By Denise Raward
16 February 2019
New author Kerri Turner has combined her two great passions — ballet and writing — in an impressive debut novel set in the troubled final years of Russia’s Tsarist dynasty.
While rich in detail and peppered with real life historical figures, The Last Days of the Romanov Dancers is, at its heart, a love story centring on two dancers in the Imperial Russian Ballet.
Valentina has clawed her way through the corps, with ballet the only thing elevating her from the poverty of her childhood.
As well as her talent, she has relied on alliances with influential men to advance her career, as was the practice of the times.
When Luka, the gifted son of a factory worker, joins the company, their attraction threatens the life she has built for herself.
It’s clear the plot has been built on a foundation of meticulous research.
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