I just wanted to take a few minutes to try and convince everyone to read this series because they are my absolute top favorite books in the world!!!
This is, without a doubt, the most well-written, most intense, most incredibly beautiful, and heart wrenching yet heart warming EPIC love story ever told. I truly mean that. It. is. breathtaking!!!
The depth of Alexander and Tatiana’s love for each other is unforgettable.
On the scale of 1 – 5 stars that I rate all books on, this easily gets 10 stars!
Out of all the books I’ve ever read, no story has ever affected me as deeply as this one. I remember my first time reading the trilogy, I read all 3 books back to back and I can’t honestly remember ever going through as strongly EMOTIONAL a reading experience. To say this love story stole my heart is an understatement. It OWNED me. I can’t even count the number of times I cried not because it was sad, but just because I was FEELING so much for these characters. The writing was SO exquisite and Alexander & Tania’s longing and love for each other was SO powerful that I truly FELT every single thing that they went through. The books were long but I could barely put them down. It took me a few days to read them all and my life was pretty much put on hold. I was emotionally exhausted and yet every moment I wasn’t reading, I was thinking about the books. This story consumed me. And it left a lasting impression on my heart and soul that I know will never be topped. I don’t even try to compare other books to these even though I love so many books and I have so many top favorites. This story is just different for me. Special in a way I’ve never felt before. It’s left a mark on me I know I’ll never forget. Everytime I go back and re-read quotes now, I’m literally crying (tears pouring down my face) within moments. Every single one of the intense, overpowering emotions I felt while I was reading it comes flooding back instantly. The depth and all-consuming, heart-wrenching INTENSITY of the way Alexander LOVED Tania, and the way she LOVED him back is just beyond powerful. Beyond beautiful. This is, in the most literal sense of the word, the MOST EPIC LOVE STORY EVER told. If you’ve read it, you probably know exactly what I mean. And if you haven’t read it yet, please please please trust me and grab yourself a copy. It’s worth every single cent and more at full price. For me, this love story was the definition of “unforgettable”.
A few things….
This is a completed trilogy that tells the lifelong romance of one couple.
Note: Goodreads has them listed incorrectly. It lists a prequel called “Children of Liberty” but that book should not be read first. It was written after the trilogy and is the story of Alexander’s parents (PS: it’s not HEA) and there is no info in it that you need to know before reading this trilogy.
To try and soothe your worries…. Yes, The Bronze Horseman is an intense, heart-wrenching story but I’d like to clarify that it is not devastating. Read it with a stockpile of tissues for sure but I promise that the trilogy has a gorgeous ending that will leave you a wonderful feeling!
A lot of readers ask me how “historical” these books are. The answer is: they’re really not!! I mean yes, the story takes place during WW2 but it does not “feel” like a historical book. The characters speak in modern language and there’s no lengthly detail on historical events. This is primarily a love story — the focus is on the characters, not the events… so the only events that are shown are the ones that directly affect Alexander & Tania’s lives.
I mentioned epic already, right??
A lot of readers ask me how steamy the books are. They are Adult level romance steam for sure — but the story has to build to the heat. But like half way through the first book there’s a 75ish page section that is WOW (hehe, I don’t want to give away specifics though but just trust me, you’ll get ALL the steam) and they’re married for most of the series so there’s definitely the kind of heat that would be expected of a married couple who are deeply in love with each other.
Next commonly asked question is whether there’s a HEA. It’s Romance so YES. This is a happy ending story. The first 2 books have to be read together (first book has an ending that isn’t exactly a cliffhanger but you’ll NEED the next book right away). Second book has a very resolved and happy ending — in a way it concludes the first book’s story and ends that chapter of their lives. Third book ends with them in their 80s literally having spent their whole lives together. So they have a HEA. But unlike most books, you kind of SEE their HEA happen because the series follows their whole lives together.
What are other readers saying?? ➜ “OMG! OMG! OMG!!! Oh and OMG!!!! I do NOT think I will EVER be the same after that read. Immediately went into book 2… much to my husbands displeasure. I think it was the tears. HA! His words… “You take your reads TOO seriously.” And I’m like, “How can I NOT, by now, these two are my friends and I have bled with them!!!” Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for recommending this read. Honestly will not be the same after this story. Every person with half a brain and the ability to read should be required to read this book. It’s a life changer.”
If you have any questions at all, just leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you 😀
*** MOVIE NEWS *** THE BRONZE HORSEMAN MOVIE was announced on October 5, 2015. Author Paullina Simons posted this: “I’m thrilled to announce an exciting new collaboration with Getaway Pictures to bring all three of The Bronze Horseman novels to screen. Getaway Pictures is a multi-national production based in Berlin specializing in well-made films with international flavor. I’ll be working closely with the producers to help make the eventual films or series the best they can be.”
“Ask yourself these three questions, Tatiana Metanova, and you will know who you are. Ask: what do you believe in? What do you hope for? But most important – ask: what do you love?…
I know who I am, she thought, taking his hand… I am Tatiana. And I believe in, and hope for, and love Alexander for life.”
**SERIES READING ORDER **
These are, without a doubt, exactly the way I see Alexander and Tatiana:
Happy reading everyone ♥