My name is Anastasia . . . The history books say I died . . . They don’t know the half of it.
Anastasia “Nastya” Romanov was given a single mission: to smuggle an ancient spell into her suitcase on her way to exile in Siberia. It might be her family’s only salvation. But the leader of the Bolshevik army is after them, and he’s hunted Romanov before.
Nastya’s only chances of saving herself and her family are either to release the spell and deal with the consequences, or to enlist help from Zash, the handsome soldier who doesn’t act like the average Bolshevik. Nastya has only dabbled in magic, but it doesn’t frighten her half as much as her growing attraction to Zash. She likes him. She thinks he might even like her.
That is, until she’s on one side of a firing squad . . . and he’s on the other.
Praise for Romanov:
“I am obsessed with this book! A magical twist on history that will have Anastasia fans wishing for more. I loved every detail Brandes wrote. If you love magic and Imperial Russia, you want Romanov on your shelf!” —Evelyn Skye
“Romanov will cast a spell on readers and immerse them in a history anyone would long to be a part of.” —Sasha Alsberg
“If you think you know the story behind Anastasia Romanov, think again! The perfect blend of history and fantasy, Romanov takes a deeper look at the days leading up to the family’s tragedy, while also exploring the possibilities behind the mysteries that have long intrigued history buffs everywhere. Brandes weaves a brilliant and intricate saga of love, loss, and the power of forgiveness. Prepare to have your breath stolen by this gorgeous novel of brilliant prose and epic enchantment.” —Sara Ella
“Jessica Ball narrates a reimagining of Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna. In this fantasy, set during the Russian Revolution, the youngest daughter of the last tsar is a spell master who may be her family's only hope for salvation. Ball manages to portray a plethora of emotions—from Nastya's petulance at her family's ongoing imprisonment to her longing and desire for Zash, a Bolshevik soldier who is guarding the family with whom she's having a hidden romance. Later, listeners feel her rage over the assassination of her family and her own murder by Zash. Ball's strong use of accents and varied voices, especially those of the young tsarevich and the older leader of the army, add to a story that will appeal to fans of romance and historical fiction.” —AudioFile
Full-length, stand-alone YA historical reimaginingIncludes a special bonus chapter!Includes discussion questions for book clubs!