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The Bronze Horseman (The Bronze Horseman #1)

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The golden skies, the translucent twilight, the white nights, all hold the promise of youth, of love, of eternal renewal. The war has not yet touched this city of fallen grandeur, or the lives of two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha Metanova, who share a single room in a cramped apartment with their brother and parents. Their world is turned upside down when Hitler's armies atta ...more
Paperback, 810 pages
Published September 8th 2009 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published 1997)
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Jesus fucking rollerblading Christ.

No. Fuck no. I can’t do it anymore. You wanna read a historical love story with imperfect main characters? Go read Karleen Koen’s Dark Angels.

You wanna read a story about how fucked up Stalin and the Soviet Union were pre, during and post WWII? Go read The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956.

You wanna read an in-depth history of the European campaigns of WWII? Go read The Guns at Last
Aestas Book Blog
Jun 24, 2014 Aestas Book Blog rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of epic heart stopping romance books

10++ bright shining stars!!

Wow. WOW. WOW. !! This is the most intense and epic love story EVER told!! It's exquisitely written, achingly heart wrenching, deeply heart warming, and utterly beautiful, unforgettable and incomparable in every way!!!

Quite simply, there is no other series like this.

The author has a truly uncanny gift for really making you FEEL everything that her characters are going through. I FELT Tania and Alexander fall in love, I FELT their longing, I FELT their
Seeing how highly rated “The Bronze Horseman” is, I guess I’ll be one of those very few who don’t care for this book and brace myself for negative backlash. Oh, well, I just can’t stop myself from writing this review.

First of all, I am not sure why people love this story so much when there are so much better books/movies out there about: lovers separated by war (“Atonement”), surviving through a war (“Gone with the Wind”), Russia during its communist era (“Doctor Zhivago”), escape from Soviet Ru
Emily May
I'm really quite confused.

This book came very highly recommended. I picked it, along with a few others, from Goodreads' top 100 romance novels. It has been recommended to me many times over the years, from people on Goodreads and from those I know in "real life". And it has an average rating of 4.40.

While I didn't loathe the book - and enjoyed some parts - the truth is that more than half of these 600+ pages were excruciatingly boring.

Simons takes some steps towards goodness, but then it is ruin
Sasha Alsberg
Oct 23, 2015 Sasha Alsberg rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
One of the best books I've ever read, so heart wrenching but that's the beauty of it. Tatiana and Alexander's story was truly memorable and amazing.
Nov 30, 2010 Heather rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh what fresh hell. I thought this book would never, ever end. I am certain that had this book been written in the times of Dante, he would have surely included it in one of the layers of Hades. This book makes for fantastic punishment. I literally wept tears of boredom.

I never knew how important perfect white teeth could be, that there was such a thing as a slight case of TB, that this many mentions of blueberries could be squeezed into a single book, or that I could ever get bored with/by sex.
Tarryn Fisher
Dec 21, 2012 Tarryn Fisher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever loved something so much it made you cry? Have you ever needed someone so bad, you can't sleep at night? Have you ever tried to find the words, but they don't come out right? Haaaave you everrrrrr?

This. Right here. Boom.

Read it, or miss out on the best hero/heroine combo EVERRRRRRRRRR!

*lyrics by Bradi
*Sung by Tarryn


"Love is," she repeated slowly, "when he is hungry and you feed him. Love is knowing when he is hungry."

"Love is, to be loved," said Alexander, "in return."

The Bronze Horseman is probably the most EPIC love story I've ever read. There just aren't any words adequate enough to describe how much I loved this book! From the moment I started reading it, I could not put it down until I finished the very last page. And even then, I just HAD to start the sec
 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~*
Apr 27, 2012 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~* rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of epic love stories
Recommended to Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~* by: Viola and Quinn

"He wanted to explain but felt shattered. He was shattered." - Yes, I know, Alexander. Me, too. Review to follow when I feel less shattered. On to Book 2!! ^_^
12+ Hours later….

5+ Stars!!! - Also reviewed at:Lady Jayne's Reading Den

Okay, I figure there is NO WAY I can ever do this book justice, so, I just need to pour out this “review” now, and hopefully in the release of my swirling thoughts and emotions I’m not too nonsensical.

