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Статский советник [Download] ➵ Статский советник ➾ Boris Akunin – Polishdarling.co.uk Since the publication of The Winter Queen, a New York Times Notable Book and the first mystery featuring Erast Fandorin, Boris Akunin s historical mystery series has become a worldwide sensation, sell Since the publication of The Winter Queen, a New York Times Notable Book and the first mystery featuring Erast Fandorin, Boris Akunin s historical mystery series has become a worldwide sensation, selling millions of copies and propelling Akunin into the ranks of Russia s most widely read contemporary novelists The first new Fandorin novel available to an American audience in a decade, The State Counsellor tests the handsome diplomat detective s guile and integrity like no mystery beforeMoscow,The new Governor General of Siberia has been secreted away on a train from St Petersburg to the former Russian capital A blizzard rages outside as a mustachioed official climbs aboard just outside the city with his trademark stutter, he introduces himself as State Counsellor Erast Fandorin He then thrusts a dagger inscribed with the initials CG into the general s heart, and tearing off his mustache, escapes out the carriage window The head of the Department of Security soon shows up at the real Fandorin s door and arrests him for murder The only way to save his reputation is to find CG and the mole within the government who is feeding the dangerous group information Can Fandorin survive corruption among his fellow officials, the fearlessness of an unknown enemy, and the advances of a sultry young nihilist with his morals intact The State Counsellor is a colorful entertainer from a master of the sly historical romp.


About the Author: Boris Akunin

Real name Grigory Shalvovich Chkhartishvili Russian Georgian lso see Grigory Chkhartishvili , born in Tbilisi, Georgia, in Since he lives in Moscow Writer and translator from Japanese Author of crime stories set in tsarist Russia In he made his debut with novel Azazel to English readers known asThe Winter Queen , where he created Erast Pietrovich Fandorin B Akunin refers to Mikhail Alexandrovich Bakunin and Akuna, home name of Anna Akhmatova, Russian poetIn September of , Akunin was named Russian Writer of the Year and won the Antibooker prize in for his Erast Fandorin novel Coronation, or the last of the Romanovs Akunin also created crime solving Orthodox nun, sister Pelagia, and literary genresHis pseudonyms are andIn some Dutch editions he is also known as Boris Akoenin.



10 thoughts on “Статский советник

  1. Sofia Sofia says:

    Action packed smoothness complete with complicated interesting characters, yes Green and Erast Petrovich, I am talking about you But not only about you but all the others as well In this story which could have easily been superficially presented as a good vs bad story, we get instead the shades of grey which all sides of a story have And so we get character driven writing With people who even in their baddest moments make us connect to their humanness.Akunin s plot is enjoyably labyrinthin Action packed smoothness complete with complicated interesting characters, yes Green and Erast Petrovich, I am talking about you But not only about you but all the others as well In this story which could have easily been superficially presented as a good vs bad story, we get instead the shades of grey which all sides of a story have And so we get character driven writing With people who even in their baddest moments make us connect to their humanness.Akunin s plot is enjoyably labyrinthine which pressed a lot of my like buttons We get a continuous cause and effect and hidden human agendas abound Intelligently written and delicious to read.My first Fandorin has turned out to be a great read which has created a need in me to see both the earlier and the later Fandorin I want to know about Erast.This being my first of this series I cannot compare to it s predecessors so my rating is going to be free, based only upon my reading enjoyment.Fits slot 9 of my reading challenge an espionage thriller an ARC gently given by author publisher via Netgalley


