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The Rasputin Dagger

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  122 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Shortlisted for the Historical Association's Young Quills Award 2018

Russia, 1916.

Nina Ivanovna’s world is in turmoil. Her only hope is to travel to St Petersburg, to escape the past and find a future.

Stefan Kolodin is a medical student – young and idealistic, he wants change for Russia and its people.

Amidst the chaos of a city in revolt, their lives collide. And a stormy
Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 10th 2017 by Corgi Childrens
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Suzey Ingold
I had very high expectations for this book—perhaps just because I have such an interest in the history of this period—and was, unfortunately, a little let down. I desperately wanted to enjoy it more than I did and it was an easy enough read, but none of it quite felt convincing. The "twist" two-thirds through was disappointingly predictable and not at all developed or tied back to the plot in a way that made it feel worth it; the romance was remembered, forgotten about, and then suddenly remembe ...more
Christina Reid
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Picked this up from the library after searching for another of Theresa Breslin's books which wasn't in stock and wondering how I missed this one before - the Russian Revolution is such a fascinating time in history and the story of the Romanovs still captures imaginations so powerfully!
From what I know of the period, the historical setting is quite accurate, as well as the descriptions of the royal family. I loved Stefan as a character as well as the friends around him. Nina was also great, alth
Dec 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: on-my-shelf
This is a fun way to learn more about Russia’s political and economical state during World War One BUT a historical recount is not what is advertised in the blurb. I was able to fly through this pretty easily because I’ve studied this period of time ruthlessly and find it really interesting, however in terms of originality and character development, it falls very short. Most of the characters felt superficial, glazed over and largely got lost in the waves of historical information that was const ...more
Dec 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya
Actually, reader, I didn’t finish this book. I got to around page 100, and then just decided that I couldn’t read any further as I was only negligibly engaged by the characters and the story. As someone else on here said, this is a fascinating period of history, but this isn’t the story to do it justice. Why? Because everything is just sketched in, from the people to the places to the history, it is like reading nothing but a synopsis for a 1000 page book.
Alix Long
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved The Rasputin Dagger. I didn't really know what to expect going into it, but pretty much after the first chapter, I was hooked. Right from the very first page I was sucked in to this world, which was superbly and intricately described. Right from meeting Stefan, I knew that he would become one of my favourite characters, who I would be rooting for the whole way throughout. All of the characters were so well described and it was very interesting to read how they all interacted w ...more
May 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
I really enjoyed learning about this time period but I did think that the whole dagger portion was unnecessary and the premise therefor was misleading if you didnt enjoy the historical aspect. I did love the characters but i felt like parts were predictable.
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was an awful book to read, but only because the subject was both tragic and true. Very well written and fascinating. A great mix of fact and fiction. High four stars.
Gina G
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick enjoyable read, I find Russian history particularly fascinating, so it meant I enjoyed it even more.
Meredith Mara
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5/5 stars :)
Moira McPartlin
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, ebook, scottish, ya
Fab adventure set in Russia during the revolution. As well as enjoying a cracking story I learn lots about this period in history.
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. The idea of twin daggers were awesome and characters amazing.The ending of the story was epic.
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kind of unsatisfying ending... would've liked something better but still a good book. ...more
enjoyed the setting and the time period. story didn't do it enough for me in the end though ...more
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: once-upon-a-time
YA historical fiction does not get the praise it deserves. Heartwrenching story set during the downfall of Imperial Russia and the rise of the USSR. Very heavy on the historical context and light on the romance, definitely worth a read.
Mark Johnson
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Engaging historical teen fiction of Rasputin and the Russian revolution.
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Theresa Breslin was born and brought up in Kirkintilloch, a small town in central Scotland. She is the recipient of the Carnegie Medal, Britain's most prestigious children's book award, for Whispers in the Graveyard, and her books for young people receive critical acclaim and appear regularly on children's book award short lists in the United Kingdom. A longtime librarian, Breslin was awarded life ...more

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