Firstly, I would like to THANK my GR

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Good-bye, my moonsong and my breath, my white nights and golden days, my fresh water and my fire. Good-bye, and may you find a better life, find comfort again and your breathless smile, and when your beloved face lights up once more at the Western sunrise, be sure what I felt for you was not in vain. Good-bye, and have faith, my Tatiana.

I have no words to express my feelings towards this book. All I know with utmost confidence is that I might have just read
Mar 04, 2016 Samantha rated it did not like it
Shelves: on-my-shelf
1.5 stars. And that .5 is for the historical elements which I found to be the redeeming quality of this book. I SUFFERED through 800 pages (which were unnecessarily drawn out) for nearly a MONTH reading this book with flat characters, a horribly toxic relationship, and a plot that goes in circles. It's been a while since a book has made me this angry. A lengthy video review will be upcoming on my channel. OMFG.
5 stars is not enough!

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This was probably the most beautiful, heart stopping, tragically EPIC love stories I’ve ever read. EVER. Talk about FEELING when you read... I felt EVERYTHING reading this story. It took me days to complete, which isn’t my norm, and I was a wreck the entire time. It consumed me. Utterly and completely consumed me.

I can’t begin to express how wonderful this book was. I’m not even going to attempt to summarize the story. This story is impossible to review properly. No matte
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Jul 18, 2012 Stacia (the 2010 club) rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Stacia (the 2010 club) by: Leea
" and I had only one moment.." said Alexander, "A single moment in time, in your time and instant, when another life could have still been possible."

This might very well be the most exquisitely-written blend of historical fiction and romance in one book that I have ever read. Dare I even say that this heart-wrenching and beautiful tale has taken over the top spot from Outlander? I know. I can't believe it myself. Both are 5 star books and both will stay on my all time f
Pavlina loves Dex ❤❤

I'm so jealous, I saw that many of my friends were reading one of the most amazing books I have ever read and I couldn't resist!! Re-reading and I will post a new review!!!


Aug 01, 2013 kristina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

No matter what I write for this book it won't be enough. The bronze horseman is definitely a unique book. Tatiana's and Alexander's love story will take you into an emotional rollercoaster but I dont think that you will regret what you read,at least I didn’t.

“A bus came. The soldier turned away from her and walked toward it. Tatiana watched him. Even his walk was from another world; the step was too sure, the stride too long, yet somehow it all seemed right, looked right, felt right. It was lik

I just have no accurate words to describe how I'm feeling right now after reading this book. I had NO IDEA what I was getting into when I started it, I just knew everybody who read it adored it so I was almost certain I would probably be feeling the same way. Saying I adored this book is not really enough. It was such a surprise for me, such an emotional and heart-breaking read, a complete roller-coaster of all exis
Alexis *Reality Bites*
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS MINOR SPOILERS -mature content reader discretion is advised.
5 STARS out of 5
Genre: Romance

“Tania,” he whispered passionately, “you are naked and underneath me!” As if he could not believe it himself.
“Alexander,” she said, still trembling, “you are naked and above me.” She felt him rubbing against her. They kissed.
“I can’t believe it,” he said, his breath shallow. “I didn’t think this day would ever come.” He paused and then whispered, “Yet I couldn’t imagine my life witho
Jul 10, 2015 Sanaa rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015-read
[2.5 Stars] I think my updates pretty much sum up my feelings for this book, but let me go into a little bit more detail here. I'm going to begin with the things I liked: the world building for the historical setting, pretty much any of the parts about Tatiana and her family dealing with the hardships of war, and the writing. I loved getting to know this Russia, seeing the struggles of Tatiana's family and everyone else in Leningrad, and it was just overall really interesting being thrust into t ...more
Amy (Foxy)
May 31, 2014 Amy (Foxy) rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Amy (Foxy) by: Kristin (KC)
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Every once in awhile a book enters our life that changes the way we think and feel.

Reading this book but felt like watching a WW2 documentary that included a love story. The Bronze Horseman could be categorized as a realistic historical fiction. The whole scenario felt real. When the characters suffered I suffered along with them in my everyday life. Watching this family struggle to survive in Russi
Kristin (KC)

It's hard to write a complete review when I'm not yet finished with trilogy, but I will say that I LOVED this book!

