Name & Author: The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
Release Date: July 7th 2000
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Historical
Book One in The Bronze Horseman trilogy.
A Love of extraordinary power.
Leningrad 1941. Two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha, share the same bed, living in one room with their brother and parents. It is a hard, impoverished life, yet the Metanovs know many who are not as fortunate as they.
The family routine is shattered on 22 June 1941 when Hitler invades Russia. For the Metanovs, for Leningrad and for Tatiana, life will never be the same again. On that fateful day, Tatiana meets a brash young officer named Alexander.
The family suffers as Hitler’s army advances on Leningrad, and the Russian winters closes in. With bombs falling and the city under siege, Tatiana and Alexander are drawn to each other in an impossible love. It is a love that could tear Tatiana’s family apart, a love that carries a secret that could mean death for anyone who hears it.
Confronted on one hand by Hitler’s unstoppable war machine and on the other by a Soviet system determined to crush the human spirit, Tatiana and Alexander are pitted against the very tide of history, at a turning point in the century that made the modern world.
This book has been sitting on my bookshelf for quite some time now. I kept from reading it because it is huge (637 pages) and the letters are tiny. Don’t let these thing stoping you from reading The Bronze Horseman. Dive straight in, the book is amazing.
This book is a epic love story set in time of war. How much better can it get? Tatiana and Alexander meet on the day Germans invade Russia. And from that their undying, and doomed, love begins.
Tatiana is very naive girl. She puts everyone’s needs in front of her own (which Alexander hates). Her naiveness is cute at times, but at other times she seemed plain childish.
Paullina Simons wrote this book so beautifully. You can feel every emotion. You cry, laugh, shout in frustration and cry again. All the character seam very realistic. I found that at some parts of the book I wanted to take the characters and shake some sense into them, most of the time it was Tatiana.
It was new experience to read about WWII from Russia’s point of view. In school I mostly just read about the affect the war had on western Europe. The affect it had on Germany, but never about the affect Germans had on the rest of the world.
I really, really loved this book. Don’t let the size fool you, I read it in three days. I recommend everyone to give it a try. And I can’t wait to read the rest of the trilogy. It’s one of my favorite so far this year.