  2. Assaph Mehr Assaph Mehr says:

    In this political thriller type mystery, Fandorin is trying to clear his name from an attempted murder charge by catching the real culprit One of the better mysteries in the series, it is also notable for Oleg Menshikov movie performance as Fandorin One cannot imagine the character to look any other way.What to ExpectEach novel is written as a different type of mystery Akunin set out to rectify the low brow reputation of the mystery genre in post USSR Russia by writing worthy literature and e In this political thriller type mystery, Fandorin is trying to clear his name from an attempted murder charge by catching the real culprit One of the better mysteries in the series, it is also notable for Oleg Menshikov movie performance as Fandorin One cannot imagine the character to look any other way.What to ExpectEach novel is written as a different type of mystery Akunin set out to rectify the low brow reputation of the mystery genre in post USSR Russia by writing worthy literature and exploring the wide gamut of sub genres Each novel is therefore excellently written as a different type of detective case While there is continuity in the protagonist s life between the novels, each is very different in themes and tones.I ve written a condensed review of the whole series on my website.What I likedI like the writing style The prose is intelligent and flowing, the mysteries are complex, and the cast is varied though those that make repeat appearances tend to die Fandorin himself is a great character, even though as a main character he still remains an enigma a tantalising mystery in itself that keeps readers engaged and clamouring to know .I love the historical background Akunin has done his research into Russian culture, mannerisms, environment, personalities, etc of the late 19th century early 20th century Most of the stories take place around Moscow, and Fandorin gets to meet and associate with the people of the times from the low life criminals of Khitrovka, to the grand dukes of the imperial family In a few cases, Akunin also has Fandorin active around notable events of the era, at times filling in details where history has left us stumped.Akunin is also a Japanophile, and has Fandorin spend a few years in Japan While details are sketchy and we wantMore , it is clear that he has a great love and deep knowledge of that culture and times.What to be aware ofBe aware that each of the novel is told in a different style Besides the obvious something new and different in each volume , one keyword is told They are almost all in 3rd person perspective, and quite often not from the point of view of Erast Fandorin which is both tantalising and frustrating at times It s this distance that keeps Fandorin an enigma, and keeps us coming back to learn .Fandorin has a Sherlockian intellect and impressive physical prowess He is not without his faults most notably hubris , but as a hero he is certainly a cut above the rest He also tends to get involved with a different femme fatale in each book This suits the detective genre perfectly, regardless of modern sensibilities.While the books are not really related and have few continuing characters, I d still strongly recommend to read them in order.Lastly, and this has nothing to do with Fandorin, since these are professional translations amazingly done by Andrew Bromfield via a traditional publisher, the price of ebooks and hardcovers is almost the same The ebooks are also missing some of the illustrations and other typographical effects that are present in the print I d definitely recommend reading the print edition, where possible.SummaryShould you read these novels Yes By all means, if you love historical mysteries these novels are a must read It is an intelligent, engaging, and just different enough series to be in a class of its own It s not surprising that in his home country of Russia, Akunin out sells JK Rowling In fact, since it s been a few years since I ve read them, I think I ll go back and re read my favourites Winter Queen, State Counsellor, and The Coronation Assaph Mehr, author of Murder In Absentia A story of Togas, Daggers, and Magic for lovers of Ancient Rome, Murder Mysteries, and Urban Fantasy


  3. LenaRibka LenaRibka says:

    A brilliant historical mystery set in Imperial Russia If I had done it properly started not from the book 6 I would have opened my review withA great start for a very promising historical mystery series with one of the most interesting charactersBut I read it unfortunately or as very often not in the right order So I ll keep this opening for my next Fandorin s book The good news you can read this book as a stand alone Of course, I am going to read this series from the very beginning A brilliant historical mystery set in Imperial Russia If I had done it properly started not from the book 6 I would have opened my review withA great start for a very promising historical mystery series with one of the most interesting charactersBut I read it unfortunately or as very often not in the right order So I ll keep this opening for my next Fandorin s book The good news you can read this book as a stand alone Of course, I am going to read this series from the very beginning Though, even if I know that The State Counsellor Further Adventures of Fandorin, the book 6, is not the last one, I ll decide later if I ll go on with the next, the N 7, installment Because the ending HERE was a perfection pure Besides, to tell the truth, I m a bit afraid that the books after this one could ruin the feeling, or that I ll get tired and bored with our State Counsellor Erast Fandorin Boris Akunin gives a great historical feel of the era, but he choose to tell a story that is free from any ideological system He created the Fandorin series following the real historical facts and events, without being political or fictional, remaining very accurate in his research but trying to give his idea of what HAPPENED in Russian two centuries ago, and why It is an adventures, entertaining and very thrilling mixture out of a murder mystery, a sarcastic spy thriller, the most exciting action movie and a relationship drama in the most authentic historical setting.I am always surprised positively , when I see other readers, without any connection to Russia or its history, who enjoy and understand Russian classic literature or Russian historical fiction Yesthe enigmatic Russian soul, with its passion for suffering, pain and grief and the overall mood for melancholy..bla bla bla Clich but true, but I totally got the rating here The plot is great, Fandorin is not only attractive and smart, but he also embodies the ideal of a nobleman of the nineteenth century high morals, dedication and honesty, loyalty, courage and chivalry, intelligence and faithful to his own principles Is his counterpart Green so much different from Fandorin No, actually not, but he has other methods Don t ask me though what side I took for I am still torn between you ll understand when you read it.My tiny worry There are many secondary characters that are fantastic, but they have maybe unusual names for someone without a Russian background, and I hope a lot that all readers will get along well with it Highly recommended for all fans of historical fiction and historical mysteryCopy provided by Mysterious Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review


