Release Date: May 22, 2001
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Against this backdrop of danger and uncertainty, Tatiana meets Alexander, an officer in the Red Army whose self-confidence sets him apart from most Russian men and helps to conceal a mysterious and troubled past.
Once the relentless winter and the German army's blockade take hold of the city, the Metanovs are forced into ever more desperate measures to survive. With bombs falling and food becoming scarce, Tatiana and Alexander are drawn to each other in an impossible love that threatens to tear her family apart and reveal his dangerous secret -- a secret as destructive as the war itself. Caught between two deadly forces, the lovers find themselves swept up in a tide of history at a turning point in the century that made the modern world.
THE BRONZE HORSEMAN was recommended to me by a cousin, Adry, of ours over a year ago and I have to say I was both heartbroken and in love at the end. I had doubts at first because books set during the World War isn't really my thing but due to Adry's gushing I decided to plow through the thing. I have to say, it wasn't easy going through this 637 paged book not because of PSimons writing but due to the heart wrenching drama, tragedy and triumph that surrounds Tatiana and Alexander and the rest of Russia during the war.
Just like that Leo Tolstoy novel, War and Peace or the movie classic Doctor Zhivago (1965), this story is riveting as it illustrates not only the journey and hardships of the characters but dabbles in politics, communism and poverty during this time period. THE BRONZE HORSEMAN is filled with death, war and famine against the backdrop of a seemingly Winter paradise that is Russia and in the middle of all this tragedy is Tatiana and Alexander whose budding and enduring love for each other is the proverbial rose in winter. IMHO, there's nothing romantic in this book in the sense that though Tatiana and Alexander are in a relationship, there are a lot of factors that gets in the way of seeing that romance through. But if by romance you mean surviving every obstacle that crossed their paths, then THE BRONZE HORSEMAN gets five cauldrons for that.
This epic tale put my heart through the wringer, I can only imagine what it was like to live through a World War with rationed foods and curfews let alone survive it in the middle of a Siberian Winter. It painted a grim picture of what human survival truly is and there is nothing pretty about it. Tatiana has got to be one of my favorite heroines, I can't expound on the why without revealing major spoilers but she'd be a lot like Zoya Fyodorova or Anne Frank if she survived the Holocaust and lived to adulthood. As for Alexander, he'd be the human/ real version of Dimitri Belikov (Vampire Academy) or any soldier for that matter who went to war, fought and struggled to survive if only to go back to the peace, comfort and security of their family.
Now this is what boggles my mind, it seems like the one I read was the condensed version, or maybe just books 1 & 2 combined in one volume. Much to both my dismay and delight, this is a trilogy and that Tatiana and Alexander is bound to have a HEA after all. I have yet to read The Summer Garden but I can already tell that major waterworks is on the way and I, for one, am ready to stock up on a box of Kleenex as a companion for the last novel.
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