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Citadels of Fire

(Kremlins #1)

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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  50 ratings  ·  25 reviews
In a world where danger hides in plain sight and no one aspires to more than what they were born to, Inga must find the courage to break the oppressive chains she’s been bound with since birth.

As a maid in the infamous Kremlin, life in 16th-century Russia is bleak and treacherous. That is, until Taras arrives. Convinced that his mother’s death when he was a boy was no mer
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 27th 2014 by Jolly Fish Press (first published April 14th 2014)
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Kara-karina
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
I am truly sorry I did not like this book, but I take my love for historical fiction seriously. The writing style was uninspiring and could not keep my interest, the characters did not make me feel for them. Also the language was way too modern and I really felt uncomfortable with that. Words like "social call", "infection"? They did not exist in 16th century Russia. There were major cultural blunders as well. Like Last Rites said in Latin instead of Russian Church Slavonic language... Alexander ...more
Russian
May 28, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
OMFG what did I just read? This was a DNF before I got to the end of the first chapter. I just can't believe the claims that this book is 'well-researched' when the first line of the first chapter is "More vodka!"

... does the author not realize that vodka didn't exist? Or that Russians drank, on average, 1/3 - 1/2 as much as their German, English & French brethren during the reign of the Tsars?

In the opening lines of the chapter, we are presented with a very young girl (uncertain how young,
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Saundra Wright
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
L. K. Hill brings to life the Kremlin and Russia just before and during the early years of Ivan the Terrible's reign! Whether you love Russian history or know nothing about it this is a fanstic book. Meticulous research is the foundation for the saga of the lives of Inga and Taras, each either functionally or literally orphaned during the novel as children. Growing up as an orphan anywhere can be hard. In Russia during this era it can be brutal!

Inga is brought to the Kremlin as a child and train
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Elda
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent book!

This was a rather lengthy and involved book which I considered well worth my time. It dealt with many different stages of Russian history during the time of Ivan the Great and Terrible. The two POVs are Inga, a young girl adopted as a kitchen servant by the head kitchen maid, and also Taras, the son of a council member to the Tzar, Ivan’s father. Tara’s and Inga briefly met early on but Taras’ and his Father fled Russia after the murder of his mother. It wasn’t until fifteen ye
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Sheri J. Ekelmann
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: done
Citadels of Fire (Kremlins) ... Book 1 by K.L. Hill
I got this book from bookbob or some other freebies site. Loved the cover but I not really a history buff or read books about history. I Though why not give it a chance. The first chapter had me hook, line and sinker to read more about Inga! I am amazed how fast I was involved with Inga.
. The owner of the inn took Inga outside and was whipping Inga to pay for her father’s bill. Inga was a child. Passing by was Yehvah who was the head maid in the
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Emma
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is based on true events. I got about a quarter of the way through and had to stop reading. Not that it was not interesting, it's just that some of the topics were too heavy and serious for me to read. It describes the fear of just existing. The stark and dark discrepancy between the working class and the ruling class. There is palace intrigue, murder, beatings, rape and other painful topics. For example, the beatings to a six-year-old and not just the strap but kicking and punching, t ...more
Arial Buza
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very Interesting read

The story was engaging and always kept my interest. It’s clear the author researched this time period thoroughly. I learned a lot I hadn’t known about Russia in that time. The most glaring negative for me was the plethora of typos. If grammar and spelling errors get to you, I would skip this read. I’d recommend the author use something free like Grammarly on this book and then re-upload to Amazon. The errors I saw were very blatant (nonsense words, words repeated, etc.) that
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Rosario Barrera
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A riveting account of the beginning of aivan The Terrible’s reign, Inga and Taras’ story is bittersweet. The attention to detail, their love story, unlikely as it may seem, the description of Russian court life, make a history nerd like me very happy. Secondary characters are also eell written, woven into the story to flesh it out. Highly recommended.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Lorie Douglas
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love the works of this author, no matter the genre. Each character is full of depth and emotions, making you sink your teeth into the tale. Her research is top notch. This epic journey makes you want to savor every moment while not putting it down!
Roger
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredible, epic read. 368 pages & over 13 hours of reading/listening but seems longer as it is so detailed & entertaining. I have to go into book 2 next!
Ren
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I voluntarily review an Advance Reader Cooy of this book. It was a interesting story..
Fiona Andrew
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Historical facts mixed with fiction is a most interesting manner. You become caught up in the lives of the characters and have your favourites that you hope will be successful
. Highly recommend.
Marty Langenberg
Oct 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Not sure about this book. Not really a genre I'm interested in and I didn't finish it. Sorry.
Gaele
May 24, 2014 rated it liked it
I am in a huge historical binge of late, so a change up from the usual romantic-themed stories set in England was a welcome respite. Set in 16th century Russia, the time of Ivan the Terrible, the social divide was near unbreakable: peasants were poor, the rich had everything and there was little to none of the population in the middle.

