries. Whenever I was tempted to feel sorry for any of the Romanovs, I would read the stories of peasants dying of starvation while the Romanov children misbehaved and played tricks on their tutors; or tales of soldiers who were led like lambs to the slaughter against the enemy while Nicholas spent his time taking walks, naps, watching movies, or listening to music on his phonograph. The contrast, carefully orchestrated by Candace Fleming, was palpable. The message, that history is never black and white, was crystal clear.
Highly recommended for grades 7-12.