The Rasputin Dag­ger

Irish Independent - Weekend Review - - FRONT PAGE -

Theresa Bres­lin

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.

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