“Open another barrel of vodka!” [ ] Thank you for the ARC copy of Tsarina b…

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Thank you stmartinspress for the ARC copy of Tsarina by ellenalpsten_author

Wow, this was an epic historical fiction read! Russian history feels really complicated to me and I’ve never really tackled any historical fiction set in Russia but this story of Catherine I was a great escape during the 2020 election week and whisked me away to 1700s St. Petersburg. Catherine was a great character to follow. The author takes a part of Catherine’s past that is not well known and really brought it to life. Again, my background in Russian history is so little that I just took in everything in the vivid and atmospheric description and it seemed so well researched. Definitely felt like a very dark fairy tale where there is a rags to riches romance at the heart of it but an epic journey to get to that point. Tsarina shows the strength and grit of a woman from that time and place in history who was an influencer in Peter the Great’s life and an ultimate survivor. I’m definitely going to be reading more Russian historical fiction in the future ! ❤️



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