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Tsarina (Hardback)Ellen Alpsten (author)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 496
Weight: 868 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm
A vivid page-turner of a debut * The Times *
Alpsten's colourful narrative does full justice to her extraordinary career * Sunday Times *
This is the ultimate Cinderella story of an illiterate peasant girl who becomes the empress of Russia. It makes Game of Thrones look like a nursery rhyme -- Daisy Goodwin
Tsarina should come with a health warning- once you start reading, it's impossible to stop -- Hannah Rothschild
Ellen Apsten's Tsarina brings to life the dramatic life of Catherine I, wife of Peter the Great, and afterwards Empress of Russia in her own right. She recounts this remarkable woman's colourful life and times in the form of a novel, drawing however throughout on documentary evidence - this proves a highly effective approach -- Nikolai Tolstoy
Tsarina is luscious. As detailed as the jewels and enamel inlay on the creations of Faberge, Ellen Alpsten writes the story of Catherine Alexeyevna, born poor with a lust for power and riches, who sets her mind to achieve both, and sets in motion all that will follow in Russian history, including the reign of Catherine the Great. You will marvel at this crisp, elegant fictional account of history, woven with emotion and brio -- Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of The Shoemaker's Wife
Luscious: Alpsten has clearly done some brilliant research. It reads like Game of Thrones without the dragons -- Natasha Pulley
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“An epic rags to riches tale, I loved it!”
Tsarina is an epic, rags to riches tale inspired by the story of Catherine I, who was the second wife of Peter the Great and Empress of Russia from 1725 until her death.
As a fan of historical fiction, I was excited... More
“Brilliant work of historical fiction about Russia’s first Empress”
My thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing U.K. for an eARC via NetGalley of ‘Tsarina’ by Ellen Alpsten
in exchange for an honest review.
Like a few other advance readers I had initially thought that this was a fictional... More
“Historical fiction at its best”
Initially I thought the book was about Catherine The Great. However, the opening of the book depicts a woman who cannot read and as we know Catherine the Great was an educated woman. It soon becomes apparent that... More
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