  4. Andy Andy says:

    YES 5 Stars You are reading correctly, is is NOT sunstroke..Another Arch nemesis for Erast Fandorin to deal with in a very Sherlock Holmes style of read set across Moscow C1860 s or thereabouts Revolutionaries, pseudo intelligentsia i , ideologist students of rich families, orshika secret police double agents throughout for Erast to battle form alliances with as the case s unfold.The villian Muuuuuulhahahahahahahah is as engaging as our hero for me receives equal star billing p YES 5 Stars You are reading correctly, is is NOT sunstroke..Another Arch nemesis for Erast Fandorin to deal with in a very Sherlock Holmes style of read set across Moscow C1860 s or thereabouts Revolutionaries, pseudo intelligentsia i , ideologist students of rich families, orshika secret police double agents throughout for Erast to battle form alliances with as the case s unfold.The villian Muuuuuulhahahahahahahah is as engaging as our hero for me receives equal star billing plenny of near scrapes as usual with The flight of the Hawk being an alltime favourite from now on mystery to keep yous entertained.A very good read for a historical fiction, mystery or crime reader if you like all three like me, bonus If you ve not tried Boris Akunin before then yer missing out on summit I say Go on you know you want to


  5. Warrengent Warrengent says:

    A masterpiece of the historical novel,grabs you attention from the opening page and never lets up,i absolutely would recommend this to anyone


