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5.0 out of 5 starsI reviewed first book
Reviewed in the United States on December 21, 2016
These are not stand alones, but a trilogy. To treat them as stand alones, you miss the point of the entire thread of what happens. These characters are so well developed that I feel I am watching a play. I have started the third book of the saga and can't wait to see how things are wrapped up. History already tells us this will be Catherine the Great, but what were the steps, strategies, she used to become Empress? I highly recommend this series. Now I'm off to finish reading. I hope that you try reading this set of truly enjoyable historical fiction and enjoy them as much as I have.
5.0 out of 5 starsIt will make you cheer, cry, and scream for book three.
Reviewed in the United States on November 5, 2015
Ok first off AAAAAAAA I just love that cover!!!! I think this one is my fav but its in a war with book three!!!
Ok so this one picks up after book one leaves off. I have to say that this story just ripped my heart out. Sophie grows so much in this book and I loved the entire thing. I finished it in an hour and a half and I just couldn't put it down.
By the end of this book Sophie is just done with all the bull crap. She is going out for blood and that just makes the ending that much better.
This series I could see writers and schools using to show how a character changes over the course of a book. It is a must read!!!
Go Into This One Knowing It will make you cheer, cry, and scream for book three.
4.0 out of 5 starsA Strong Heroine & Addicting Plot
Reviewed in the United States on March 26, 2020
This book is fast-paced and hard to put down. I went into this series for Russia and romance, and while the romance isn't the shining light for me, Catherine definitely is. I love Catherine. I felt for her so deeply in this book. I was angered on her behalf and disgusted by the treatment she receives, but she remains strong. She is amazing and I cannot wait to see what she does next!
5.0 out of 5 starsi totally finished this practically in one day and almost in one sitting it was that good. Have you seen book 3 cover droooolll
Reviewed in the United States on July 29, 2015
Wow where to begin can we all just agree that we hope that Sophie was able to take out the empress completely and that her hubby needs to go cause he is a piece of work. Oh i how i feel for sophie the despicable way she treated after she does everything that is asked of her and how she even attempts to stand by that husband of hers ugh. Sherry Ficklin has done again with a stunning cover, stunning book , i totally finished this practically in one day and almost in one sitting it was that good. Have you seen book 3 cover droooolll i am so ready for the rest of this story outstanding job Sherry loved it
The story just gets better and better and I loved this book even more than the first as it takes us further into the future as Catherine is now married to Peter and we witness more of her suffering. I was immediately swept away by the intrigue and romance. Well written plot with superbly developed characters that seem larger than life. I cannot wait to get ensnared in the third book. I highly recommend this author's books.
Reviewed in the United States on September 5, 2019
History and fiction intermingling creates a wonderful story of violence and intrige. Defeat and resolve for vengeance play an integral part in this story.Supposition of how as a young woman had to mature to find her way into history of a great nation.
4.0 out of 5 starsGreat storytelling with a historical back note
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 9, 2016
I found this book not to be quite as good as book one, but that tends to be the curse of book two within a trilogy. There always seems to be much more background and story than the excitement of getting to know the characters of book one and the drama and culmination of book three. That said, this had plenty of twists and turns of plot for Catherine, as we get to know her strengths and weaknesses, but mainly her strengths.