lga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia. Like the fingers on a hand — first headstrong Olga, then Tatiana the tallest, Anastasia the smallest, and Maria most hopeful for a ring. These are the daughters of Tsar Nicholas II, Russian grand duchesses living a life steeped in tradition and privilege. For these young women each on the brink of beginning their own lives at the mercy of royal matchmakers, summer 1914 promises to be a precious last wink of time to be sisters together — sisters that still link arms and laugh, sisters that share their dreams and worries, and flirt with the officers of their imperial yacht.
But in a gunshot the future changes — for them, and for Russia.
As World War I ignites across Europe, political unrest sweeps Russia. First dissent, then disorder, mutiny — and revolution. For Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia, the end of their girlhood together is colliding with the end of more than they ever imagined.
At the same time hopeful and hopeless, naive and wise, the voices of these sisters become a chorus singing the final song of Imperial Russia. Impeccably researched and utterly fascinating, acclaimed author Sarah Miller recounts the final days of Imperial Russia with lyricism, criticism and true compassion.
ALA/YALSA Best Book for Young Adults
Kirkus starred review
“Thoroughly researched, poignant and compelling.”
“This thoroughly researched novel brings the four young women to readers in their own voices... [E]ach girl is given time and space to reveal and reflect, and like the best historical novels, this allows modern-day teens to see parts of themselves in very different people....[B]y the heartbreaking book's conclusion, readers will be caught up in the girls’ story.”
“The end may be inevitable and heart breaking, but the journey is fascinating....it never loses its hold on the reader.”
“Meticulous research lends convincing detail to the final year of the Imperial family as the novel approaches its grim conclusion.”
“The author has made the Romanov family real.”
“A finely crafted, character-infused novel that leaves readers wishing it could have ended another way for the Romanovs.”