The Kitchen Boy
a novel of the last Tsar
by Robert Alexander
4 stars - good historical fiction
ALR Yellow - only slightly, pets mentioned briefly, meet same fate as owners
The Kitchen Boy is a blend of fact, fiction, and speculation about the final days of the Romanov family.
History is so important. If you don't understand the past, how can you understand the present and what drives people from different countries? While I was already familiar with the story of the Romanovs, this book will provide a nice overview of the bloody rise of socialism in the former USSR to those who missed that lesson in their history class.
The story is written from the perspective of the kitchen boy serving the Romanov family during their incarceration in Ipatiev House in Ekaterinburg. He provides a window into the day to day life of the family under house arrest as well as references to events leading up to the Russian revolution.
Well, written and engaging. More has been discovered about the Romanov's since the book was written which makes what would have been speculation in 2003, outright fabrication. That in no way detracted from my enjoyment of the story.