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The Fallen Queen

By Jane Kindred (Entangled Publishing, $15.99)

This is the most "fun" of the three. A fantasy thriller, it isn’t about the Romanovs per se, but about a sort of Romanovian dynasty, if said Romanovs were supernal rulers in Heaven and all their number (The House of Arkhangel’sk) were killed off by a power-hungry, possessed cousin. One – Anazakia – escapes by a boredom-invoked fluke of fate, and is chased about Earth (i.e. modern day Russia) by Seraph assassins while being protected by a pair of fallen angels with all sorts of hidden agendas.

This is a tense, engaging fantasy thriller that is just a bit sassy or tongue in cheek and chock full of Russian flavor (not the least of which is the numerous Russian words dropped into the text with little or no explanation). A great read for a long winter weekend.

— Paul E. Richardson

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Reviewed in Russian Life: Mar/Apr 2012