  6. Assaph Mehr Assaph Mehr says:

    In this political thriller type mystery, Fandorin is trying to clear his name from an attempted murder charge by catching the real culprit One of the better mysteries in the series, it is also notable for Oleg Menshikov movie performance as Fandorin One cannot imagine the character to look any other way.What to ExpectEach novel is written as a different type of mystery Akunin set out to rectify the low brow reputation of the mystery genre in post USSR Russia by writing worthy literature and e In this political thriller type mystery, Fandorin is trying to clear his name from an attempted murder charge by catching the real culprit One of the better mysteries in the series, it is also notable for Oleg Menshikov movie performance as Fandorin One cannot imagine the character to look any other way.What to ExpectEach novel is written as a different type of mystery Akunin set out to rectify the low brow reputation of the mystery genre in post USSR Russia by writing worthy literature and exploring the wide gamut of sub genres Each novel is therefore excellently written as a different type of detective case While there is continuity in the protagonist s life between the novels, each is very different in themes and tones.I ve written a condensed review of the whole series on my website.What I likedI like the writing style The prose is intelligent and flowing, the mysteries are complex, and the cast is varied though those that make repeat appearances tend to die Fandorin himself is a great character, even though as a main character he still remains an enigma a tantalising mystery in itself that keeps readers engaged and clamouring to know .I love the historical background Akunin has done his research into Russian culture, mannerisms, environment, personalities, etc of the late 19th century early 20th century Most of the stories take place around Moscow, and Fandorin gets to meet and associate with the people of the times from the low life criminals of Khitrovka, to the grand dukes of the imperial family In a few cases, Akunin also has Fandorin active around notable events of the era, at times filling in details where history has left us stumped.Akunin is also a Japanophile, and has Fandorin spend a few years in Japan While details are sketchy and we wantMore , it is clear that he has a great love and deep knowledge of that culture and times.What to be aware ofBe aware that each of the novel is told in a different style Besides the obvious something new and different in each volume , one keyword is told They are almost all in 3rd person perspective, and quite often not from the point of view of Erast Fandorin which is both tantalising and frustrating at times It s this distance that keeps Fandorin an enigma, and keeps us coming back to learn .Fandorin has a Sherlockian intellect and impressive physical prowess He is not without his faults most notably hubris , but as a hero he is certainly a cut above the rest He also tends to get involved with a different femme fatale in each book This suits the detective genre perfectly, regardless of modern sensibilities.While the books are not really related and have few continuing characters, I d still strongly recommend to read them in order.Lastly, and this has nothing to do with Fandorin, since these are professional translations amazingly done by Andrew Bromfield via a traditional publisher, the price of ebooks and hardcovers is almost the same The ebooks are also missing some of the illustrations and other typographical effects that are present in the print I d definitely recommend reading the print edition, where possible.SummaryShould you read these novels Yes By all means, if you love historical mysteries these novels are a must read It is an intelligent, engaging, and just different enough series to be in a class of its own It s not surprising that in his home country of Russia, Akunin out sells JK Rowling In fact, since it s been a few years since I ve read them, I think I ll go back and re read my favourites Winter Queen, State Counsellor, and The Coronation Assaph Mehr, author of Murder In Absentia A story of Togas, Daggers, and Magic for lovers of Ancient Rome, Murder Mysteries, and Urban Fantasy


  7. Kirsten Kirsten says:

    I happily turned to Erast Fandorin after too long an absence I discovered him when I lived in Kent and loved him An unusual detective in Czarist Tsarist Russia, he has a stutter, a Japanese manservant, and is forever unlucky in love.In this entry, he has to deal not just with the always dangerous politics of the government service in Moscow, but also a band of dangerous revolutionaries terrorists Erast is very like Sherlock in his deductions, but a muchsympathetic character in that I happily turned to Erast Fandorin after too long an absence I discovered him when I lived in Kent and loved him An unusual detective in Czarist Tsarist Russia, he has a stutter, a Japanese manservant, and is forever unlucky in love.In this entry, he has to deal not just with the always dangerous politics of the government service in Moscow, but also a band of dangerous revolutionaries terrorists Erast is very like Sherlock in his deductions, but a muchsympathetic character in that he is not perfect Unfortunately, these mysteries are not available on Kindle, so I have a hard time finding them Oh, well, that s why they have interlibrary loans, right


  8. Kris McCracken Kris McCracken says:

    The sixth in the series, I think that this is thus far his best reactionary autocrats, revolutionary terrorists, murky plots, sinister schemes and a heavy political edge I really enjoyed this bleak tale I particularly enjoyed the vivid painting of the key revolutionary Green Fashioned by a cruel world, Akunin has done a great job in constructing a beautiful example of the sympathetic villain This book has it all, assassinations, bomb making, bank heists, love trysts, and scores of bodies The sixth in the series, I think that this is thus far his best reactionary autocrats, revolutionary terrorists, murky plots, sinister schemes and a heavy political edge I really enjoyed this bleak tale I particularly enjoyed the vivid painting of the key revolutionary Green Fashioned by a cruel world, Akunin has done a great job in constructing a beautiful example of the sympathetic villain This book has it all, assassinations, bomb making, bank heists, love trysts, and scores of bodies piling up as the stakes are raised every page I loved it


  9. Branko Jovanovski Branko Jovanovski says:

    I would even give it 2 and half stars this is the worst one in the Fandorin series so far.


