Citadels of Fire

Kremlins, Book 1
Narrated by: Cathy Burnham Martin
Series: Kremlins, Book 1
Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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In a world where danger hides in plain sight and no one aspires to more than what they were born to, Inga must find the courage to break the oppressive chains she's been bound with since birth. 

Even as a maid in the infamous Kremlin, life in 16th-century Russia is bleak and treacherous. That is, until Taras arrives. Convinced that his mother's death when he was a boy was no mere accident, he returned from England to discover what really happened. While there, he gains favor from the Tsar later known as Ivan the Terrible, the most brutal and notorious ruler ever to sit upon the throne of Russia. 

Up against the social confines of the time, the shadowy conspiracies that cloak their history, and the sexual politics of the Russian Imperial court, Inga and Taras must discover their past, plan for their future and survive the brutality that permeates life within the four walls that tower over them all, or they may end up like so many citizens of ancient Russia: nothing but flesh and bone mortar for the stones of the Kremlin wall.

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Very informative

I’m not sure how to review this book. I liked the story a lot and I thought the narrator read the story well, but it was hard for me to get past the sound effects. Sometimes they were jarring or comical to hear. I didn’t feel like they helped the story at all- I don’t need to hear a laugh or scream when the narrator says they screamed or laughed. It seemed like I was listening to a child’s read along book. The narrator did a great job with the voices and the accents I just hated the sound effects. It was a book that took me forever to get through because of it. I prefer to use my own imagination for that stuff. I loved all the historical information about Russia and the people who lived there I just wish I had read the book instead of listening to it.

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History

I received this as an audiobook free in exchange for an honest review. I came across this series and decided to take a chance on it without really reading the blurb or doing any further research into it. I also believe this is the first of this author that I have read/listened to. I am so glad I took that chance. I love both the characters. I can't wait for 2.

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A story full of history and intrigued!

So I came across this series and decided to take a chance on it without really reading the blurb or doing any further research into it. I also believe this is the first of this author that I have read/listened to. I am so glad I took that chance. I love both the characters, Inga and Taras. They are very well written and well developed. I love that Inga is able to overcome her harsh childhood, that she doesn't let that define her. She tries her best and looks for the good in every day, even if she is but a servant. Taras, on the other hand, is born to status and upper class yet because of things that happens, he grows up quite humble. Unlike many in the upper class who feel they can take whatever they want from whomever, Taras is one who shows respect for everyone in every walk of life.

This is such a wonderful book full of Russian history. I am always intrigue with history but didn't know much about this time period covered in this book, which got me looking up more information on certain side characters based on living people during the time frame. It's been quite interesting. I cannot wait to start the next book in this series!

I am voluntarily leaving an honest review. All thoughts and opinion expressed are my own.

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Amazing read

Incredible, epic read. 368 pages & over 13 hours of reading/listening but seems longer as it is so detailed & entertaining. I have to go into book 2 next!

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grand Russia

sometimes I almost forget the grand scale of the stories in a full sized book. I could picture the harsh but decadent life of the Czar palace, the horror of the burning of Moscow, and the helplessness of the servants. this story weaves an impressive tale of behind the scenes of Russian life and what people endured while telling a sweet love story. sweet yes, but I recommend an older audience as there's plenty of violence. with sound effects here and there and music between chapters I really could see this turned into a TV series. it certainly has the drama for it.