Welcome to my stop on the blog tour today! I’m delighted to share my review of The Tsarina’s Daughter by Ellen Alpsten!
The Tsarina’s Daughter
When they took everything from her, they didn’t count on her fighting to get it back… Born into the House of Romanov to the all-powerful Peter the Great and Catherine I, beautiful Tsarevna Elizabeth is the world’s loveliest Princess and the envy of the Russian empire. Insulated by luxury and as a woman free from the burden of statecraft, Elizabeth is seemingly born to pursue her passions. However, a dark prophecy predicts her fate as inexorably twined with Russia. When her mother dies, Russia is torn, masks fall, and friends become foes. Elizabeth’s idyllic world is upended. By her twenties she is penniless and powerless, living under constant threat. As times change like quicksand, an all-consuming passion emboldens Elizabeth: she must decide whether to take up her role as Russia’s ruler, and what she’s willing to do for her country – and for love.
Elizabeth Romanov is the daughter of Peter the Great and Catherine I. Her life is one of luxury and comfort. She knows little of hardship and struggle. Her future will be prosperous, it is already decided she will marry a Prince. Everything is laid out before her. Then disaster befalls the House of Romanov. Catherine I dies and, Elizabeth’s life changes drastically. Her beloved mother is gone. Loyalties are tested, betrayal is rife. The darkness is only just beginning for Elizabeth. But one thing she will learn is that she is a survivor. And she will rise again. She will survive the darkness.
Evocative and enthralling every way. I so enjoyed learning about the history of the Romanovs, and this turbulent era for Russia as it’s a subject I had a very little knowledge about. In fact, this is the first book of this kind I’ve read about Russian rulers and politics. It was fascinating. And it left me thirsty for more.
At times, I thought this book read a little like an adult fairy tale, and this is an element I just adored about it. It gave it a tantalising, ethereal quality that had me racing through the pages.
Katherine is super strong, a heroine you root for every step of the way but she is not with out her faults and this made her feel human, relatable. The characters are beautifully developed, and I enjoyed getting to know them.
This an evocative, enthralling novel I just loved so much. Political intrigue, betrayal, scandals, curses, murder, twists, this has everything. Highly recommend both Tsarina and The Tsarina’s Daughter. I’m so excited for the next book.
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About the Author
Ellen Alpsten was born and raised in the Kenyan highlands, before attending L’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. Whilst studying for her Msc in PPE she won the Grande École short story competition with her novella Meeting Mr. Gandhi and was encouraged to continue writing. Upon graduating, she worked as a producer and presenter for Bloomberg TV in London – knowing no one and working gruesome night shifts on breakfast TV, she started to write in earnest, every day, after work and a nap. Tsarina, the first and only account of the incredible rise of Catherine I of Russia from serf to Empress, is her debut novel. Today, Ellen works as an author and as a journalist for international publications such as Vogue, Standpoint and CN Traveller. She lives in London with her husband, three children and a chubby, moody fox-red Labrador.
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With thanks to Becky, Midas and Bloomsbury for my blog tour invite and ARC, which I received in exchange for an honest review!