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Enchantments

A Novel

Harrison, Kathryn

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Enchantments
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Rasputin's daughter, Masha, is sent to live with the royal family after her father's death. Tsarina Alexandra asks her to tend to Prince Aloysha, hoping that she has inherited Rasputin's healing powers. After Tsar Nikolay is forced to abdicate, Masha and Aloysha find solace in each other's company and tell stories as a way to escape their confinement by the Bolsheviks. In the worlds of their imagination the weak become strong, legend becomes fact, and a future that will never come to pass feels close.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780679644231
1400063477
9781400063475
Branch Call Number: HARRISON K
Harrison, K
Characteristics: xii, 314 p. ; 25 cm

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Dec 17, 2012
  • BostonPL_LibraryPrograms rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Named one of 2012's "Books to Watch for" by Vogue, Newsweek, and TheMillions.com

Aug 10, 2012
  • walkermom rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

good novel, but I would have enjoyed it more if I did not have some previous knowledge of Russian history.

Jun 22, 2012
  • poubeans rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

From the description, you'd think this would be an exciting historical fiction novel about the fall of the Romanovs, but pay close attention to the part about Masha and Aloysha sitting under house arrest and telling each other stories, because that is ALL that happens. It was tediously slow and repetitive and I found it a struggle to get to the minimal payoff at the end. I wouldn't bother reading this one.

Apr 03, 2012
  • ohtethys rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

At times I found the prose a little slow-moving but the descriptions of Russia at the time, the destitution of the poor contrasted with the opulence of Romanovs, are detailed and so well-written. The real strength of the book is in the characters...especially Rasputin and the Romanovs. If you love historical fiction, you'll be pleased with this book.

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