Queen of Always by Sherry D. Ficklin

Queen of Always


If her time at court has taught Catherine anything, it’s that there is no room for weakness in Imperial Russia. With the Empress’ health failing and rumors of a change in the line of succession, her place in the royal line is once more in jeopardy. Tormented by her sadistic husband and his venomous mistress, Catherine must once more walk the fine line between pleasure and politics—between scandal and survival.

When her young son becomes the target of those rebelling against Peter’s reign, Catherine will have to rise up to protect herself, her child, and her nation from his unstable and potentially catastrophic rule. This means putting herself at odds with the most dangerous man she’s ever known, trusting those who once proved to be her enemies, and turning a nation against its sovereign. In the ultimate battle for the crown, new alliances will be forged, loyalties will be tested, and blood will be shed.

Don’t miss this breathtaking conclusion to the Stolen Empire series!

Queen of Tomorrow is a YA historical fiction based on the life of young Catherine the Great. Fans of the hit TV show REIGN will devour this scandalous glimpse into the life of one of the most dynamic women in history. (Goodreads)

I have been meaning to get a copy of this book, but somehow it always ended up on the back burner. Well, I finally grabbed a copy off of Amazon, and I am kicking myself that I didn’t get it sooner! I have loved both instalments in this series, and book 3 was always a must read for me.

I love Catherine as a character – she is a strong female lead that any reader can look up too. The fact that she is based on a true story makes it all the more better! I felt so sorry for her because of all the things Peter had done to her! But she got through it and she threw it in his face in other ways!

What I don’t get is – how can you hide being pregnant??? When I was pregnant, I ended up being huge, definitely not something that I could hide!! It makes no sense! I was just sat there, reading about it and I was just confused…

I know nothing about Catherine or her reign over Russia and it is something that I never googled, so whether this is true to history or whether the author has taken liberties with the story…Either way, it is a story that had me hooked from page one; I just had to know what  was going to happen to Catherine and what would happen to her vile husband.

What Peter did to her and the people around him made me feel sick. How could someone do something like that to another human being? At some points, I was really wondering whether he actually loved Elizavetta or whether it was all just a show to annoy Catherine further.

I really loved this series and I cannot wait to see what the author has in store for us next! I gave this book 4/5 stars.

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