After reading The Kitchen Boy and loving it, of course I had to pick up Alexander's other historical fiction novel, Rasputin's Daughter.
It was okay. It didn't have nearly the same emotional effect that The Kitchen Boy did and was not, in my opinion, as well written. It could be because the novel was much more plot driven and less character driven, and it didn't teach me as much as The Kitchen Boy did. What I loved about TKB was the blend of Russian language with English and the ease with which Alexander mixed culture with plot.
Rasputin's Daughter is not the book to start with if you're not familiar with Alexander's work. It was a good read, but after The Kitchen Boy it left me a little cold.