  10. Anna Bergmark Anna Bergmark says:

    Not liking Special Assignments much I expected the worst and to begin with I thought I was right Green the terrorist didn t hold any interest for me and a large cast equipped with first names and patronymics as well as last names and all Russian at that made me mightily confused But about a hundred pages in it all changed.A new sheriff comes in from Saint Petersburg and all of a sudden Fandorin is jolted into action for real Being out staged by a man evencharismatic and possibly s Not liking Special Assignments much I expected the worst and to begin with I thought I was right Green the terrorist didn t hold any interest for me and a large cast equipped with first names and patronymics as well as last names and all Russian at that made me mightily confused But about a hundred pages in it all changed.A new sheriff comes in from Saint Petersburg and all of a sudden Fandorin is jolted into action for real Being out staged by a man evencharismatic and possibly smarter than himself doesn t suit our hero one little bit So High time to pull his sleeves up Metaphorically speaking of course He would never willingly crease his fancy clothing And the story turns tighter andexciting The pace heightens The rivalry between the two crime fighting geniuses is fun to follow and their shaky cooperation kind of sweet and Erast s newthan a handful girlfriend sure is a feisty one And what do you know For the rest of the book I was copiously entertained By the twists and the turns By the action By the humour and the characters.4,5 big smiling stars to a Boris Akunin at his best You really don t want to miss this


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10 thoughts on “Статский советник

  1. Sofia Sofia says:

    Action packed smoothness complete with complicated interesting characters, yes Green and Erast Petrovich, I am talking about you But not only about you but all the others as well In this story which could have easily been superficially presented as a good vs bad story, we get instead the shades of grey which all sides of a story have And so we get character driven writing With people who even in their baddest moments make us connect to their humanness.Akunin s plot is enjoyably labyrinthin Action packed smoothness complete with complicated interesting characters, yes Green and Erast Petrovich, I am talking about you But not only about you but all the others as well In this story which could have easily been superficially presented as a good vs bad story, we get instead the shades of grey which all sides of a story have And so we get character driven writing With people who even in their baddest moments make us connect to their humanness.Akunin s plot is enjoyably labyrinthine which pressed a lot of my like buttons We get a continuous cause and effect and hidden human agendas abound Intelligently written and delicious to read.My first Fandorin has turned out to be a great read which has created a need in me to see both the earlier and the later Fandorin I want to know about Erast.This being my first of this series I cannot compare to it s predecessors so my rating is going to be free, based only upon my reading enjoyment.Fits slot 9 of my reading challenge an espionage thriller an ARC gently given by author publisher via Netgalley


  2. Assaph Mehr Assaph Mehr says:

    In this political thriller type mystery, Fandorin is trying to clear his name from an attempted murder charge by catching the real culprit One of the better mysteries in the series, it is also notable for Oleg Menshikov movie performance as Fandorin One cannot imagine the character to look any other way.What to ExpectEach novel is written as a different type of mystery Akunin set out to rectify the low brow reputation of the mystery genre in post USSR Russia by writing worthy literature and e In this political thriller type mystery, Fandorin is trying to clear his name from an attempted murder charge by catching the real culprit One of the better mysteries in the series, it is also notable for Oleg Menshikov movie performance as Fandorin One cannot imagine the character to look any other way.What to ExpectEach novel is written as a different type of mystery Akunin set out to rectify the low brow reputation of the mystery genre in post USSR Russia by writing worthy literature and exploring the wide gamut of sub genres Each novel is therefore excellently written as a different type of detective case While there is continuity in the protagonist s life between the novels, each is very different in themes and tones.I ve written a condensed review of the whole series on my website.What I likedI like the writing style The prose is intelligent and flowing, the mysteries are complex, and the cast is varied though those that make repeat appearances tend to die Fandorin himself is a great character, even though as a main character he still remains an enigma a tantalising mystery in itself that keeps readers engaged and clamouring to know .I love the historical background Akunin has done his research into Russian culture, mannerisms, environment, personalities, etc of the late 19th century early 20th century Most of the stories take place around Moscow, and Fandorin gets to meet and associate with the people of the times from the low life criminals of Khitrovka, to the grand dukes of the imperial family In a few cases, Akunin also has Fandorin active around notable events of the era, at times filling in details where history has left us stumped.Akunin is also a Japanophile, and has Fandorin spend a few years in Japan While details are sketchy and we wantMore , it is clear that he has a great love and deep knowledge of that culture and times.What to be aware ofBe aware that each of the novel is told in a different style Besides the obvious something new and different in each volume , one keyword is told They are almost all in 3rd person perspective, and quite often not from the point of view of Erast Fandorin which is both tantalising and frustrating at times It s this distance that keeps Fandorin an enigma, and keeps us coming back to learn .Fandorin has a Sherlockian intellect and impressive physical prowess He is not without his faults most notably hubris , but as a hero he is certainly a cut above the rest He also tends to get involved with a different femme fatale in each book This suits the detective genre perfectly, regardless of modern sensibilities.While the books are not really related and have few continuing characters, I d still strongly recommend to read them in order.Lastly, and this has nothing to do with Fandorin, since these are professional translations amazingly done by Andrew Bromfield via a traditional publisher, the price of ebooks and hardcovers is almost the same The ebooks are also missing some of the illustrations and other typographical effects that are present in the print I d definitely recommend reading the print edition, where possible.SummaryShould you read these novels Yes By all means, if you love historical mysteries these novels are a must read It is an intelligent, engaging, and just different enough series to be in a class of its own It s not surprising that in his home country of Russia, Akunin out sells JK Rowling In fact, since it s been a few years since I ve read them, I think I ll go back and re read my favourites Winter Queen, State Counsellor, and The Coronation Assaph Mehr, author of Murder In Absentia A story of Togas, Daggers, and Magic for lovers of Ancient Rome, Murder Mysteries, and Urban Fantasy


