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Under a Blood Red Sky by Kate Furnivall
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May 14, 15

bookshelves: historical, 2000-09-release, russia
Read in November, 2008

I have nursed a slight obsession with Russia for years, so I was naturally intrigued by this, despite my concern that it might turn out to be a syrupy romance. I needn't have worried - it's a fantastically enjoyable, fast-paced adventure packed with unexpected twists and complex characters. And although this is primarily a novel about love and friendship, the attention to historical detail is extraordinary, making the book's depiction of life in Stalin's Russia incredibly vivid and believable. The action rarely lets up and the story always feels fresh; I raced through the book and stayed up all night to finish it. There are some plot holes, and the writing is slightly clumsy in places, but this was so much fun to read that I can easily forgive its flaws.
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