In a sweeping story straight out of Russian history, Tsar Alexander I and a courageous girl named Nadezhda Durova join forces against Napoleon.
It's 1803, and an adolescent Nadya is determined not to follow in her overbearing Ukrainian mother's footsteps. She's a horsewoman, not a housewife. When Tsar Paul is assassinated in St. Petersburg and a reluctant and naive Alexander is crowned emperor, Nadya runs away from home and joins the Russian cavalry in the war against Napoleon. Disguised as a boy and riding her spirited stallion, Alcides, Nadya rises in the ranks, even as her father begs the tsar to find his daughter and send her home.
Both Nadya and Alexander defy expectations - she as a heroic fighter and he as a spiritual seeker - while the battles of Austerlitz, Friedland, Borodino, and Smolensk rage on.
In a captivating tale that brings Durova's memoirs to life, from bloody battlefields to glittering palaces, two rebels dare to break free of their expected roles and discover themselves in the process.
©2016 Linda Lafferty (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
For me the narrator made the book for me. While it is overall a very good book I almost gave up on it 2 or 3 times. However because I enjoyed the narrator so much I pushed through. If you do not have an interest in this time period and Russia I don't know that this book will be for you.
I adore any book written by Linda Lafferty. She has a way of using exquisite imagery to make you feel like you are participating in the story. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys history or historical fiction books. It is well worth your time.
Totally engage ing and I learned some history.At first I thought it would be a girly book and nearly sent it back,but it caught me and I was absorbed.
Somewhere in the middle
Yes, but often she reads too slowly and deliberately so that it sounds as if she were reading to children. And her voice varies in modulation; sometimes well, other times monotone; it is not consistent. Not the best reader but not the worst. Her Russian accent is pretty good.
Can't say Have not finished. But I like the girl who runs away to the Cossacks. Her mother - however badly served by her husband - is still cruel to her daughter.
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