Queen of Tomorrow (Stolen Empire #2) by Sherry D. Ficklin
Publish Date: July 14, 2015
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Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Sophie—now Catherine, Grand Duchess of Russia—had a tough first year at Imperial Court. Married at sixteen to Grand Duke Peter, heir to the throne, and settled in their own palace, things are finally looking up. As a new day dawns, she thinks only of securing her future, and the future of their country, during one of the greatest political upheavals of her time. Fighting desperately against forces trying to depose the Empress Elizabeth and put the young Prince Ivan on her throne, Sophie soon finds herself in the middle of a war brewing between her beloved Prussia, and her new empire. But even as she navigates the fragile political landscape, she quickly realizes that she has only begun to discover the tangled web of deceit and infidelity woven over the lavish court of Oranienbaum Palace.
When a strange and delicate alliance forms between the young couple, she glimpses a future of happiness, only to see it lost in a moment at the hands of those who still seek to end her life—and prevent her reign. Out of favor with the empress and running out of options, Sophie will have to sacrifice her own innocence on the altar of Russia if she is to save the nation, and herself. To survive, she will have to do the unthinkable, betray those closest to her and become something greater and more dangerous than she ever imagined she could be… a queen.
The Stolen Empire Series has so far become one of my new favorites. I am discovering I have a thing for books about royalty. This is historical fiction loosely based on the life of Catherine the Great. Sophie is finding out just how tough life at court is. After the hardships of her first year at court in Queen of Someday, we join Sophie and her new husband Peter in their loveless but political marriage at court of Oranienbaum Palace. However news quickly takes them back to the Winter Palace with the Empress.
The writing is so great, I was constantly drawn into the story. Life at court is full plotting, manipulating, drama and a little romance. I would love to have Sophie’s strength and confidence that she uses to deal with it all so that one day she will rule. I am on the edge of my seat waiting to read the third book. If you like the show Reign, then I think you will love this series as well. Many things about the first two books reminded me of the show.
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About the Author
Sherry D. Ficklin is a full time writer from Colorado where she lives with her husband, four kids, two dogs, and a fluctuating number of chickens and house guests. A former military brat, she loves to travel and meet new people. She can often be found browsing her local bookstore with a large white hot chocolate in one hand and a towering stack of books in the other. That is, unless she’s on deadline at which time she, like the Loch Ness monster, is only seen in blurry photographs.
She is the author of several YA novels and in her spare time she co-hosts Curvy Writer Radio.