The Rasputin Dagger
Corgi, 400 pages, €10.99
Nina travels to St Petersburg to escape a tumultuous past and with the hope of carving out a bright future. Stefan is a young and idealistic medical student who wants to help bring change for Russia and its people. Amid the chaos of a grand city in revolt, Nina and Stefan’s paths cross and a stormy relationship ensues.
But Nina finds herself pulled into the opulent world of the Russian royal family where she begins to fall under the spell of the mysterious monk Grigori Rasputin. The ruby-studded dagger he carries could deliver a great life for her and Stefan — or lead to their demise...
Breslin’s young adult book takes on some big themes from Russian history and makes them accessible to all.