  3. LenaRibka LenaRibka says:

    A brilliant historical mystery set in Imperial Russia If I had done it properly started not from the book 6 I would have opened my review withA great start for a very promising historical mystery series with one of the most interesting charactersBut I read it unfortunately or as very often not in the right order So I ll keep this opening for my next Fandorin s book The good news you can read this book as a stand alone Of course, I am going to read this series from the very beginning A brilliant historical mystery set in Imperial Russia If I had done it properly started not from the book 6 I would have opened my review withA great start for a very promising historical mystery series with one of the most interesting charactersBut I read it unfortunately or as very often not in the right order So I ll keep this opening for my next Fandorin s book The good news you can read this book as a stand alone Of course, I am going to read this series from the very beginning Though, even if I know that The State Counsellor Further Adventures of Fandorin, the book 6, is not the last one, I ll decide later if I ll go on with the next, the N 7, installment Because the ending HERE was a perfection pure Besides, to tell the truth, I m a bit afraid that the books after this one could ruin the feeling, or that I ll get tired and bored with our State Counsellor Erast Fandorin Boris Akunin gives a great historical feel of the era, but he choose to tell a story that is free from any ideological system He created the Fandorin series following the real historical facts and events, without being political or fictional, remaining very accurate in his research but trying to give his idea of what HAPPENED in Russian two centuries ago, and why It is an adventures, entertaining and very thrilling mixture out of a murder mystery, a sarcastic spy thriller, the most exciting action movie and a relationship drama in the most authentic historical setting.I am always surprised positively , when I see other readers, without any connection to Russia or its history, who enjoy and understand Russian classic literature or Russian historical fiction Yesthe enigmatic Russian soul, with its passion for suffering, pain and grief and the overall mood for melancholy..bla bla bla Clich but true, but I totally got the rating here The plot is great, Fandorin is not only attractive and smart, but he also embodies the ideal of a nobleman of the nineteenth century high morals, dedication and honesty, loyalty, courage and chivalry, intelligence and faithful to his own principles Is his counterpart Green so much different from Fandorin No, actually not, but he has other methods Don t ask me though what side I took for I am still torn between you ll understand when you read it.My tiny worry There are many secondary characters that are fantastic, but they have maybe unusual names for someone without a Russian background, and I hope a lot that all readers will get along well with it Highly recommended for all fans of historical fiction and historical mysteryCopy provided by Mysterious Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review


