• Reborn in the Old Empire

  • The Rise of Gorchakov, Book 1
  • By: Victor Pylaev
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • 2.9 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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By: Victor Pylaev
Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
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Publisher's Summary

It is the year 1967 in the magnificent and dreamy St. Petersburg.

The world is ruled by the magic of aristocrats, the sounds of rock and roll are blasting even in the palace of Her Imperial Majesty, and Russian Volgas are successfully going up against American Pontiacs on the wide avenues at night.

Another frantic unauthorized race under the stars ends in tragedy. Doctors and healers, who have already announced the death of the sixteen-year-old Prince Alexander Gorchakov Jr., attribute his miraculous salvation to his suddenly awakened gift.

But even ancestral magic cannot explain why his habits and tastes have completely changed overnight, nor where do strange dreams about places he has never visited come from. Alexander woke up a new man.

Will he find his place in the old world?

©2022 Victor Pylaev (P)2022 Podium Audio

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Russian Cold War Reincarnation

If you're not used to Eastern European sensibilities, then this story is not for you. This story takes its time in world-building, there are plenty of twists and turns in this story, basically "game of throne" levels of intrigue set in a Russia where the Monarchy never fell, and magic meets cold-war era technology.

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Third act redemption

The first two acts of the book were essentially just girls drooling over the main character and Russian cars. However, in the 11th hour of the first book it gets deep and has twists and turns that you didn't see coming that actually make the book a worth while read/listen.

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Just no

So this is supposed to be some weird Russian Isekai. But the problem, it's Russian and almost all Russian authors treat their protagonist like pieces of garbage, they also give them a massive ego and they are hypocrites. Here is the big problem, this reincarnator Isekai brings absolutely NOTHING to the table. He just continues on with life like the old guy did.