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The Tsarina’s Daughter

The Tsarina’s Daughter
  • Author(s): Ellen Alpsten
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Historical, Fiction
  • Era(s): 1723-1741

When they took everything from her, they didn’t count on her fighting to get it back… Born into the House of Romanov to the all-powerful Peter the Great and Catherine I, beautiful Tsarevna Elizabeth is the world’s loveliest Princess...

The Blackbird Girls

The Blackbird Girls
  • Author(s): Anne Blankman
  • Location(s): Ukraine, St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): 1986 and 1941

Like Ruta Sepetys for middle grade, Anne Blankman pens a poignant and timeless story of friendship that twines together moments in underexplored history. On a spring morning, neighbors Valentina Kaplan and Oksana Savchenko wake up to an angry red...

The Starlings of Bucharest

The Starlings of Bucharest
  • Author(s): Sarah Armstrong
  • Location(s): Moscow
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Spy
  • Era(s): 1970s

(The Moscow Wolves Series Book 2) The threats people hold over us are most often imagined. We even create them for ourselves. Ted moves to London to become a journalist but quickly slides into debt. Things look up when...

The Bright & the Pale

The Bright & the Pale
  • Author(s): Jessica Rubinkowski
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Young Adult
  • Era(s): N/A

Debut author Jessica Rubinkowski delivers the thrilling first book in an epic Russian folklore–inspired fantasy duology filled with page-turning romance, tragedy, magic, and monsters. Perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Sara Raasch! Seventeen-year-old Valeria is one of the...

Last Flight to Stalingrad

Last Flight to Stalingrad
  • Author(s): Graham Hurley
  • Location(s): Berlin, Volgograd (Stalingrad)
  • Genre(s): Historical, Thriller
  • Era(s): WW2

Berlin, 1942. For Werner Nehmann, a journalist at the Ministry of Propaganda, the dizzying victory of the last four years has felt like a party without end. But the Reich’s attention has turned East, and as winter sets in,...

The Scent of Empires

The Scent of Empires
  • Author(s): Karl Schlögel, Jessica Spengler (Translator)
  • Location(s): France, Russia
  • Genre(s): Nonfiction
  • Era(s): 20th Century

Can a drop of perfume tell the story of the twentieth century? Can a smell bear the traces of history? What can we learn about the history of the twentieth century by examining the fate of perfumes? In this...

The Mercenary

The Mercenary
  • Author(s): Paul Vidich
  • Location(s): Moscow
  • Genre(s): Spy, Thriller
  • Era(s): 1980s

From acclaimed spy novelist Paul Vidich comes a taut new thriller following the attempted exfiltration of a KGB officer from the ever-changing—and always dangerous—USSR in the mid-1980s. Moscow, 1985. The Soviet Union and its communist regime are in the...

Koshka’s Tales: Stories from Russia

Koshka’s Tales: Stories from Russia
  • Author(s): James Mayhew
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): N/A

Brave princes, evil witches and beautiful maidens abound as the tales of Koshka, the wise old storytelling cat, unfold. James Mayhew has drawn inspiration from the traditional stories and art style of old Russia to retell five enchanting tales...

The Secret Countess

The Secret Countess
  • Author(s): Eva Ibbotson
  • Location(s): England, Russia
  • Genre(s): Historical, Fiction
  • Era(s): WW1 onwards

As WWI draws to a close, a love affair that stretches across countries, families and class begins, in master storyteller Eva Ibbotson’s classic historical romance The Secret Countess, with an introduction from Amanda Craig. Anna Grazinsky, a young Russian...

Blood Red, Snow White

Blood Red, Snow White
  • Author(s): Marcus Sedgwick
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Young Adult
  • Era(s): The Russian Revolution

The Russian Revolution. Fairy tale, spy thriller, love story. One man’s life during the last days of the Romanovs, beautifully imagined by award-winning author Marcus Sedgwick. Shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Award. Set in the rich and atmospheric...

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