  4. Andy Andy says:

    YES 5 Stars You are reading correctly, is is NOT sunstroke..Another Arch nemesis for Erast Fandorin to deal with in a very Sherlock Holmes style of read set across Moscow C1860 s or thereabouts Revolutionaries, pseudo intelligentsia i , ideologist students of rich families, orshika secret police double agents throughout for Erast to battle form alliances with as the case s unfold.The villian Muuuuuulhahahahahahahah is as engaging as our hero for me receives equal star billing p YES 5 Stars You are reading correctly, is is NOT sunstroke..Another Arch nemesis for Erast Fandorin to deal with in a very Sherlock Holmes style of read set across Moscow C1860 s or thereabouts Revolutionaries, pseudo intelligentsia i , ideologist students of rich families, orshika secret police double agents throughout for Erast to battle form alliances with as the case s unfold.The villian Muuuuuulhahahahahahahah is as engaging as our hero for me receives equal star billing plenny of near scrapes as usual with The flight of the Hawk being an alltime favourite from now on mystery to keep yous entertained.A very good read for a historical fiction, mystery or crime reader if you like all three like me, bonus If you ve not tried Boris Akunin before then yer missing out on summit I say Go on you know you want to


  5. Warrengent Warrengent says:

    A masterpiece of the historical novel,grabs you attention from the opening page and never lets up,i absolutely would recommend this to anyone


  6. Assaph Mehr Assaph Mehr says:

    In this political thriller type mystery, Fandorin is trying to clear his name from an attempted murder charge by catching the real culprit One of the better mysteries in the series, it is also notable for Oleg Menshikov movie performance as Fandorin One cannot imagine the character to look any other way.What to ExpectEach novel is written as a different type of mystery Akunin set out to rectify the low brow reputation of the mystery genre in post USSR Russia by writing worthy literature and e In this political thriller type mystery, Fandorin is trying to clear his name from an attempted murder charge by catching the real culprit One of the better mysteries in the series, it is also notable for Oleg Menshikov movie performance as Fandorin One cannot imagine the character to look any other way.What to ExpectEach novel is written as a different type of mystery Akunin set out to rectify the low brow reputation of the mystery genre in post USSR Russia by writing worthy literature and exploring the wide gamut of sub genres Each novel is therefore excellently written as a different type of detective case While there is continuity in the protagonist s life between the novels, each is very different in themes and tones.I ve written a condensed review of the whole series on my website.What I likedI like the writing style The prose is intelligent and flowing, the mysteries are complex, and the cast is varied though those that make repeat appearances tend to die Fandorin himself is a great character, even though as a main character he still remains an enigma a tantalising mystery in itself that keeps readers engaged and clamouring to know .I love the historical background Akunin has done his research into Russian culture, mannerisms, environment, personalities, etc of the late 19th century early 20th century Most of the stories take place around Moscow, and Fandorin gets to meet and associate with the people of the times from the low life criminals of Khitrovka, to the grand dukes of the imperial family In a few cases, Akunin also has Fandorin active around notable events of the era, at times filling in details where history has left us stumped.Akunin is also a Japanophile, and has Fandorin spend a few years in Japan While details are sketchy and we wantMore , it is clear that he has a great love and deep knowledge of that culture and times.What to be aware ofBe aware that each of the novel is told in a different style Besides the obvious something new and different in each volume , one keyword is told They are almost all in 3rd person perspective, and quite often not from the point of view of Erast Fandorin which is both tantalising and frustrating at times It s this distance that keeps Fandorin an enigma, and keeps us coming back to learn .Fandorin has a Sherlockian intellect and impressive physical prowess He is not without his faults most notably hubris , but as a hero he is certainly a cut above the rest He also tends to get involved with a different femme fatale in each book This suits the detective genre perfectly, regardless of modern sensibilities.While the books are not really related and have few continuing characters, I d still strongly recommend to read them in order.Lastly, and this has nothing to do with Fandorin, since these are professional translations amazingly done by Andrew Bromfield via a traditional publisher, the price of ebooks and hardcovers is almost the same The ebooks are also missing some of the illustrations and other typographical effects that are present in the print I d definitely recommend reading the print edition, where possible.SummaryShould you read these novels Yes By all means, if you love historical mysteries these novels are a must read It is an intelligent, engaging, and just different enough series to be in a class of its own It s not surprising that in his home country of Russia, Akunin out sells JK Rowling In fact, since it s been a few years since I ve read them, I think I ll go back and re read my favourites Winter Queen, State Counsellor, and The Coronation Assaph Mehr, author of Murder In Absentia A story of Togas, Daggers, and Magic for lovers of Ancient Rome, Murder Mysteries, and Urban Fantasy


