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Triumph of a Tsar is a work of alternate historical fiction in which the Russian Revolution of 1917 is averted, and the hemophiliac Alexei, son of Tsar Nicholas II, comes to the throne.
In August, 1920, sixteen-year-old Alexei is enjoying his birthday celebrations when Nicholas dies suddenly. Overnight, Alexei becomes tsar of an empire that covers one-sixth of the world’s landmass.
The Great War is over, but Russia is still suffering from the devastation and poverty that it brought. Communists such as Lenin, Stalin and Trotsky view the political situation as ripe for revolution, but they realize that the popular Alexei stands in their way.
To make matters worse, Alexei’s hemophilia, the disease that has threatened him his whole life, returns to haunt him. With his life in constant danger from internal threats, Alexei must also navigate the external threats of fascism and Adolph Hitler.
Slowly, Hitler’s menace increases throughout Europe until he tries to kill Alexei himself. Only then does Alexei realize that another World War is the only way to stop his German enemy.
Here are some words from the Author herself about what motivated her to write about this subject, how an event in history fired her imagination so much she had to write about something which didn't happen, but so clearly might have done, takeing an alternative stance to historical fact and turning it into a work of imaginative fiction:
I have been interested in Russian history, and the Romanovs in particular, for nearly twenty years.
I have always thought that the Romanovs were an imperfect but fascinating dynasty. Of course, their brutal downfall always made me ask- what if? What if Alexei had been allowed to reign? What kind tsar would he have been? What kind of person would he have been?
Many biographies about Alexei and his family have analyzed Alexei’s personality, the circumstances of his life and upbringing, and how he interacted with his parents and sisters.
I was always intrigued by that analysis, and I had wanted to write something about Alexei for years before “Triumph of a Tsar” finally took shape.
2017 and 2018 mark the centennial of the Communist Revolution and the Imperial family’s demise at the hands of the Bolsheviks.
As a result, books about the Romanovs and how Russia could have been different now seem particularly relevant.
Intrigued? If this subject fascinates you I hope you'll support the author and read her book.