Tsarina

Tsarina

St. Petersburg, 1725. Peter the Great lies dying in his magnificent Winter Palace. The weakness and treachery of his only son has driven his father to an appalling act of cruelty and left the empire without an heir. Russia risks falling into chaos. Into the void steps the woman who has been by his side for decades: his second wife, Catherine Alexeyevna, as ambitious, ruthless and passionate as Peter himself.

Born into devastating poverty, Catherine used her extraordinary beauty and shrewd intelligence to ingratiate herself with Peter’s powerful generals, finally seducing the Tsar himself. But even amongst the splendor and opulence of her new life—the lavish feasts, glittering jewels, and candle-lit hours in Peter’s bedchamber—she knows the peril of her position. Peter’s attentions are fickle and his rages powerful; his first wife is condemned to a prison cell, her lover impaled alive in Red Square. And now Catherine faces the ultimate test: can she keep the Tsar’s death a secret as she plays a lethal game to destroy her enemies and take the Crown for herself?

From the sensuous pleasures of a decadent aristocracy, to the incense-filled rites of the Orthodox Church and the terror of Peter’s torture chambers, the intoxicating and dangerous world of Imperial Russia is brought to vivid life. Tsarina is the story of one remarkable woman whose bid for power would transform the Russian Empire."

Title:Tsarina
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781250214430
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  • jessica

    when i think of russian rulers, my mind immediately goes to the fall of the romanov family. so reading this was a really enlightening experience to learn about another point in time in the familys his...

  • Matt

    “I drew Peter [the Great’s] last will from my sleeve and the scroll lay in my lap, so close to the flames. Its letters blurred as my tears came: real, heartfelt tears, despite the sense of relief....

  • Liz

    This is an interesting historical fiction that shows that shrewdness and cunning can trump book smarts every time. Catherine Alexeyvana was Peter the Great’s second wife. She was born poor, never le...

  • Annette

    Catherine Alexeyevna (1684-1727) was of humble beginnings, becoming the second wife of Peter the Great and Empress of Russia from 1725 until her death. “Pulling herself out of poverty and servitude ...

  • Michelle

    5 Stars! More of this, please!I love learning about strong women in history and Catherine I of Russia is a fantastic subject to write a book about. I think more casual fans of historical fiction or Ru...

  • Grace

    The only word to describe this book is gratuitous.Marta is a peasant girl who, through various horrible circumstances, goes on to become the wife of Peter the Great, Tsar of Russia, and eventually rul...

  • Nenia ?? Socially Awkward Trash Panda ?? Campbell

    Historical dramas were HUGE in the 2000s because of the Other Boleyn Girl and once everyone got sick of Tudor England, people expanded to dramas in other time periods. I was going to say that the summ...

  • Lori Lamothe

    When I first started reading Ellen Alpsten’s historical novel I had to put it down. Not because it wasn’t good—quite the opposite. The cover and title gave me the impression Tsarina would be ano...

  • CYIReadBooks (Claire)

    Calling on lovers of historical fiction! Tsarina is a novel that you must read -- especially if you are a fan of Russian history.Tsarina is a novel based on the life of Catherine I, the second wife of...

  • Laura Tenfingers

    Tsarina tells the story of Catherine I, who started life as a serf named Marta and rose to the dizzying heights of Tsarina and Empress of All the Russias. This book is not for the faint of heart. It i...