My edition: Kindle owned
Series: Stolen Empire #1
Genre: Historical Romance, YA, Russia
Published: Oct. 7th, 2014
Rating: 5 stars
ONE GIRL WILL BRING AN EMPIRE TO ITS KNEES…
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?
Such happier times, though not so long ago, seem to me now as if they occurred in another lifetime.
Fair warning spoilers ahead
Sophie is invited to Russia to try to win the hand of the Grand Duke Peter. I don’t know much about Catherine the Great but this series is a fictional telling of her story.
This ignited something in me that I have now found I love. That is a good story of a game of royal court relationships. Playing a witty game of survival.
I will have to wait to read the second book. But I can’t wait to see how the newly named Catherine will survive being married to Peter.