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The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great - Eva Stachniak
The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great
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From award-winning author Eva Stachniak comes this passionate novel that illuminates, as only fiction can, the early life of one of history’s boldest women. The Winter Palace tells the epic story of Catherine the Great’s improbable rise to power—as seen through the ever-watchful eyes of an... show more
From award-winning author Eva Stachniak comes this passionate novel that illuminates, as only fiction can, the early life of one of history’s boldest women. The Winter Palace tells the epic story of Catherine the Great’s improbable rise to power—as seen through the ever-watchful eyes of an all-but-invisible servant close to the throne.Her name is Barbara—in Russian, Varvara. Nimble-witted and attentive, she’s allowed into the employ of the Empress Elizabeth, amid the glitter and cruelty of the world’s most eminent court. Under the tutelage of Count Bestuzhev, Chancellor and spymaster, Varvara will be educated in skills from lock picking to lovemaking, learning above all else to listen—and to wait for opportunity. That opportunity arrives in a slender young princess from Zerbst named Sophie, a playful teenager destined to become the indomitable Catherine the Great. Sophie’s destiny at court is to marry the Empress’s nephew, but she has other, loftier, more dangerous ambitions, and she proves to be more guileful than she first appears.What Sophie needs is an insider at court, a loyal pair of eyes and ears who knows the traps, the conspiracies, and the treacheries that surround her. Varvara will become Sophie’s confidante—and together the two young women will rise to the pinnacle of absolute power. With dazzling details and intense drama, Eva Stachniak depicts Varvara’s secret alliance with Catherine as the princess grows into a legend—through an enforced marriage, illicit seductions, and, at last, the shocking coup to assume the throne of all of Russia. Impeccably researched and magnificently written, The Winter Palace is an irresistible peek through the keyhole of one of history’s grandest tales.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780553808124 (0553808125)
Publisher: Bantam
Pages no: 444
Edition language: English
Series: Catherine (#1)
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Nothing better than a good book... rated it
4.0 The Winter Palace
I was going to give this book three stars 2/3 of the way through. But the ending, for me, was different and I just had to give it another star. This story of Catherine the Great's rise to power is told through the eyes of Varenka, a friend and spy for Catherine. This is a story of their friends...
meganbaxter
meganbaxter rated it
This is the other historical fiction I was reading while I was reading Wolf Hall, and musing about my reactions to both. I would still say that Wolf Hall is a step above most historical fiction I've ever read, but this wasn't bad. It wasn't earth-shattering, either. But not bad. The Winter Palace i...
Books, Dogs, and Other Blogs
Books, Dogs, and Other Blogs rated it
4.0 The Winter Palace
There were so many things that I loved and appreciated about this book. For one, I know nothing about Russian history, and this book didn't leave me in the dust. It made this part of Russian history interesting and accessible, and I didn't have to go researching all of the characters in order to k...
Olivia Smith... and her BookWorld
Olivia Smith... and her BookWorld rated it
4.5 "Katharina die Große" so nah wie noch nie!
Inhaltsangabe Geheime Gänge, verdeckte Türen, dunkle Nischen: Als die Waise Warwara als Dienstmädchen in den Winterpalast kommt, lernt sie schnell, sich ihre Verschwiegenheit und ihren aufmerksamen Blick zunutze zu machen. Keine Intrige, die ihr entginge, kein Getuschel, das ihren Ohren verborgen ...
snoylna
snoylna rated it
3.5 stars. The writing was decent but the protagonist was not well developed.
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