Top critical review
Fine premise, great moments but overall just average
on April 28, 2014
I'm clearly the odd one out here on the reviews, but such is life. I didn't find this story to be nearly as great as I'd hoped. Rather, it makes pretty good use of its premise as being during the siege of Leningrad but doesn't do well enough to really succeed. In short, this is an atmospheric historic novel that does well, but not well enough to really make it onto any list of recommendations that I would make. The characters are strangely detached from their surroundings - the story takes place during the siege of Leningrad but somehow this story doesn't really sell the tragedy of those events. Instead, we're treated to a twisting and turning tale of dubious exploits and exposed to horrors that are somehow more predictable than revolting.