The Tsarina’s Daughter – Ellen Alpsten

There is honestly nothing I can say that will even begin to do this book justice.    A sweeping tale of the young life of Tsarevna Elizabeth, The Tsarina’s Daughter is breathtakingly beautiful.

The story follows the life of Elizabeth, daughter of Peter the Great and Catherine I and all that comes with being born into one of the most powerful families in Russia.  A time in history that was both brutal and extravagant, where one moment your place in society and indeed the Russian Court could go from the beloved and worshipped to just as easily being tortured and thrown into a cage.

The beautiful Elizabeth’s life is firstly thrown into turmoil after the death of her father and then dangerously so after the death of her mother.  At once in line to marry the King of France she is left almost penniless and in fear for her life as everything around her begins to fall and a new league of power sweeps in.

Such a fascinating part of history this book is all the things you want from an historical fiction masterpiece.  It is captivating, rich, bold and yet violent and heartbreaking all at the same time.

Although this is a follow up to the author’s previous book, Tsarina, it can absolutely be read as a standalone.  I haven’t read Tsarina yet, but omg will be grabbing a copy now that’s for sure.  Side note……I seem to have this terrible habit of stumbling across a series out of order, argh, really must do a better job of reading books in order – lol.

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