This was far more disappointing than I imagined. The title it gave bad me thinking that the story was about Natalya and her becoming the Tsarina. But instead, it was mostly her on the run. Mostly her trying to keep everything together but failing miserably.
I mean it. Natalya doesn’t change the book, she simply is a part of the tragedy, she doesn’t change the outcome. But at the same time, she doesn’t have a very interesting relationship in this time. Lacking a certain complexity to her character, because she was a young woman of Russia.
And at the same time, she didn’t have a reason to exist other than love. And I don’t think that she was truly affected by why Russia chose to have the Reda rebel on such a huge degree.
And really, the title should not have been Tsarina. It is not aptly named, because I was horribly mislead into thinking that it will be about Russia’s court. But it wasn’t, it was about a story of a girl understanding the revolution. It was about a girl who had lost it all, but gained almost nothing in return.
And well, it just wasn’t what I expected. I expected some good wits, some scheming, but this seemed too simple in regards. Suitable for a woman, but simply too boring to have been interesting.
Rating: 2 out of 5