The Gift

The Gift

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7-8-and-9, , reviewed-in-2021, historical-fiction, 1-star, graphic-novels, 2021, Sequential Art, Historical

The Shining meets Sophia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette in this gripping debut from an award-winning talent.

The Gift opens on the snow-blanketed grounds of the Alexander Palace in Western Russia where a moth has come to attend the birth of the fourth Romanov princess, Anastasia. She and her siblings grow up in a gilded world, isolated from the society beyond the palace walls despite their dominion over it. After mysteriously receiving a camera on her fifteenth birthday, she begins to document her world, but the gift carries with it a weight she can’t yet see. A creature moves on the edge of her vision and stalks her dreams. As the revolution unfolds, the confines of Anastasia’s world keep closing in. Something is following her, and it might not be human.

Title:The Gift
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781772620559
Format Type:

    The Gift Reviews

  • Alex

    Thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC of The Gift in exchange for an honest review.I was over halfway through this when I realized that the ARC I received definitely had the panels in the wron...

  • April Gray

    This is a not-too-accurate account of the last days of Anastasia, daughter of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, and her family. I say not-too-accurate because some details are true- the snowball fight, for ...

  • Anna  Gibson

    "It was clear we were waiting for something, but no one told me what."Between 3 and 4 stars. The Gift is an ephemeral, dream-like story that skims the surface, floating, providing an impression of a s...

  • Peacegal

    THE GIFT is a creepy and unique graphic novel that features the famed and ill-fated Romanov royal family, with a particular focus on young Anastasia. Anyone familiar with the actual story of Anastasia...

  • Kitty

    I was on the fence about what to give this one.On one hand, the art is simplistic but lovely, and the author definitely did enough research to know some specific details. Pictures were re-created for ...

  • Anna

    This was described to me as a paranormal story, but it isn't really, despite Anastasia's strange dreams and apparitions in the corner of her view. This is more of a snapshot into the life of Anastasia...

  • Stephanie Cooke

    This short graphic novel is exactly my specific cup of tea. An imagined story of the last days of the doomed duchess Anastasia, Zoe Maeve explores what it must’ve been like for her and her family. S...

  • Ashley

    Simplistic and haunting, but a little skimpy on the details. I don't really know the story of Anastasia, so I wasn't sure what was happening here. But I appreciated the art and how it conveyed the sto...

  • Ellen Scheid

    Based loosely on the final days the life of Anastasia and her family, this graphic novel was extremely haunting. There are so many loose ends that are not tied up, and the author defiantly took the li...

  • Kailyn

    Haunting, with beautiful artwork....