I read an awful lot of books and it occurs to me, from comments folks have made about the reviews I post on Goodreads, that you all would probably enjoy hearing about books I think are mention-worthy. So, it is with that background I offer you the first of many reviews of books I’ve read. I hope you enjoy my thoughts and find them helpful in selecting your next great read.
I’m going to start with a pair of books, the first two in the Stolen Empire series by Sherry Ficklin. This series is a fantastical telling of the life of Catherine the Great of Russia.
SUMMARY: Queen of Someday (from cover)
Before she can become the greatest empress in history, fifteen-year-old Sophie will have to survive her social-climbing mother’s quest to put her on the throne of Russia–at any cost.
Imperial Court holds dangers like nothing Sophie has ever faced before. In the heart of St. Petersburg, surviving means navigating the political, romantic, and religious demands of the bitter Empress Elizabeth and her handsome, but sadistic nephew, Peter. Determined to save her impoverished family–and herself–Sophie vows to do whatever is necessary to thrive in her new surroundings. But an attempt on her life and an unexpected attraction threatens to derail her plans.
Alone in a new and dangerous world, learning who to trust and who to charm may mean the difference between becoming queen and being sent home in shame to marry her lecherous uncle. With traitors and murderers lurking around every corner, her very life hangs in the balance. Betrothed to one man but falling in love with another, Sophie will need to decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice in order to become the empress she is destined to be.
In a battle for the soul of a nation, will love or destiny reign supreme?
WHAT I THOUGHT:
I did not realize this was a historical fantasy loosely based on historical events when I picked it up, but I have to say, Sherry did a great job at bringing to life plausible scenarios about what could have made Catherine the Great the person she became. Well done. I’ll definitely be reading the next installment.
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SUMMARY: Queen of Tomorrow
Sophie—now Catherine, Grand Duchess of Russia—had a tough first year at Imperial Court. Married at sixteen to Grand Duke Peter, heir to the throne, and settled in their own palace, things start to look up. As a new day dawns, Catherine thinks only of securing her future, and the future of their country, during one of the greatest political upheavals of her time. Fighting desperately against forces that try to depose the Empress Elizabeth and put the young Prince Ivan on her throne, Catherine soon finds herself in the middle of a war brewing between her beloved Prussia and her new empire. While navigating the fragile political landscape, she quickly realizes that she has only begun to discover the tangled web of deceit and infidelity woven over the lavish court of Oranienbaum Palace.
When a strange and delicate alliance forms between the young couple, Catherine glimpses a future of happiness, only to see it vanish at the hands of those who still seek to end her life—and prevent her reign. Out of favor with the empress and running out of options, Catherine must sacrifice her own innocence on the altar of Russia if she is to save the nation and herself. To survive, she will have to do the unthinkable, betray those closest to her and become something greater and more dangerous than she ever imagined she could be… a queen.
WHAT I THOUGHT:
Conspiracy, deceit and intrigue… Life in the Russian court was anything but dull. While I understand Ficklin took literary license with many of the specifics, I think the overall story arc was probably close to reality. Certainly one place I would not want to be. I will definitely be reading the next installment in this gripping saga which is due out September 15th!
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25 thoughts on “I’m Adding My Book Reviews to the Blog!”
These sound like very interesting books. I don’t know anything about Catherine the Great but this might be a great way to get a brief history lesson while enjoying a good embellished telling 🙂
I’m learning a lot about Catherine the Great as I read these two books and even though they are embellishments to what probably really happened, I’m willing to allow the fantasy aspect because it keeps my attention.
I enjoy historical fiction from Egypt onward. This sounds interesting!
I’d love to know what you think after you’ve read them.
I’ve never heard of this series until now! It sounds pretty fantastic and I’m definitely adding it to my TBR.
I think you’ll really like it 🙂 I’d love to hear what you think after you’ve read it.
Great review! I’ve never heard of this series but it sounds amazing!! I’m glad you’ll be reviewing more books on here:)
Thanks for the feedback. Many times I wonder what will be most relevant for my readers. I just thought I’d offer the plethora of reviews I write and see if you all like it or not 🙂 I’d love to hear anything you’d like to hear about…care to know about where I’m at in the writing process for my current books that are in process? Yes/no? Anything else?
It’s always great to get little sneak peaks about upcoming works…I think it builds the excitement!
I loved your review. Two books I would otherwise never have read are now on my TBR list. Thanks!!
That’s awesome! I hope you like them 🙂
Reblogged this on Claudette Melanson, Author of Dark Fantasy and commented:
This sounds promising! 🙂
Thanks so much!
Looking forward to your reviews!
great idea love what you are doing i would suggest reading m.m. roethig
Thanks for the suggestion!
Reblogged this on Archer's Aim and commented:
I’ve done this recently myself and found my readers like it as well. I’ve got to share some more soon but my schedule has just been that full. Reblogging on Archer’s Aim!
Glad you liked it 🙂
Very nice reviewon a fascinating subject. I do professional, as in formula style reviews for review sites and freelance. It’s rewarding but time consuming.
It’s a bit time consuming, but since I always write a review for each book I read, I’m doing it anyway. I figured might as well let other people know about the books I think are good 🙂
I love reading about Catherine the Great and Russian history – I’ll definitely look into it!
So glad I could be a help to you 🙂
Hello LRW Lee, I enjoyed reading your reviews, and I am looking forward to reading both books. Thank you
Thanks so much! I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!