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The Kitchen Boy by Robert Alexander
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May 17, 2012

liked it

I love Russian history and am fascinated by almost anything on the subject, so it is not surprising that,overall I enjoyed this book. I was interested by the ending, of course.

There were, however, a few things about the book that bugged me. One is the obvious historical issue; call me a sticker for facts, but even a historical fiction book should be historical accurate with the exception of the fictional characters. I don't like books that change history, which is the case in this book. The ending is not even plausible because, even at the time the book was written we knew that all of the Romanovs were killed; no one escaped. I also did not like the style of the book as much; it felt like too much was being told instead of shown, and the narator repeated the same points over and over. This definitely subtracted a star for me, as did the historical issue I mentioned above. Nevertheless, overall I still enjoyed it, a good story and an interesting twist that I liked.


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