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The Coronation (Erast Fandorin Mysteries #7)

4.17  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,683 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
Fandorin returns in a swashbuckling tale of abduction and intrigue, set during the build-up to the coronation of Tsar Nicholas II.
Paperback, 362 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Phoenix (first published January 1st 2000)
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Nancy Oakes
Book seven in the Erast Fandorin series brings us to 1896 and the coronation of Nicholas II as the last Russian czar. Like its predecessor The State Counsellor, The Coronation is steeped in accurate historical detail, from the name of the new Czar's horse to the horrible events that occurred in the field at Khodynka. Unlike The State Counsellor, Fandorin is acting as a lone wolf here, no longer holding his previous position as Deputy for Special Assignments to the Governor General of Moscow. The ...more
Jul 23, 2011 Malcolm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Each of Akunin's Erast Fandorin novels evokes a different classic detective writer (The Winter Queen – Wilkie Collins, Leviathan – Agatha Christie) but I'm struggling with this one: I'm seeing Conan Doyle – it feels very Holmes-like except Fandorin is more of a rake in this one than ever, and than Holmes.

A strapping and entertaining tale (based around the coronation of Nicholas II – the last Tsar) of kidnap, murder, assorted skulduggery, romance, and Moscow's gay underground: all the key items o
Apr 08, 2016 Colleen rated it really liked it
Shelves: whodunnit, thriller
"I thought in passing that since I had met Mr. Fandorin I had climbed more walls and fences than at any other time in my life, even when I was a child."

Poor Afanasii, the head butler for the St. Petersburg contingent of Romanovs, is the narrator of this book. The 4 year old son of his employer, Grand Duke Georgii Alexandrovich, gets kidnapped a few days before the coronation of Tsar Nicholas, and the mastermind behind it all, the diabolical Dr. Lind, demands a crown jewel for repayment.

I like h
Pietro Coen
Dec 21, 2014 Pietro Coen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: boris-akunin
We are in Moscow in 1896 when the Romanov family is getting ready for the coronation of their new Zar. The story is told by Afanasii Stepanovic Ziukin, the butler of the new Zar's uncle, the Grand Duke Georgii Alexandrovich - very much in the style of Ishiguro's "The Remains of the Day"; the Grand Duke's family travelled from St Petersburgh to attend the coronation and while in Moscow one of his sons, Mikhail, is kidnapped by Dr Lind who wants the Orlov diamond in return for the boy; the Romanov ...more
Peter Auber
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Maria Thermann
Sep 17, 2015 Maria Thermann rated it it was amazing
What a brilliant read! I can't wait to get my hands on another one of Akunin's novels. Extremely well written, funny to the point where I laughed out loud, and thought-proving at the same time, the novel is set against the backdrop of the last Russian Tsar's coronation (Nicholas II). It also attempts to explain how the Russian public's perception of their monarchy began to change at that time. These are the years leading up to the last Tsar's murder and the slaughter of his immediate family memb ...more
Kris McCracken
Feb 01, 2014 Kris McCracken rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The seventh novel of the Erast Fandorin series, we fast forward to 1896 Moscow, just prior to the coronation of Tsar Nicholas II. It does wonderfully well in capturing the atmosphere of late-nineteenth century Russia and the decline of the 'great' houses and families of the empire.

