The Girl Who Fought Napoleon

The Girl Who Fought Napoleon : A Novel of the Russian Empire

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In a sweeping story straight out of Russian history, Tsar Alexander I and a courageous girl named Nadezhda Durova join forces against Napoleon.

It's 1803, and an adolescent Nadya is determined not to follow in her overbearing Ukrainian mother's footsteps. She's a horsewoman, not a housewife. When Tsar Paul is assassinated in St. Petersburg and a reluctant and naive Alexander is crowned emperor, Nadya runs away from home and joins the Russian cavalry in the war against Napoleon. Disguised as a boy and riding her spirited stallion, Alcides, Nadya rises in the ranks, even as her father begs the tsar to find his daughter and send her home.

Both Nadya and Alexander defy expectations-she as a heroic fighter and he as a spiritual seeker-while the battles of Austerlitz, Friedland, Borodino, and Smolensk rage on.

In a captivating tale that brings Durova's memoirs to life, from bloody battlefields to glittering palaces, two rebels dare to break free of their expected roles and discover themselves in the process.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 442 pages
  • 139.7 x 208.28 x 33.02mm | 430.91g
  • Lake Union Publishing
  • Seattle, United States
  • English
  • 1503937267
  • 9781503937260
  • 1,715,515

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"The Girl Who Fought Napoleon emerges a winner because of its vivid depictions of war and the devastation it brings to a land." -BookReporter
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"The Girl Who Fought Napoleon emerges a winner because of its vivid depictions of war and the devastation it brings to a land." -BookReporter
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About Linda Lafferty

Linda Lafferty was a teacher for nearly three decades, in schools from Madrid, Spain, to Aspen, Colorado. She completed her PhD in bilingual special education and worked in that field; she also taught English as a second language and bilingual American history. Linda is the author of four previous novels-The Bloodletter's Daughter, The Drowning Guard, House of Bathory, and The Shepherdess of Siena-all of which have been translated into several languages. The Drowning Guard won the Colorado Book Award for Historical Fiction. She lives in Colorado with her husband.
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662 ratings
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4 37% (243)
3 20% (132)
2 7% (48)
1 2% (10)
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