  7. Kirsten Kirsten says:

    I happily turned to Erast Fandorin after too long an absence I discovered him when I lived in Kent and loved him An unusual detective in Czarist Tsarist Russia, he has a stutter, a Japanese manservant, and is forever unlucky in love.In this entry, he has to deal not just with the always dangerous politics of the government service in Moscow, but also a band of dangerous revolutionaries terrorists Erast is very like Sherlock in his deductions, but a muchsympathetic character in that I happily turned to Erast Fandorin after too long an absence I discovered him when I lived in Kent and loved him An unusual detective in Czarist Tsarist Russia, he has a stutter, a Japanese manservant, and is forever unlucky in love.In this entry, he has to deal not just with the always dangerous politics of the government service in Moscow, but also a band of dangerous revolutionaries terrorists Erast is very like Sherlock in his deductions, but a muchsympathetic character in that he is not perfect Unfortunately, these mysteries are not available on Kindle, so I have a hard time finding them Oh, well, that s why they have interlibrary loans, right


  8. Kris McCracken Kris McCracken says:

    The sixth in the series, I think that this is thus far his best reactionary autocrats, revolutionary terrorists, murky plots, sinister schemes and a heavy political edge I really enjoyed this bleak tale I particularly enjoyed the vivid painting of the key revolutionary Green Fashioned by a cruel world, Akunin has done a great job in constructing a beautiful example of the sympathetic villain This book has it all, assassinations, bomb making, bank heists, love trysts, and scores of bodies The sixth in the series, I think that this is thus far his best reactionary autocrats, revolutionary terrorists, murky plots, sinister schemes and a heavy political edge I really enjoyed this bleak tale I particularly enjoyed the vivid painting of the key revolutionary Green Fashioned by a cruel world, Akunin has done a great job in constructing a beautiful example of the sympathetic villain This book has it all, assassinations, bomb making, bank heists, love trysts, and scores of bodies piling up as the stakes are raised every page I loved it


  9. Branko Jovanovski Branko Jovanovski says:

    I would even give it 2 and half stars this is the worst one in the Fandorin series so far.


  10. Anna Bergmark Anna Bergmark says:

    Not liking Special Assignments much I expected the worst and to begin with I thought I was right Green the terrorist didn t hold any interest for me and a large cast equipped with first names and patronymics as well as last names and all Russian at that made me mightily confused But about a hundred pages in it all changed.A new sheriff comes in from Saint Petersburg and all of a sudden Fandorin is jolted into action for real Being out staged by a man evencharismatic and possibly s Not liking Special Assignments much I expected the worst and to begin with I thought I was right Green the terrorist didn t hold any interest for me and a large cast equipped with first names and patronymics as well as last names and all Russian at that made me mightily confused But about a hundred pages in it all changed.A new sheriff comes in from Saint Petersburg and all of a sudden Fandorin is jolted into action for real Being out staged by a man evencharismatic and possibly smarter than himself doesn t suit our hero one little bit So High time to pull his sleeves up Metaphorically speaking of course He would never willingly crease his fancy clothing And the story turns tighter andexciting The pace heightens The rivalry between the two crime fighting geniuses is fun to follow and their shaky cooperation kind of sweet and Erast s newthan a handful girlfriend sure is a feisty one And what do you know For the rest of the book I was copiously entertained By the twists and the turns By the action By the humour and the characters.4,5 big smiling stars to a Boris Akunin at his best You really don t want to miss this


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