This time, the narrator is Afanasi Ziukin, head butler to the family of one of the new Tsar's uncles. Drawn into events after the kidnapping of a young prince, Ziukin presents a flawed vision of events and tense relati
Rafal Jasinski
Jan 26, 2014 Rafal Jasinski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Akunin wraca do formy i nie przestaje zaskakiwać. Już sam sposób prowadzenia narracji w pierwszej osobie, którą jest hołdujący cnotom swojej zacnej profesji kamerdyner, wniosło sporo świeżości. Sama intryga jest dostatecznie interesująca, ale ja bawiłem się świetnie przede wszystkim dlatego, że tym razem Akuninowi udało się zawrzeć na kartach swojej powieści tak wiele licznych niuansów i smaczków historycznych, oraz niezwykle interesujących faktów z życia różnych warstw społecznych Rosji u schył ...more
Margaret Wichorek
Sep 14, 2015 Margaret Wichorek rated it liked it
This is an excellent novel, but too long. It's set in Russia on the eve of Nicholas' coronation. A nephew of the the soon to be tsar is kidnapped and held for ransom by a very evil man. The kidnapper wants the Orlov diamond, which is part of the royal regalia, as ransom. Erast Fandorin is on the case, along with his Japanese sidekick, Masa. He enlists of the help of the family butler and the boys' nanny to solve the case and rescue the boy. It's an interesting story, but as I said too long and o ...more
Guy Lesser
Nov 12, 2009 Guy Lesser rated it really liked it
To some extent, the past is always a function of the present. And for me, Akunin's taciturn 19th Century imperial Russian answer to James Bond, Erast Fandorin, is a light hearted window into what can often be profound or sinister questions. Though I have little sense, as yet, of what Akunin's extraordinary popularity might mean in and to post-USSR Russia, I'm convinced it means something. On the other hand, all of the Akunin I have read in English translation (thus far 5 novels and a novella col ...more
Apr 26, 2013 M M rated it it was amazing
This is Akunin's attempt at the high-society detective (recall that he writes each novel according to some stereotype of the genre), and in this novel, Erast Fandorin is as high-society as high-society can be - beloved of a Russian princess and investigating the kidnapping of a cousin of the newly crowned Czar. Nicholas II is a weak man and needs his coronation to complete without a hitch, but the kidnappers promise to deliver pieces of the little boy if their demands are not acceded to, and the ...more
Assaph Mehr
Oct 22, 2015 Assaph Mehr rated it it was amazing
This is one book that deserves six stars. By far my favourite of the Erast Fandorin novels, a series of tremendous novels.
This is a must read, for anyone who enjoys historical detectives, Tsarist Russia or plain good fiction.
Jan 03, 2016 Elina rated it really liked it
Shelves: erast-fandorin
High society mysteries don't get much higher than this. The plan of Dr Lind is ingenious and the suspense holds through to the end (although by this time a reader of Erast Fandorin novels knows not to trust anyone).
I hate to repeat myself but Erast's personal life is messy - there needs to be some definite resolution or it gets boring.
I pondered long whether to give the book three or four stars because of one simple reason: I absolutely hated the narrator Ziukin. He was incredibly annoying and
Mar 08, 2013 Ann rated it liked it
This is an historical mystery by Russian writer Boris Akunin. It is set at the time of the coronation of the last Russian tsar. The hero in this series of mysteries is Erast Fandorin, who has been described as the Russian Sherlock Holmes. The narrator is an almost totally clueless butler who serves one of the tsar's uncles. The uncle's little boy is kidnapped by the nefarious criminal Lind, and the adventure begins.

