The names Romanov, Rasputin, Russia, and revolution are synonymous with political upheaval, warfare, poverty, and prophecy during the first part of the 20th century. For those who are fans of history, mystery, and magic, Author Dora Levy Mossanen’s latest novel, The Last Romanov, is a luxurious romp through the palaces and extravagances of the last Tsar set against the heart-wrenching scarcity of life as a peasant.
Ms. Mossanen weaves together a tapestry of poetic prose that launches the reader on a journey of historical significance and imaginative invention. From the first mention of wild aurochs in the ancient forest to the fluttering butterflies of the opal-eyed Darya with her necklace of perfumed ambergris to the swaying hips of the intoxicating exotic dancer, Jasmine, you will be catapulted into a world of opulence and indulgence where distinguishing facts from fiction is work for detectives.
Brilliantly captured in words, each character is fully developed and presented with authenticity and flair. Great care was taken in researching the royal family, their extravagant lifestyle, their palaces, gardens, friends, and enemies. The manner in which author Dora Mossanen depicted the deep love between the Tsar Nicholas and his German bride coupled with their devotion to their offspring is heart connecting, making one mourn the fate we know is chronicled in history books. Yet, at the same time, we are repelled by the blatant hatred and persecution of the Jews as well as the blindness to the plight of the population at large suffering hunger and thirst while the royals feasted on Beluga caviar and expensive vodka. With the Romanov’s refusal to acknowledge the tumultuous unrest of the populace and their all consuming desire to heal their ailing son at any cost, it is no surprise that the drunken, sex depraved mystic, Rasputin, powered the downfall of their dynasty.
Dora Levy Mossanen is an enchanting and thrilling storyteller. She delivers a rich banquet of love, romance, deceit, despair, denial, myth, and prophecy spiced by the existing evolution of the simmering Bolshevik Revolution. The Last Romanov is a feast of gargantuan proportions, utterly satisfying until the final sentence when you will utter, “More please!”
Cynthia Brian, New York Times best selling author, TV/Radio personality/ Founder, Be the Star You Are!® charity, www.CynthiaBrian.com
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