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Tsarina: A Novel Hardcover – Deckle Edge, November 10, 2020
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Praise for Tsarina:
“Astonishing...the ultimate Cinderella story [that] makes Game of Thrones look like a nursery rhyme.” ―Daisy Goodwin, bestselling author of The Fortune Hunter
"As detailed as the jewels and enamel inlay on the creations of Faberge...[a] crisp, elegant fictional account of history, woven with emotion and brio." ―Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of The Shoemaker's Wife
“Gripping...Love, sex, and loyalty vie with war, intrigue, and treason to create an epic canvas as exotic and powerful as eighteenth-century Russia itself. Masterfully researched and beautifully written, this is historical fiction at its best.” ―Nancy Goldstone, author of Daughters of the Winter Queen and Rival Queens
“Alpsten shines...Lovers of Russian history, strong women protagonists, and sweeping historicals will savor this vivid portrait.” –Publishers Weekly
"The extraordinary life and career of Catherine I of Russia is brought to life in Alpsten's colourful novel." --Sunday Times, Summer Reading Picks 2020 (UK)
"An entertaining romp through the endless intrigue, violence and debauchery of court life." --Mail on Sunday (UK)
"A vivid page-turner of a debut." --The Times (UK)
“Intrigue, rivalry, and sumptuous decadence leap to vivid life in this fascinating story of Peter the Great’s second wife...conjuring the gorgeous marble of the Winter Palace and deprivation of Russia in the 18th century, the perilous ascent to power of the first woman to rule as empress is a gripping and unforgettable journey.” ―C.W. Gortner, author of The Romanov Empress
“[Alpsten] recounts this remarkable woman’s colourful life and times." ―Count Nikolai Tolstoy, historian and author
“Luscious…Alpsten has clearly done some brilliant research. It reads like Game of Thrones without the dragons.” ―Natasha Pulley, author of the international bestseller The Watchmaker of Filigree Street
“Tsarina should come with a health warning―once you start reading, it’s impossible to stop.” ―Hannah Rothschild, bestselling author of House of Trelawney
About the Author
- Item Weight : 1.74 pounds
- Hardcover : 480 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250214432
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250214430
- Product Dimensions : 7.87 x 5.51 x 1.57 inches
- Publisher : St. Martin's Press (November 10, 2020)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #141,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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At points she had to go against the grain. At points this was a hard decision to come by. I found the book to be one of many tools used o look into the world where women struggle with men in the rise of powering , and where they stood at. Catherine wasn’t sitting down and letting the man make her decisions. This book will lead on the highs and lows of suspense, surprise, betrayal and tragedy.
I enjoyed the romance in the book. This help give the story some light hearted moments.
Top reviews from other countries
Russia in the mid 1700s does not sound like fun. Fighting battles on 2 fronts (against Sweden and Turkey) and building St Petersburg, whilst experiencing 12 pregnancies sounds pretty tough. Add to this fighting off Peter’s young admirers and dealing with Peter himself and his capacity for immense cruelty (nailing caps to people’s heads if they didn’t remove them fast enough for example) means that Catherine is a woman you can admire. It has to be said, however, that she had a pretty ruthless streak herself and some of her actions are quite eye-opening.
There’s a lot of gruesome detail of debauchery, of torture and of rape in this book. This might put people off. I enjoyed the book for its ability to paint a picture of the necessity to adapt and survive. The story of Catherine 1st deserves to be more widely known
once you deal with her rise and her place in history is simply a baby machine for Peter and therefore I am not surprised she isn't known widely. Really don't bother with this one.
I'll be honest and say it was the cheap price on Kindle that made me chance it but I'm glad I did and look forward to the author's next book