L.K. Hill uses this class divide to great effect with the heroine of the story, Inga, is born to abject poverty with few benefits above and beyond her great beaut
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Kathleen Kelly
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
Citadel of Fire was a totally different type of historical fiction for my, same era I enjoy 1600's, but this one was about Russian history. This story depicted life in the Russian court and how very difficult life of a life it was for lowly born people. The weather was harsh and there seemed to always be fighting going on. When Inga was a small child she is taken in by a maid, Yehvah, to be trained as a maid and to live in the palace of the Tsar. Life is hard in the palace but Inga adapts. She m ...more
Kristen Cansler
Mar 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: r2r, blog-review
The Good
•Character driven.
•Well written and easy to read.

The Bad
•Drags in a few places.

The Gif


As someone who invests a lot into the characters of a book, Citadels of Fire was a rollercoaster experience for me. The entire story is centered on the characters, and I appreciated that. Most of the time, I liked the characters and their stories. But at times, I found myself wondering where the story was actually going.

There are several characters in the story that stood out to me. I think L.K. Hill
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Terri M.
Mar 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Terri M. by: secondrunreviews@gmail.com
Citadels of Fire by L.K. Hill is a novel set in Russia during the 1500s. For a bit of context, Ivan the Terrible was in the process of becoming a shining political star, or tsar rather, during this period. The novel focuses on two young people, Inga and Taras, trying to make their way in the world during this turbulent time. Their optimistic views of the brutal world ties them together despite the differences in their social standings.

I am almost complete stranger to Russian history. I know very
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Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
Did I enjoy this book: I did.

This story is set in Russia during the 1500s. Ivan the Great has died while his son, Ivan (later named the Terrible) was three years old. His country was in chaos, and even as a child, there were multiple assassination attempts on his life. He grows up to be the Czar of Russia and wages war against his neighbors.

I know little about Russian history, but from what little I gleaned from the internet, the author sticks pretty close to the facts. Into this fascinating st
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Helen
Jun 19, 2014 rated it liked it
I really wanted to love this book, but it was just okay for me. When I realized I was going to finish it today, I was relieved. There wasn't much to keep me coming back. I wasn't engaged with any of the characters. I don't feel like the main characters were developed well enough. For being one of the main characters, I barely knew Inga's motivations or why she did some of the things she did. Taras was somewhat better as we spent more time in his head, but not much. I didn't even know he was reli ...more
Leslie Fisher
I LOVED this book. As an admitted Russophile, I love Russian historical fiction and was excited to find this book, which takes place during the reign of Ivan IV (the Terrible) in the 16th century. Most of the Russian historical fiction I've found takes place in the early 20th century (fall of the Romanov Empire), so the time frame of this novel alone is reason to read it. This book is filled with noble characters, as well as villains, and explores a period of Ivan the Terrible's life than many p ...more
Leslie Fisher
I LOVED this book. As an admitted Russophile, I love Russian historical fiction and was excited to find this book, which takes place during the reign of Ivan IV (the Terrible) in the 16th century. Most of the Russian historical fiction I've found takes place in the early 20th century (fall of the Romanov Empire), so the time frame of this novel alone is reason to read it. This book is filled with noble characters, as well as villains, and explores a period of Ivan the Terrible's life than many p ...more
Judy
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I was totally absorbed in this book. Love rich historical novels. This one wove such a fascinating tale of Russia in the time of Ivan the terrible. Told from the view point of a young kitchen maid and a half Russian half English noble it moves along at a good pace. I see some reviewers referring to the length of the book but my only complaint is that it ended when it it did. I could have stayed lost in this world for a lot longer I sincerely hope there are follow up books. I highly recommen ...more
Sandy Wolters
Review to follow on the Paranormal Romance Guild review page
Christy
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book! Review to come.
Renee Lewis
This is book one of a three part series. The series is set in the time of Ivan the Terrible in Russia. It is fiction, but the facts are great.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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Also publishes under K.L. Conger and Liesel K. Hill.

L.K. Hill is a novelist who writes across three genres. Her crime and historical fiction are written under her initials, L.K., while her scifi/fantasy and dystopian are written under her full name, Liesel K. Hill. She lives in northern Utah and comes from a large, tight-knit family. She plans to keep writing until they nail her coffin shut. Or th
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