My rating: 2 of 5 stars
A somewhat interesting alternate fantasy history for historical figure Grigori Rasputin. Unfortunately this volume doesn’t stand up by itself and I found the whole thing rather confusing. The story jumps back and forth in time from present day America to the last days of the reign of Tsar Nicholas II. Maybe if I’d read the first volume I would have loved it but I’m just not sure. It certainly seemed as if it had the potential to be quite fantastical but it ended up feeling like you just got preview scenes from a larger story.
Here’s Rasputin telling his life story to some reporter, a decision I can’t quite wrap my head around to be honest.
There are quite a few splash pages throughout the book similar to this with quotes on them. I find them strangely compelling.
This was the aspect of the book that I got pretty excited about but it didn’t go on long enough, just wetted your appetite for more.
I received an advance reader copy of this book through NetGalley’s Read It Now selections.