Written by: Robert Alexander
Released: January 19, 2006 by Viking Adult
Summary: From the bestselling author of The Kitchen Boy with the same riveting historical narrative that made The Kitchen Boy a national bestseller and a book club favourite, Robert Alexander returns to revolutionary Russia for the harrowing tale of Rasputin's final days as told by his youthful and bold daughter, Maria. Interrogated by the Provisional Government on the details of her father's death, Maria vividly recounts a politically tumultuous Russia, where Rasputin's powerful influence over the throne is unsettling to all levels of society, and the threats to his life are no secret.
I first read this book while in my first year of university and in need of something to read before I went to sleep that wasn’t a text book. The only reason that I picked up this book was that it caught my attention in the store and I love reading about the Romanov family and what happened before and after the war broke out. There’s just so much mystery surrounding their deaths that it’s always so interesting to read about what could have happened.
This book definitely didn’t disappoint. It was so refreshing and different to read about the events from the perspective of the daughter of the ever-villainized Rasputin. To see the emotions that the main character Maria shows towards her family, but most of all her father, you see conflicting inner turmoil which happens while a young girl is coming into adulthood.
It’s been several years since I’ve read this book and all that I can really remember is that I loved it. I think that since I’m incredibly fuzzy on the details I need to reread this book soon to truly remember why I loved it so much the first time around. I’m giving this book a 9/10.