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1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutly terrible, 3 Aug 2009
M. C. Barnard - See all my reviews
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It's been a long time since I've read a book I have wanted to throw out of my window. This was one.
It is meant to be a work of fiction, but it would have been nice if I could have believe some of it. I love Russian history and have studied the Romanovs for many years. This book insults their memory and brings down history to a soap opera level.
The idea that Tatiana escaped the slaughter of the Romanov family was a brilliant one and I was so enthusiastic to read this book. Only just a few pages in I grew angry and insulted, as an historian, that a fellow historian could right so much rubbish. I put the book away and came back to it a month later. It did not get any better.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat interesting, but dissapointing, 21 July 2009
K. Turner (Gloucestershire, UK) - See all my reviews
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'The Tsarina's Daughter' is based on events surrounding the Russian Revolution and the Romanov family, from the perspective of the second eldest daughter, Tatiana. People have speculated for decades over what happened to the family and this novel plays on the idea that Tatiana managed to escape and survive to tell her story. The idea for this novel is truly intruiging, and for once it's not Anastasia who plays the main character, making this story somewhat original, as it offers a new perspective.
As a novel, by itself, it's fine. Entertaining, and easy to read. However, it is obvious the author did very little research into her historical characters and events. Not only this, but the story of Tatiana's escape is unconvincing, and the writing is weak and sensationalist, trying to squeeze drama out of every paragraph. Characters are simply written, and come off as whiney, boring and idiotic. Only a couple, such as Tatiana herself and her love interests, are seen in a good light. This could have been a wonderful story, if it had been written more convincingly. All in all, it's a mediocre attempt at a good novel, and should be taken very lightly by those who read it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars ABYSMAL!!!!, 13 Jan 2011
Hisame (I am the Dragon from the desert who appears from nowhere and leaves no trace) - See all my reviews
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I cannot get over as to how bad and utterly ridiculous this book is. Don't believe me? Then consider the following:

- Dr. Freud appears to assess Alexandra under the auspices of a fake name and the evil Grandmother Minnie. At the first meeting Alexandra, (and bear in mind that this is a formal occasion), appears wearing a kimono robe!!

- Helena Princess Christian makes an apperance but does nothing more than go on about how much she hated her sister Alice. If the author had known anything she would have known that Princess Christian WROTE THE PREFACE for a book remembering Alice and helped put the memoir together.

- Olga and Tatiana never had their own rooms or had such a feud where they couldn't stand to be around each other. They weren't 21st century teenagers. I would have thought that the author would have known a seemingly small detail like that from researching her other terrible book on Alexandra.

-Grigory "Rasputin" Efimorvich
The author chooses to call him "Nony" - yes that is what he was known as, its an obscure fact and because its an obscure fact it sounds silly here and like the author (along with a lot of other things) has pulled it out of thin air. Rasputin has some kind of stupid catchphrase of which I don't care to remember.

- Dowager Empress Marie Feodorovna Romanov
Evil and sadistic, she starts off by calling Olga ugly as she has a large forehead apparently and threatening to beat Tatiana with her riding whip. She also institutes an iron corset to make Tatiana sit up straight; in tears Tatiana confesses this to Ella who puts a stop to it. Minnie is later banished from Russia by Nicholas, (who says that she is a troublemaker and he is glad he never has to see her again, sentiments that Tatiana echoes), and goes to live in Denmark.

- Edward VII (Uncle Bertie)
I know that Bertie had his moments such as dancing the Can Can in Paris with waiters while a horrified Crown Prince Rudolph of Austria looked on, but I doubt very much he was a complete slob that slathered sauce on all his food, had table manners akin to a pig at the Ritz, conducted music with his fork and threw food around the room.

- Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna Romanov
In this tale, and there is no other way of putting it, she is a total and utter hobag. "Tanya" confides in her all about her love affair with this doctor and Olga lets her have a room above her garage (apparently it is implied she lives in a town house, most likely at the mercy of revolutionaries) to let them christen the union. Olga also brags about banging members of her fathers staff.

- All the children slept on hard campbeds without pillows, pillows where only allowed when ill. This and other small basic details irritated me like the name of Tatiana's dog...why change it? For what reason? It doesn't add to the story, it just makes the author look even more incompetant.

I too had moments when I wanted to fling this book out of a window or into the nearest fire, especially when reading how Tatiana snuck out of the palace on several occasions to visit "Smokestack Town", (I guess the Secret Police where on strike that day), her romances with Prince Aldabert of Prussia and an aristocratic Doctor, the seemingly endless pregnancy of Daria (where Tatiana seems to age three years before she gives birth), Nicholas' womanising, getting drunk, having his valet put make-up on him to hide the debauchery and visiting clubs AND worse of all ALEXANDRA going to attack The Empress Dowager and being held back by her sister Ella!!

This whole book was just utterly stupid. Its a waste of money, time, ink, paper and effort.
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