Book Review: Queen of Always (Stolen Empire) by Sherry D. Ficklin

Posted November 7, 2015 by @Angelized_1st in 2015 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge, Books, Entertainment, Reading Challenges / 0 Comments

Book Review: Queen of Always (Stolen Empire) by Sherry D. FicklinQueen of Always by Sherry D. Ficklin
Series: Stolen Empire,
Published by Clean Teen Publishing on November 23rd 2015
Genres: Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Romance
Pages: 280
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
ISBN: 1634221419
ASIN: B010UFUSU6
Reading Challenges: 2015 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge
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four-stars
two-flames

LONG LIVE THE QUEEN

If her time at court has taught Catherine anything, it’s that there is no room for weakness in Imperial Russia. With the Empress’ health failing and rumors of a change in the line of succession, her place in the royal line is once more in jeopardy. Tormented by her sadistic husband and his venomous mistress, Catherine must once more walk the fine line between pleasure and politics—between scandal and survival.

When her young son becomes the target of those rebelling against Peter’s reign, Catherine will have to rise up to protect herself, her child, and her nation from his unstable and potentially catastrophic rule. This means putting herself at odds with the most dangerous man she’s ever known, trusting those who once proved to be her enemies, and turning a nation against its sovereign. In the ultimate battle for the crown, new alliances will be forged, loyalties will be tested, and blood will be shed.

Don’t miss this breathtaking conclusion to the Stolen Empire series!
Queen of Tomorrow is a YA historical fiction based on the life of young Catherine the Great. Fans of the hit TV show REIGN will devour this scandalous glimpse into the life of one of the most dynamic women in history.

“LONG LIVE THE QUEEN”

I’ve had this book since it came out, and while it killed me, the wait was worth it. Author Sherry D. Ficklin concludes her Stolen Empire trilogy about the young life of Russian Empress Catherine the Great. Queen of Always finds Catherine awaiting the death of Empress Elizabeth and the future coronation of her husband Peter, yet her own position remains precarious. As the strain of their possible succession wears on them, Peter’s torments increase in viciousness, while his mistress becomes even more sure that she’ll usurp Catherine’s crown.

Like the two previous books, the pace of Queen of Always runs steady from once incident to the next. While I know what became of Catherine, Ficklin injected enough mystery in the book to make me doubt the outcome. Peter’s viciousness knows no bounds, and made me loathe him even more. Elizavetta, his mistress, somehow becomes even more venomous with each book, and I was happy how both she and Peter’s storylines were resolved. Aside from the dangers Catherine faced at home and abroad, she also continued to find some happiness.

What I loved about this book the most was how Catherine isn’t shown as perfect, but a woman forced by position and birth into making imperfect choices. Despite all of the trouble she faced, Catherine maintained her faith and conducted herself with class. I also enjoyed how Catherine was fierce, strong, and independent, and how those traits were strengths instead of weaknesses. During a time when the world was ruled mostly by men, Catherine was able to show how capable a woman in power could be, and that she could bring prosperity to her country. One aspect of the story that confused me was the changes made to the paternity of Catherine’s children. Considering the story, even the parts Ficklin took liberties with, these changes didn’t necessarily seem necessary.  Overall, Queen of Always was the perfect conclusion to the Stolen Empire trilogy. It was hard to put down, and an exciting read.

Rating Report
Plot
four-stars
Characters
four-half-stars
Writing
four-stars
Pacing
four-stars
Overall: 4.1

 

About Sherry D. Ficklin

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.

@Angelized_1st

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