Told as a magical historical fantasy, Tsarina is a romantic journey through time.
Book Review: Book Review: Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick
Title & Author: Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy – Historical Fiction
Release Date: February 27, 2014
How I Got the Book: ARC From Publisher
A magical Faberge egg glows within the walls of Russia’s Winter Palace.
It holds a power rooted in the land and stolen from the mystics.
A power that promises a life of love for her and Alexei Romanov.
Power, that, in the right hands, can save her way of life.
But it’s not in the right hands.”
I love books set in Russia, especially when it’s historical. There’s something about the old world-ness of the country that makes me dream of fur-topped hats and snow flurries and royalty that goes back generations.
Fortunately, that’s exactly what I got in Tsarina. It’s historical fiction with some fantasy elements. And let me tell you, I felt like I was in the Red revolution.
The story takes place right around the greatest time of Russian political turmoil, and that is clearly reflected in the book. That being said, Tsarina wasn’t like high fantasies that include a lot of plotting and planning and maneuvering.
It was political without focusing on strategy, if that makes sense. It focused more on country loyalty and shifting social statuses than war games. After Red Rising, this is a much needed breath of fresh air.
Fierce & Fiesty
Although I haven’t read her other works, I definitely saw the fairytale quality in Tsarina in subtle moments. And it totally works.
I really identified with Natalya. Event though she’s born to privilege, she’s a relatable character. Wealth and status is all she’s ever known. She doesn’t look down on the Reds, she simply doesn’t understand their motivations or what their lives have been like.
I liked that she so fiercely fought for Russia and showed true courage in the face of impossible odds. Her spunk and determinedness (read: stubbornness) made her both respectable and endearing.
During the romantic yet tumultuous end of the Romanov’s rule, J. Nelle Patrick imagined magic and power and rebellion and loyalty. Tsarina is a book to escape to and imagine the true and imagined history of Russia during the early 1900s – it’s a heart-breakingly beautiful story.