“Ellen Alpsten’s debut is a riveting, delicious escape into the world of Catherine the I, Tsarina of Russia. My head is swimming with the sights and sounds of Moscow and St. Petersburg. Alpsten’s fascinating account reveals the unforgettable woman who went toe to toe with her husband, Peter the Great. Exactly the kind of book I needed to read right now!”Anderson McKean, Page and Palette
If you enjoyed The Revolution of Marina M., then you’ll love Tsarina.
“Brutal, unrelenting, and inspiring, Tsarina is a historical novel that's as harshly beautiful as a Russian winter. Following the rise of Peter the Great's second wife, Catherine, from her life as a peasant, to courtesan, to queen, Tsarina pulls no punches and doesn't spare the reader's sensibilities. I was fascinated and horrified by the insights it offered into pre-revolutionary Russia, from the abject poverty of the lowest classes to the opulence of Peter's court. Peter, a perplexingly contradictory character in history, is portrayed with a dynamic flair as a larger-than-life ruler whose great ambitions and appetites sometimes brought triumph, sometimes ruin and horror, to his subjects. And by his side and behind the scenes, his equally cunning and ambitious tsarina both aided and thwarted his endeavors, eventually ruling in her own right. Tsarina shines a light on one of history's most fascinating women, and I couldn't drag myself away from it till the very end.”Emily, Inklings Bookshop
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