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Description: The Coronation : Paperback : Orion Publishing Co : 9780753826966 : 0753826968 : 18 Mar 2010 : Fandorin returns in a swashbuckling tale of abduction and intrigue, set during the build-up to the coronation of Tsar Nicholas II. The Book Depository The Coronation by Boris Akunin - shop the best deal online on thebookbug.co.uk

 

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Author: Numinous Ugo

Rating: 5

Review: I am a great fan of the Erast Fabdorin books. This one is up there withThe Winter Queen andSpecial Assignments: The Further Adventures of Erast Fandorin (Erast Fandorin 5) which are my favourites but I do really like them all. Although I did likeThe State Counsellor (Erast Fandorin 6) the embattled position that Fandorin was in throughout the book made him reactive and not in any way the master of his own destinty which I found a little frustrating but it did have a satisfactory ending. The Coronation shows the genius of Boris Akunin (his real name is Grigory Shalvovich Chkhartishvili). He is never content to rely on a formula for his books. The Coronation is written from the point of veiw of Afanasi Ziukin, the majordomo of Grand Duke George Alexandrovich, who is suspicious of Fandorin and who gives an insiders perspective on the politics of Tsarist Russia at the begining of the end for the Romanov dynasty. This is a real master stroke as it this character occupies a position where his loyalties are finely balanced. Fandorin has to muscle his way int the investigation against the suspicions of most of the key people surrounding the royal houshold and the legacy of past emnity with the Moscow authoities which those of you familiar with The State Counsellor will be well aware of. This is one of those books where I found myself desparately wanting to find out how it all turned out but also I wanted to savour the writing. I wanted it to keep on going. I am anticipatingShe Lover Of Death: The Further Adventures of Erast Fandorin (Erast Fandorin 8) and I might not be able to wait for the paperback this time. There are also a futher 4 Fandorin novels out in Russian so we have more treats in store for us. I heard a debate recently on Radio 4 on whether the best crime novels are being written in Britain or America right now. For my money these books show that it is neither.

 

Author: Graham R. Hill

Rating: 4

Review: As usual for Akunin this is a sophisticated piece of writing. Each of the books in the series has a different style with a carefully chosen narrator and voice, full of erudite references to all types of novel, not just detective fiction. As a crime novel it actually falls a bit short (the plot twist is very easy to spot amongst the red herrings), but this is more than compensated for by the sheer verve and cleverness of the book.

 

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