Alexander and Tatiana are, hands down, the greatest hero and heroine I've come across. Alexander is the usual gorgeous, possessive male but he has so much more; he is faithful and unconditionally honorable. And Tania is the strongest, sweetest, most selfless heroine I've ever come across. I'm head over heels in love with them both and I've never hurt more for any charac
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
One day, Tatiana's childhood life changes forever and it's not the beginning of the War that I'm talking about. It's the moment she was sitting on a bench in the sunshine eating ice cream, yes....that moment, the moment she saw Shura for the first time and her life would never be the same.

Okay, I'm sure you've seen it all before and you've maybe read a few reviews or at least a comment here or there...I think it's impossible to not have heard of this book somewhere. And you've thought, hmmmm...
Smitten's Book Blog

You want me review this??? Are you kidding me? How the hell do you review a book like The Bronze Horseman?!

I read this book until 2.45am last night. I said to myself, 'I'll read until I finish this book and then I'll sleep.'
So I read until I finished. And I cried. And I tossed and turned and I couldn't help starting book two! And I read that until 4.30am!

And then I dreamt about Alexander and Tatiana. And then I woke up at 7am (On a Sunday!!) and couldn't sleep, so I read again. And now it's 11am
Dec 17, 2015 Karen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
.....I'm speechless......all I can say now is that this may be my favorite book of all time!!!! I'm too overwhelmed to write a review at this moment.... so much... so much going on in my head. I think I may have post-traumatic stress disorder. I stand in awe of this author's talent. I must push on to book two, but first I must rest.
Jul 07, 2014 Regan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-owned-read
This book was wonderful, intense, and quite frankly exhausting. It truly was a ride. I had some minor problems with this and I mean MINOR so I am giving it a 4.85 haha

Those problems were pure maiden trope got slightly old and happiness was so closely related only to sex which got a little repetitive.

I might/ probably will be doing a mini review on this.
Jun 06, 2013 Brenna rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Brenna by: AJ

Attempting to write a review for this book is almost ridiculous. There really is no way to properly express how incredible this story is. It’s just… EVERYTHING!

From reading the synopsis alone, I can tell you I never would have picked this book up. Never. So I don’t blame you if you are apprehensive about this one, because I was. Regardless of how many people told me it was amazing, I was still nervous. Historical romances are not my thing and it’s LONG. I get it…
Anabel (inthebookcorner)
Dec 19, 2015 Anabel (inthebookcorner) rated it it was amazing
Still one of my favorite books ever <3 This story is so heartbreaking and beautiful! So glad that I can finally go ahead and read the sequel now.
Jul 07, 2016 Beatriz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Creo que pocas veces he leído un libro tan tremendamente impactante y emotivo, que logra mantenerte sumergido en sus más de 700 páginas sin dar respiro. Las descripciones de la guerra y en especial de Leningrado sitiado por los alemanes, con todo el paso de suministros cortado, son realmente desgarradoras. La autora nos hace sentir en carne propia el hambre y el frío de la ciudad.

Con este escenario de fondo, al que además se suman las ya de por sí duras condiciones de vida de la Unión Soviética
Aug 03, 2016 Rag added it
Shelves: no-rating, historical
First and last historical romance I'm ever reading.

God what am I feeling. What do I feel?


*taking a deep and calming breath*

Never in my life have I felt so incoherent about a book in my life. It's been a year since I purchased this book. A year of attempting to read it and when I do guess what, This happened.
Oh my... I'm speechless. If you have ever been in some type of trauma, you will understand how I feel right now. I think it is shock. I was in a car accident once and it was kind of like this afterward. I have read so many books, I can't even start to number them. There have been a lot that I have really liked, some that were great, but this, The Bronze Horseman, it is in a league of it's own. This book is epic. I laughed, I cried, I was angry, but mostly I was BREATHLESS. Wow! There are not a ...more
Claire Mojieski
When I finished reading this book today, I kept the book open on my lap turned to the last page. Then I went back and reread a few of my favorite parts and still sat there with the book open on my lap. Finally my husband asked how long it was going to take me to read that page because I hadn't moved in an hour. Why did I do this? I didn't want the story to end! I absolutely loved this story so much that I didn't want it to end and that is why I found myself unable to even close the book.

This is
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Paullina Simons was born in Leningrad, USSR, in 1963. At the age of ten her family immigrated to the United States. Growing up in Russia Paullina dreamt of someday becoming a writer. Her dream was put on hold as she learned English and overcame the shock of a new culture.

After graduating from university and after various jobs including working as a financial journalist and as a translator Paullin
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