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The Kitchen Boy

May 1, 2007

A Novel of the Last TsarAnother book from my Spring Reading Thing, The Kitchen Boy by Robert Alexander was one of the three books I took down to Jamaica with me for some vacation reading. Even though I barely made it through two of those books (I spent a lot of time swimming around in the pool with my five year old daughter) I am so glad that I read this one. I missed reading it for the discussion over at Our Coffee Rings and I regret it since it is the perfect book for a book club.  

Even though it is a slim novel and the cover art I find to be uninspiring, the book itself is an insightful look into the time of the Russian Revolution. As history states, Tsar Nikolai and his entire family were brutally executed in their own home. In the 1990’s the bodies of the Romanov family were found in a secret grave – all except for two of the children. This fictitious re-telling, by the kitchen boy Leonka, of these true-life events is intriguing. 

I have really just started reading historical fiction, but with books like The Last Boleyn Girl (which I reviewed here) and The Kitchen Boy as starters, I am looking forward to reading more. For further information about The Kitchen Boy, check out the review by blogger Sassymonkey here or over at

6 Comments leave one →
  1. May 3, 2007 11:16 pm

    Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres. Glad you enjoyed this one – he definitely has a knack for storytelling and provided us with a very intimate glimpse into the last days of this royal family.

  2. May 4, 2007 11:03 am

    That sounds very interesting – thanks for the info. I too am just getting into historical fiction!

  3. May 4, 2007 2:09 pm

    Hey Steph! I have been wondering about this one. I need to check it out.

  4. May 7, 2007 12:27 pm

    I hadn’t heard about this!!! Thanks for the heads up. Now I have to work on my plan to convince my hubby to go with me . . . hm, this is gonna be a tough one!


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