I enjoyed the historical setting and much of the tongue-in-cheek narration. Howe
Aug 06, 2015 Þórólfur rated it really liked it
Las þessa bók í þýðingu Árna Bergmann (Krýningarhátíðin) - mjög skemmtilegur stíll og frábært sjónarhorn yfirþjónsins sem segir söguna.
Apr 08, 2015 Roosi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, 2015
Üks põnevamaid Akunineid! Lõpuni ei aimanud ära, kes on põhipaha! Pluss mind õudselt paelub kõik Romanovitega seotud. Tõeline nauding.
Branko Jovanovski
May 15, 2015 Branko Jovanovski rated it liked it
The first half of the book is a bit too slow for a detective novel.
Nov 23, 2014 Polina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: Русские
Совсем другая книга. Два часа ночи, глаза болят, и все так странно.
Jul 31, 2011 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, historical, russian
Perhaps not quite as good as some of the other Erast Fandorin novels from the plotting side of things, but very interesting for details about the period in Russia as the last of the Romanovs is
crowned. For once I actually picked the baddie before the end (just). Fandorin works with a Russian butler to try to save the life of one of the younger royals, who has been kidnapped by the dastardly Dr. Lind. This novel is told from the viewpoint of the butler, Ziukin, which is a bit of a departure for F
Jul 15, 2012 Janellyn51 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this may be my favorite Erast book. I love the character Masa, and I thought the story was very good....although, it sparked my interest to research Simeon, the new Tsar's Uncle that was such a pain in Erast's ass, only to find out that Nicholas, has no such Uncle...what kind of historical fiction is that? He is a compilation apparently. However, I liked the character Afanassi, and the way he tells the story, and his view on being a servant of the Russian Royal family.
Jan 03, 2012 ashok rated it really liked it
Perhaps the best book in the Fandorin series.
The narrator is a dignified butler of the Russian imperial family, who due to circumstances is forced to partner with Fandorin. The interesting thing about the butler's perspective is that it provides room for social commentary in the sub-text. The plot is like other Fandorin novels laced with intrigue and back-stabbing. There are also strong suggestive elements of Holmes vs Moriarty in this novel.
Matt Frear
Finished reading this in Russian - an excellent addition to the Fandorin series. I can see why it considered one of the better books (and why some in the Orthodox church were annoyed by it). Kidnapping, royalty, romance, a high body count, historical fiction and even the hint of a gay S&M sex dungeon! The fact that the narrator does not particularly like Fandorin is an interested twist in the story-telling.
May 31, 2015 Leonid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Пожалуй, пока одна из самых удачных книг серии
Jun 11, 2015 Spitz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, historical, fun
I read this in German; it is no. 7 but I don't know what the English title is (if there is one). Besides the echoes of Holmes-Moriarty commented on by other reviewers, I think it's telling that a Trollope novel is mentioned. Yes, it has suspenseful moments--how could a kidnapping case not--but overall the book is so leisurely and good-humored that it indeed reminds me of Trollope.
Jane Obreshkova
Sep 09, 2013 Jane Obreshkova rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just finished it... Wonderful. Since I read a children book about Romanovi, I've been curious about them. An now I have this great author and his, kinda, genious book... Well, I never imagined Nikolaj or Alexandra this way, but still... Loved it. And it was amusing and cautionary... All that gay stories and the woman like the main villain, it was not for nothing, no doubt about that.
Feb 13, 2012 Cory rated it it was amazing
This is a great book that will leave you wondering till the last page. It is a true ode to Sherlock and Sir Arthur. I don't want to give anything up but suspect EVERY character. You will still be surprised in the end. Lind plays an impressive correlation to Professor Moriarty. I was very impressed by Akunin's quick witted characters and his plot development.
Nov 19, 2010 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russia, detectives
Another great Erast adventure. Told through the eyes of a butler in a Grand Duke's house, this kidnapping mystery hooked me from the beginning. High society manners, intrigue, imperial coronation, diabolical mastermind... and Erast and Masa are there to save the day. The narrator, Afansii, has become one of my favorite new characters.
Dec 13, 2013 Ahdelina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Приятный детективный роман. Прочитан с легкостью и удовольствием.
На протяжение всего романа меня мучило чувство, что Доктором Линдом окажется тот, кто оказался. Думаю, это было очевидно, а оттого немного обидно.
Напряженная непрекращающаяся погоня стала основной интригой.
Фандорин, как всегда, чересчур уж хорош, но ничего не поделаешь.
Jenny Sparrow
Mar 31, 2014 Jenny Sparrow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
Купили недавно настольную игру по этой книге, и я решила перечитать. Понравилось не меньше, чем когда я читала впервые. Всё-таки хорошая приключенческо-детективная беллетристика — один из моих любимых жанров :)

Ах да, это первая бумажная книга, которую я читала с момента приобретения Kindle в феврале 2011 года!
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Real name - Grigory Shalvovich Chkhartishvili (see Grigory Chkhartishvili), born in Tbilisi, Georgia, in 1956. Since 1958 he lives in Moscow. Writer and translator from Japanease. Author of crime stories set in tsarist Russia. In 1998 he made his debut with novel Azazel (to English readers known as The Winter Queen), where he created Erast Pietrovich Fandorin.

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