In a sweeping story straight out of Russian history, Tsar Alexander I and a courageous girl named Nadezhda Durova join forces against Napoleon.
It's 1803, and an adolescent Nadya is determined not to follow in her overbearing Ukrainian mother's footsteps. She's a horsewoman, not a housewife. When Tsar Paul is assassinated in St. Petersburg and a reluctant and naive Alexander is crowned emperor, Nadya runs away from home and joins the Russian cavalry in the war against Napoleon. Disguised as a boy and riding her spirited stallion, Alcides, Nadya rises in the ranks, even as her father begs the tsar to find his daughter and send her home.
Both Nadya and Alexander defy expectations - she as a heroic fighter and he as a spiritual seeker - while the battles of Austerlitz, Friedland, Borodino, and Smolensk rage on.
In a captivating tale that brings Durova's memoirs to life, from bloody battlefields to glittering palaces, two rebels dare to break free of their expected roles and discover themselves in the process.
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A good book
- Temahoa Love
Love the story but not the reader
Somewhere in the middle
Yes, but often she reads too slowly and deliberately so that it sounds as if she were reading to children. And her voice varies in modulation; sometimes well, other times monotone; it is not consistent. Not the best reader but not the worst. Her Russian accent is pretty good.
Can't say Have not finished. But I like the girl who runs away to the Cossacks. Her mother - however badly served by her husband - is still cruel to her daughter.
- V. H. Shaw "Music Lover"